Thanksgiving Day Game: Big Ben, Brown and Steelers Defeat Colts, 28-7

Nov 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs the ball while Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rashaan Melvin (30) defends in the first half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs the ball while Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rashaan Melvin (30) defends in the first half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger passed for 221 yards and three touchdowns – each to Antonio Brown – and the Pittsburgh Steelers recorded a 28-7 victory Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts, whose starting quarterback Andrew Luck was out with a concussion.

Roethlisberger completed 14 of 20 passes, and Le’Veon Bell rushed 23 times for 120 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers (6-5) won for the second time in five days on the road after winning Sunday at Cleveland.

Starting in place of Luck, who suffered a concussion late in Sunday’s victory against Tennessee, Scott Tolzien completed 22 of 36 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown, but he was intercepted in the fourth quarter by free safety Mike Mitchell and cornerback William Gay during the final 7:51, the first setting up a 22-yard TD pass to Brown that extended the lead to 28-7.

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Another key was Pittsburgh twice stopping the Colts on fourth and goal from the 1. Each time, a Tolzien pass fell incomplete. The second was the final play of a 19-play, 89-yard drive.

Roethlisberger completed 9 of 13 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and Bell rushed 12 times for 73 yards and a score, helping the Steelers take a 21-7 lead through two quarters.

Pittsburgh scored touchdowns on each of its first three drives.

Bell’s 5-yard touchdown run capped a seven-play, 52-yard drive the first time the Steelers had the ball, and the Steelers led 7-0 with 9:10 left in the first quarter.

Roethlisberger made it 14-0 with 1:06 to go in the opening quarter on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, capping a seven-play, 58-yard drive.

With the help of a 35-yard pass on a fake punt by Pat McAfee, the Colts pulled to within 14-7 with 13:02 left in the second quarter on Tolzien’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief.

Pittsburgh countered with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Brown with 9:00 to go in the half, increasing the lead to 21-7.

Indianapolis had a chance to pull to within one score with 1:08 remaining in the half, but Tolzien misfired on a fourth-down pass from the Pittsburgh 1. Tolzien was 8 of 15 for 84 yards and two sacks in the first half.

SOURCE: Reuters

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