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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Indianapolis

Posted Nov 12, 2017

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular Week 10 matchup at the Indianapolis Colts.

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 10 game at the Indianapolis Colts.

1:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff

1:04 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Second play of the game: From the Pittsburgh 30-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger tried to go deep to Martavis Bryant down the right sideline. The throw was less than perfect, and Bryant also didn’t do a great job of adjusting and getting himself into position to fight the defensive back for the ball. The result was an interception by Pierre Desir at the Indianapolis 21-yard line.

1:09 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers defense responded to the early interception with a three-and-out. On third down, Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett escaped contain, but Mike Hilton came up quickly to make a tackle 2 yards short of a first down to force the Colts to punt, and the Pittsburgh offense was back on the field with the ball at the 24-yard line.

1:23 p.m. ET - What went wrong: A needless surrender of field position because of penalties came late in the first quarter by the Steelers. Jordan Berry’s 51-yard punt was fair caught at the Indianapolis 10-yard line, but a holding penalty on Kameron Canaday resulted in a re-kick. That time, Berry’s 56-yard punt was returned 11 yards to the Colts 26-yard line, but the Steelers had to re-kick again because of a holding penalty on Sean Davis. Berry’s third punt traveled 53 yards to the Colts 28-yard line and a 4-yard return gave Indianapolis the ball at their own 32-yard line.

1:36 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The penultimate play of the first quarter will be listed as an 11-yard pass completion to Chester Rogers that became a net gain of 1 yard because of a holding penalty on Jack Doyle. But on the play, Joe Haden went down with an apparent injury to his left leg. He was replaced at cornerback by Coty Sensabaugh.

1:37 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Steelers 0, Colts 0

1:41 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the first play of the second quarter – on a first-and-15 from the 4-yard line – Donte Moncrief beat Artie Burns with a double-move to get himself wide open and Jacoby Brissett completed the pass for a 60-yard touchdown that gave the Colts a 7-0 lead.

2:00 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a third-and-4 from the Pittsburgh 43-yard line. Jacoby Brissett barely got the ball away before Cam Heyward arrived, and the after the short pass was caught by running back Marlon Mack, Will Gay missed a tackle, and then Ryan Shazier missed a tackle and the play gained 11 yards for a first down. Three plays later Adam Vinatieri kicked a 47-yard field goal to extend the Colts lead to 10-0 with 5:51 left in the first half.

2:09 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the offensive series following the field goal by Vinatieri that gave the Colts a 10-0 lead, a reverse to Martavis Bryant lost 10 yards, a run by Le’Veon Bell gained 3 yards, and then on third down, Vance McDonald, who had just returned after injuring an ankle on the kickoff following the Indianapolis touchdown, missed a blitz pickup and Ben Roethlisberger got creamed as he threw incomplete. The Colts took over at their own 22-yard line following the Jordan Berry punt.

2:24 p.m. ET - What went right: Chris Boswell cut the Colts lead to 10-3 with a 41-yard field goal just before the end of the first half, but even that possession felt like it should’ve yielded more. The Steelers had a first-and-10 at the Colts 25-yard line with 50 seconds left in the half and one timeout remaining. On the first down play, Ben Roethlisberger dropped the shotgun snap, and that cost the Steelers 8 yards and their final timeout. On second down, Roethlisberger’s short pass on a crossing route for Martavis Bryant was knocked down at the line of scrimmage. On third down, a 10-yard completion to Antonio Brown put them in position for Boswell’s field goal.

2:27 p.m. ET - Halftime: Colts 10, Steelers 3

2:44 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Colts extended their lead to 17-3 four plays into the second half, and it came on a 61-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to Chester Rogers. The play attacked the left side of the Steelers defense, where Coty Sensabaugh had been inserted in place of the injured Joe Haden. It was a busted coverage for sure, but there was no way to analyze instantly who was at fault. But after the completion, Mike Hilton and Mike Mitchell collided in attempting to make the tackle, and that allowed Rogers to complete the play for the touchdown.

2:57 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers answered the Colts’ third-quarter touchdown with one of their own, with a 7-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster accounting for the six points. But even with that, the Steeler allowed the extra point to be blocked, and so the Colts had a 17-9 lead with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter.

3:22 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Colts 17, Steelers 9

3:31 p.m. ET - What went right: Third-and-8 from the Indianapolis 13-yard line early in the fourth quarter was a great time for a takeaway, and Ryan Shazier delivered. Tight end Jack Doyle started the play lined up in the backfield, and then he leaked out and turned for a pass from Jacoby Brissett. The ball bounced off Doyle’s hands, and Shazier came up with a diving interception to give the Steelers the ball at the 10-yard line.

3:35 p.m. ET - What went right: Following the interception, the Steelers faced a third-and-goal from the 7-yard line. With great protection from the offensive line, Ben Roethlisberger extended the play until he saw Vance McDonald all alone along the right sideline about 5 yards deep in the end zone. After burning one timeout and a penalty for delay of game, Roethlisberger tied the game with a pass to Martavis Bryant for the two-point conversion.

3:48 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a third-and-12 at the Steelers 45-yard line in a tie game midway through the fourth quarter. A 20-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster was good for the first down and put the ball at the Colts 20-yard line. On third-and-6 from the Colts 19-yard line, Le’Veon Bell couldn’t hold onto a pass from Roethlisberger, and the Chris Boswell missed a 37-yard field goal.

4:00 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 20, Colts 17

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