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Game Preview: Steelers vs. Indianapolis (Week 13)

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Colts heading into the Week 13 contest at Heinz Field.

Date:Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 **Kickoff:8:30 p.m. ET Site:Heinz Field (68,400) • Pittsburgh, Pa. Playing Surface: Natural Grass TV Coverage:NBC-TV (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11) Announcers:Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color analyst) & Michele Tafoya (sideline) Local Radio:Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970) Announcers:Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) & Craig Wolfley (sideline) National Radio:Westwood One Sports Announcers: Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) & James Lofton (color analyst)

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 88-51 (.633)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 88-51 (.633)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/five years

Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano
Overall regular-season record: 39-20 (.661)/fourth season
Regular-season record with Indianapolis: 39-20 (.661)/fourth season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-3/three years

Series History: Series began in 1957
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 15-6
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 10-2
At Indianapolis: Steelers lead, 5-4
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Steelers won previous two meetings
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 26, 2014, in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 51, Indianapolis 34
Postseason Series: Steelers lead, 5-0
Last Post-Season Meeting: Jan. 15, 2006, in Indianapolis - Divisional
Pittsburgh 21, Indianapolis 18
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week's game marks the 22nd time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts will meet in the regular season...the Steelers hold a nine game advantage in the all-time series (15- 6), including a 10-2 mark at home...Sunday's game will mark just the second game between the two teams in the month of December (W, 35-13, Dec. 9, 1978 in Pittsburgh).

Pittsburgh 51, Indianapolis 34
Oct. 26, 2014
Heinz Field (62,479)

Photos from the last victory vs the Colts at Heinz Field on October 26th, 2014.

PITTSBURGH** - QB Ben Roethlisberger had a game for the ages as he threw for a team record 522 yards and a team record six passing touchdowns to help guide the Steelers to a 51-34 win against the Colts at Heinz Field.

K Adam Vinatieri made a 31-yard field goal on the Colts first drive of the game to give Indianapolis the early 3-0 lead. Pittsburgh responded with 21 unanswered points. Roethlisberger connected with WR Markus Wheaton for an 18-yard touchdown and then with WR Martavis Bryant for a five-yard score. And then CB William Gay stepped in front of an Andrew Luck throw and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 21-3 lead.

Indianapolis cut the lead 21-10 when Luck connected with TE Dwayne Allen for a 21-yard touchdown. Roethlisberger then capped off Pittsburgh's next two drives with touchdown throws to WR Antonio Brown. The first touchdown was from eight yards out and the second one was from 47 yards out to give Pittsburgh a 35- 10 advantage.

Luck connected with WR T.Y. Hilton for a 28-yard touchdown and Vinatieri made a 23-yard field goal as the halftime whistle sounded, and the teams went into halftime with Pittsburgh leading 35-20.

Roethlisberger and Bryant connected for a two-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to give Pittsburgh a 42-20 advantage. Indianapolis then scored two straight times to get within eight points. RB Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 12-yard run and Luck threw a 31-yard touchdown to WR Donte Moncrief to cut the lead to 42-34.

Early in the fourth quarter the Colts forced a Steelers turnover as Pittsburgh was in the red zone. But Luck tripped and was called for a penalty in the end zone and the play resulted in a safety. Leading 44-34, Roethlisberger led the team on a 12-play, 67-yard drive that he capped off with his sixth touchdown of the game, an 11-yard pass to TE Heath Miller.


