PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger kept insisting once all the pieces were in place, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense could hang with anyone.
Looks like it.
Roethlisberger set franchise records with 522 yards passing and six touchdowns and the Pittsburgh Steelers raced by the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 on Sunday.
Roethlisberger’s yardage total was the fourth highest in NFL history. He became the first player to go over 500 yards passing twice as the Steelers (5-3) won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 133 yards and two scores. Heath Miller caught seven passes for 112 yards and the clinching TD with 5:14 remaining.
Andrew Luck passed for 400 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. He handed the Steelers a safety when he was called for intentional grounding in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter as the Colts (5-3) saw their five-game winning streak end.
The 907 combined passing yards were the second most, trailing only the 971 yards Detroit and Green Bay put up on Jan. 1, 2012.
The Colts gave up 639 total yards and never led, though Luck kept repeatedly threatening to pull off a miracle akin to the 28-point rally he engineered against Kansas City in last year’s wild-card playoff.
Indianapolis trailed 35-10 at one point, but had the ball and 95 yards ahead of it trailing 42-34 midway through the fourth quarter. Luck, however, tripped over center Jonotthan Harrison and fell on his backside at the goal line. He flung the ball to the left but there wasn’t a receiver anywhere close.
Officials awarded the Steelers a safety when they flagged Luck for intentional grounding to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 44-34.
Steelers 51, Colts 34
Ind—FG Vinatieri 31
Pit—Wheaton 18 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Pit—Bryant 5 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Pit—Gay 33 interception return (Suisham kick)
Ind—Allen 21 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Pit—A.Brown 8 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Pit—A.Brown 47 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Ind—Hilton 28 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—FG Vinatieri 23
Pit—Bryant 2 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
Ind—Bradshaw 12 run (Vinatieri kick)
Ind—Moncrief 31 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick)
Pit—Miller 11 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)
|Total Net Yards||448||639|
|Time of Poss.||20:17||39:43|
RUSHING—Indianapolis, Bradshaw 6-35, Luck 3-26, Herron 1-2. Pittsburgh, Bell 24-92, Blount 6-21, A.Brown 1-5, Roethlisberger 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Indianapolis, Luck 26-45-2-400. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 40-49-0-522.
RECEIVING—Indianapolis, Moncrief 7-113, Bradshaw 7-52, Hilton 6-155, Whalen 2-23, Nicks 1-27, Allen 1-21, Herron 1-5, Fleener 1-4. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 10-133, Miller 7-112, Bell 6-56, Bryant 5-83, Wheaton 5-56, Moore 2-33, Johnson 2-22, Blount 2-11, Heyward-Bey 1-16.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.
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