Steelers-Colts Post-Game Notes

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STEELERS vs COLTS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2008 KICKOFF -- 4:15 P.M. POST-GAME NOTES

Team Notes:
• Pittsburgh dropped its second consecutive home game for the first time since 2005 and fell to 6-3 on the year (2-2 at Heinz Field).
• The Steelers fell to 14-6 all-time against the Colts and 10-2 at home in the series history. The loss snapped a nine-game winning streak in Pittsburgh for the Steelers in the series.
• Pittsburgh dropped its first game of the year against an AFC opponent (5-1).
• Pittsburgh opened a 7-0 lead on its first drive of the game as RB Mewelde Mooreran in from one yard out to cap a 62-yard drive. It was Moore's fourth rushing touchdown of the season. On the drive, QB Ben Roethlisbergerwas 4-for-4 for 48 yards, including a 23-yarder to WR Santonio Holmes.
• Indianapolis quickly responded with a four-play, 77-yard drive on the ensuing drive as QB Peyton Manning connected with WR Reggie Wayne on a 65-yard touchdown pass that was just over the outstretched hands of CB Ike Taylor.
• Moore scored his second touchdown of the game with a one-yard score in the second quarter to give Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead with 13:21 left in the first half. It was Moore's fifth touchdown of the season and his second multi-touchdown game of the season. On the drive, Roethlisberger hit WR Hines Wardfor a 41-yard flea-flicker down to the one-yard line.
K Jeff Reedbooted a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter to make it 17-7 at the 4:18 mark of the first half. It was Reed's 147th career field goal, moving him into second place on the team's all-time field goals made list ahead of Roy Gerela.
• After Roethlisberger tossed an interception at the Steelers' 30-yard line, Indianapolis drove in for a touchdown as Manning hit TE Dallas Clark for a two-yard touchdown with just six seconds remaining in the half to trim the lead to 17-14.
• The Colts tied the game on their opening drive of the second half as K Adam Vinatieri booted a 36-yard field goal to make it 17-17 at the 8:14 mark of the third quarter.
• The teams exchanged punts before the Steelers used 8:27 off the clock and regained the lead, 20-17, as Reed added a 24-yard field goal. The Steelers had first-and-goal but were unsuccessful on three rushing attempts.
• Pittsburgh forced a three-and-out by Indianapolis on the next drive and took possession with just over six minutes remaining in the game. However, on third-and-four, Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game and the Colts took over at the Steelers' 32-yard line.
• Four plays after the Roethlisberger pick, Manning connected with RB Dominic Rhodes for a 17-yard touchdown with just over three minutes to go in the game.
• Pittsburgh was able to march down to Indianapolis 27-yard line, but a desperation Roethlisberger pass into the end zone as time expired was intercepted to seal the Colts' victory.
• Pittsburgh finished with 326 yards of total offense (55 rushing, 271 passing) while the Colts finished with 290 yards of offense (62 rushing, 228 passing).
• Pittsburgh had 18 first downs to the Colts' 17.
• Both teams converted 56 percent of their third-down attempts.
• The Steelers held the ball for 34:05 while Indianapolis had possession for just 25:55.
• Pittsburgh finished with two sacks for 12 yards while the Colts had two sacks for 13 yards.
• The Steelers were penalized three times for 20 yards to Indianapolis' six penalties for 45 yards.
QB Dennis Dixon (3rd QB), CB Bryant McFadden, RB Willie Parker, LB LaMarr Woodley, OL Tony Hills, OT Marvel Smith, TE Heath Millerand DE Orpheus Royewere inactive for Pittsburgh.
 
 
Individual Notes:
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Finished 30-for-42 for 284 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions (60.0 passer rating).
• Hit WR Hines Ward for a 41-yard pass on a flea-flicker in the second quarter.
• Tossed completions to seven different receivers.
• Added a 23-yard completion to WR Santonio Holmes.
• Moved into second place on the team's all-time passing yardage list with 13,359 career yards. He passed Kordell Stewart (13,328) on the all-time list and trails only Terry Bradshaw (27,989).
 
 
 
 
RB Mewelde Moore
• Made his fourth start of the season in place of the injured RB Willie Parker.
• Finished with 57 yards rushing on 24 carries (2.4 avg.) with two touchdowns. It marked his second multi-rushing touchdown game of the season.
• Scored a one-yard touchdown on the Steelers' first drive of the game, his fourth of the season.
• Posted his second one-yard touchdown of the game in the second quarter, giving him five for the year.
• Caught a season-high six passes for 48 yards (8.0 avg.), including a 16-yarder. His six catches were the most since he had six on Jan. 1, 2006 versus Chicago while playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
 
RB Gary Russell
• Returned four kickoffs for 103 yards (25.8 avg.), including a career-long 39-yarder.
 
WR Hines Ward
• Caught a season-high nine passes for 116 yards (12.9 avg.), his first 100-yard game of the season.
• His 116 yards marked his 17th career 100-yard receiving game, giving him sole possession of second place on the team's all-time list, moving ahead of Louis Lipps.
• Hauled in a 41-yard flea-flicker
• Has now caught a pass in a team-record 155 consecutive games.
 
WR Nate Washington
• Caught three passes for 30 yards (10.0 avg.).
• Had a 16-yard reception on the Steelers' first drive of the game, setting up the first touchdown.
 
WR Santonio Holmes
• Caught four passes for 29 yards (7.3 avg.), including a long of 23 yards.
• Returned four punts for 40 yards (10.0 avg.), including a season-long 23-yarder.
 
TE Matt Spaeth
• Made his sixth start of the season, but his first as the Steelers' first tight end in place of the injured TE Heath Miller.
• Caught a career-high six passes for 53 yards (8.8 avg.), including a long of 13 yards.
 
OT Max Starks
• Made his fourth consecutive start in place of the injured OT Marvel Smith.
 
DE Aaron Smith
• Posted an 11-yard sack in the first quarter, giving him two on the year and 40.5 for his career. He is now in eighth place on the team's all-time sacks list, moving ahead of Ernie Holmes (40 career sacks). It was the first sack against Manning in the previous 119 pass attempts.
• Finished with four tackles (three solo).
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LB James Harrison

• Posted a one-yard sack in the second quarter, giving him 11 on the year. The 11 sacks are the most by a Steeler since LB Jason Gildon had 12 in 2001.
• Finished with a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo) with three tackles-for-loss and two QB pressures.
 
LB Lawrence Timmons
• Made his first career start in place of the injured LB LaMarr Woodley.
• Finished with five tackles (four solo).
 
CB Ike Taylor
• Finished with five tackles (all solo) and two passes defensed.

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P Paul Ernster
• Punted three times for 113 yards (37.7 avg.) with two punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
 
K Jeff Reed
• Finished a perfect 2-for-2 in field goals and 2-for-2 in PATs for eight points.
• His 42-yard field goal in the second quarter gave him 147 career field goals, moving him into second place on the team's all-time list ahead of Roy Gerela. He trails only Gary Anderson (309).

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