Colts (5-3) 3 17 14 0 34
STEELERS(5-3) 7 28 7 9 51

IND 1 11:56 Vinatieri 31 yd. FG 7-67; 3:04 0-3
PIT 1 7:13 Wheaton 18 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 9-80; 4:43 7-3
PIT 2 14:57 Bryant 5 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 12-76; 6:29 14-3
PIT 2 14:16 Gay 33 yd. interception return (Suisham kick) 21-3
IND 2 11:36 Allen 21 yd. pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick) 5-86; 2:40 21-10
PIT 2 8:33 Brown 8 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 7-87; 3:03 28-10
PIT 2 5:08 Brown 47 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 4-77; 2:26 35-10
IND 2 1:56 Hilton 28 yd. pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick) 8-80; 3:12 35-17
IND 2 0:00 Vinatieri 23 yd. FG 5-60; 0:35 35-20
PIT 3 9:59 Bryant 2 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 10-80; 5:01 42-20
IND 3 3:38 Bradshaw 12 yd. run (Vinatieri kick) 8-69; 3:06 42-27
IND 3 2:35 Moncrief 31 yd. pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick) 3-36; 0:51 42-34
PIT 4 12:34 Penalty on Luck enforced in end zone for safety 44-34
PIT 4 5:14 Miller 11 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 12-67; 7:20 51-34


Former Steelers/Colts**
• Steelers WR Darrius Heyward-Bey played one season (2013) in Indianapolis.

Area Connections
• Colts OL coach Hal Hunter was also the OL coach at the University of Pittsburgh for two seasons (1983-84) and California (Pa.) for one season (1986). Hunter hails from Canonsburg, Pa., and played at Belle Vernon High School.
• Indianapolis WR coach Jim Hostler is native of Bethel Park,Pa., and is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Hostler was also on staff at IUP from 1990-92 and again from 1994-98.
• Colts head athletic trainer Dave Hammer was born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Indianapolis P Pat McAfee is from Plum, Pa.

NFL Connections
• Steelers HC Mike Tomlin coached one season (2001) with Colts QB coach Clyde Christensen and RB coach Charlie Williams in in Tampa Bay.
• Pittsburgh WR coach Richard Mann coached one season (2001) in Washington with Indianapolis DC Greg Manusky.
• Mann coached four seasons (2006-09) with Colts defensive asst. Tim Berbenich in Tampa Bay while Steelers S Will Allen was a Buccaneer during that time span.
• Mann worked in Kansas City with Colts WR coach Jim Hostler for one season (2000).
• Steelers DB coach Carnell Lake played one season (1999) with Colts asst. ST coach Brant Boyer in Jacksonville.
• Steelers RB coach James Saxon was on staff in Miami from 2008-10 while Colts DE Kendall Langford was a Dolphin.
• Steelers KR/WR Jacoby Jones was a Baltimore Raven at the same time Hostler was a coach (2012-13).
• Jones and Colts WR Andre Johnson were teammates in Houston (2007-11).
• Pittsburgh DT Cam Thomas played under Manusky in San Diego in 2011 when he was the DC.
• Thomas was teammates with Indianapolis QB Charlie Whitehurst for one season in San Diego (2013).
• Pittsburgh OL coach Mike Munchak was the HC in Tennessee when Indianapolis QB Matt Hasselbeck played there from 2011-12.
• Steelers TE Matt Spaeth played two seasons (2011- 12) with Colts G Lance Louis in Chicago.
• Pittsburgh CB William Gay played one season (2012) in Arizona with Indianapolis CB Greg Toler.
• Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams played in Carolina at the same time Colts assoc. HC Rob Chudzinski was on staff for the Panthers (2011-12).
• Indianapolis secondary coach Mike Gillhamer was also a coach in Carolina while Williams was a player (2006-10).
• Williams was also teammates with Colts CB Josh Thomas in Carolina (2011-13).
• Pittsburgh QB Mike Vick (2009-13) and CB Brandon Boykin (2012-14) were both teammates of Indianapolis OLB Trent Cole and G Todd Herremans in Philadelphia.

