Steelers Escape Indianapolis With 23-20 Win – Game Recap

The Steelers slipped out of Lucas Oil Stadium with a 23-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night to move to 2-1 on the season. Shaun Suisham hit a 38-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the game after the Steelers offense drove 60 yards on 9 plays to set up the game winning kick.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 25 of 37 on the night passing for 364 yards and it included an 81-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace in the first quarter. Wallace finished with 5 catches for 144 yards to lead all wide receivers in the game. Roethlisberger did have an interception on the night and was sacked 3 times and fumbled twice. One of those fumbles was scooped up by Jamal Anderson and returned 47 yards for a touchdown. The Steelers offensive line was pretty bad on the night not only in pass protection, but also opening up holes in the running game. On the night the Steelers only rushed for 67 yards on 28 carries.

The Steelers defense was not without fault as they allowed the Colts to rush for 97 yards on 21 carries. They did however hold the Colts to just 153 yards passing and finally recorded a game changing sack by James Harrison in the 4th quarter of Colts backup quarterback Curtis Painter. Harrison forced a fumble on the sack and Troy Polamalu returned it 16 yards for a Steelers touchdown. Harrison had 7 tackles on the night and played well.

The Steelers secondary played well as a whole as Ike Taylor held Reggie Wayne to just 3 catches for 24 yards. He dodged a bullet late in the game when he was beat by Pierre Garcon on a double move, but Painter was unable to hit the wide open receiver.

Antonio Brown had a nice game that included 4 catches for 75 yards and several big punt returns that provided the Steelers offense great field position. Emmanuel Sanders had a rough night as he had a key early drop and seemed to quite on a route that resulted in the Roethlisberger interception. After the interception Sanders jumped over Joe Lefeged instead of tagging him so he would be down. Lefeged got up and returned the ball 25 yards to the Steelers 25-yard line.

A few other notes:

The Steelers knocked Colts starter Kerry Collins out of the game with a concussion and that was huge. Painter is bad.

Teams are learning to cut Casey Hampton and the Colts did that several times throughout the night. I expect this to continue. It caused Hampton to be worried about it and he was pushed around because of it.

I really thought LaMarr Woodley should have had a much bigger night. He was held in check most of the night.

Ziggy Hood was able to get some push and pressure on the left side.

That was not the same Dallas Clark we have seen in the past. He dropped a few balls and looked hampered by his injury. Certainly not 100%.

The James Farrior and Larry Foote rotation continues.

Dwight Freeney abused Jonathan Scott all night.

Marcus Gilbert did his job on the first sack fumble as he road his man well around the pocket. That one might be on Roethlisberger.

Chris Kemoeatu was getting his knee reportedly looked at early in the game and I would not be surprised if he needs it drained again next week.

Joseph Addai averaged 5.1 yards per carry against Steelers.

Scott had his left ankle wrapped in ice after the game and was seen on crutches. Doug Legursky and Gilbert said they will be fine after the game. We shall see.

Legursky is so much better on the move pulling left and had a nice couple of blocks.

The linemen and tight ends looked late on several snaps making blocks and did not get off the ball well at times.

  • Hiddenaway

    Just dreadful

  • Steve Duncan

    How long before Suisham’s inconsistency becomes a liability?

  • Derek

    The o-line is a mess right now and they are about to face another team with good pass rushers but this time The Texans have a offense that can put up points. It’s early after a Sunday night win but this weeks game looks like it could be a ugly one.

  • Emil

    So many things need fixing. This game could easily have been won 24-7. I really hope some of the problems are coachable.

  • Zarf

    Karma for letting Hills go – he is better than Legursky and Foster at RG imo

    Still, Ben needs to play better as he once again (like in the Baltimore game) let the pressure get to his head after the first sack fumble. This usually wasn’t a problem in the past as Ben played very well when blitzed, but seems to be an issue this year.

  • Thomas

    maaaan why can’t we run the ball, if we’re going to always get big hulky offensive lineman that cant pass block all the time should’t we be able to at least do that against a team that has always had problems stopping it? speaking of the Run man did Arron Smith eeever get his ass kicked all game, Casey got single blocked and taken for a ride by Saturday a few times too, yeeesh! This game really has my hopes down about the future this year.

  • The only thing Legursky is good at is pulling left. His negatives out weight his positives.

  • Matt Dziabo

    Ben should’ve known to go to a “game manager mode” in the 2nd quarter. No need to expose the football.

    Anyone else think Lebeau should go back to the dime D. The 2 dogs/ 1 bone thing might work for the rookie corners. Timmons could be a good change of pace speed rusher.

  • eye-in-the-sky

    I say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Right now the pass defense is #1. True we’re talking about 3 games, but honestly the secondary has looked pretty good. Lewis has looked good and Gay seems to be improving. I might start Lewis at LCB and leave Gay in the slot, but other than that, the secondary hasn’t provided much to complain about so far.