College Connections
• Steelers ILB coach Jerry Olsavsky coached one season(2002) with Colts Asst. OL coach Hal Hunter at North Carolina.
• Pittsburgh WR Darrius Heyward-Bey spent one season (2005) at Maryland with Indianapolis ILB D'Qwell Jackson.
• Pittsburgh DT Cam Thomas was at North Carolina when Colts HC Chuck Pagano was the DC in 2007.
• Pittsburgh DE Cameron Heyward (2007-10) and LB Ryan Shazier (2011-13) were teammates with Indianapolis T/G Jack Mewhort (2010-13) at Ohio State .
• Steelers G David DeCastro played for two seasons (2010-11) at Stanford under Pagano.
• DeCastro (2008-11) was teammates with Colts TE Coby Fleener (2008-11), QB Andrew Luck (2009-11) and WR Griff Whalen (2008-11) at Stanford.
• Steelers T Marcus Gilbert (2009-10) was teammates with Colts C Jonotthan Harrison at Florida.
• Pittsburgh LB Vince Williams played three seasons (2010-12) with Indianapolis OLB Bjoern Werner at Florida State.
• Steelers WR Martavis Bryant was a Clemson teammate of Colts TE Dwayne Allen (2011).
• Steelers FB Will Johnson played two seasons (2007-08) with Colts P Pat McAfee at West Virginia.
• Steelers LB Bud Dupree played with Colts S Winston Guy at Kentucky (2011).
• Steelers WR Sammie Coates played alongside Colts WR Quan Bray at Auburn for all four years of college (2011-14).
• Pittsburgh LB Anthony Chickillo and Indianapolis WR Phillip Dorsett were teammates for four years at Miami (Fla.)

Passing Yards
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 522 (10/26/2014)
Colts: Andrew Luck - 400 (10/26/2014)

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Barry Foster - 179 (9/18/1994)
Colts: Edgerrin James - 124 (11/28/2005)

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Louis Lipps - 154 (9/8/1985)
Colts: T.Y. Hilton - 155 (10/26/2014)

• With a win, the Steelers will improve to 430-276-2 during the regular season since 1970.
• The Steelers look to improve to 16-6 all-time against the Colts in the regular season and to 11-2 at home.
• Pittsburgh aims for its third consecutive win against Indianapolis (2011: 23-20 and 2014: 51-34).

• A win would improve Tomlin to 89-51 during the regular season, inlcuding 52-19 at home.
• Coach Tomlin looks to improve to 3-1 in the regular season against Indianapolis and move to 2-1 at home vs. the Colts.
• With a win, would improve to 23-12 in the month of December and to 16-6 in the month at home.

• Is 23 pass completions from 200 in 2015 to mark his 10th consecutive year with at least 200.
• Will extend his consecutive games played with 300 passing yards or more to four with his next 300-yard game to establish a new career-long streak.
• With 3,000 passing yards in 2015, will become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in 10 consecutive seasons.


The best photos of WR Antonio Brown from the 2015 season.

• Is 49 receiving yards from becoming the third player in Steelers history with 6,500 (Hines Ward: 12,083 and John Stallworth: 8,723).
• With his next touchdown catch, will move into a tie for eighth in team history with Ray Mathews (34).
• With his next 100-yard game, will become the third player in in franchise history with 23-such performances in the regular season (Hines Ward – 29 and John Stallworth – 25).
• With 100 receptions in 2015, will extend his franchise record of consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches to three.
• With 110 catches in 2015, will become the second player in NFL history to record 110 or more receptions in three consecutive years (Wes Welker, 2007-09).
• With 125 receptions in 2015, would become the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back seasons of 125 catches or more.

• Is 29 receptions from joining Hines Ward (1,000) as the second player in team history with 600.
• Needs six touchdown catches to become just the fourth player in Steelers history with 50.
• With 50 receptions in 2015, will record his fifth consecutive 50-catch season.

• Will record the 21st 100-yard rushing game of his career with his next 100-yard performance.

• With 2.5 sacks will match a single-season career-high set in 2014 with 7.5

• One multi-sack game to break a tie with Jason Gildon (17) for the most such games in team history.

• Will match Rod Woodson (5) for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in team history with his next pick six.

• Needs 198 punt return yards to move into second in team history (Antwaan Randle El, 1,650).
• One punt return for a touchdown to tie Antwaan Randle El (4) for the most in Steelers history.

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