What just happened? Besides the Colts losing 20-17 after outscoring the Steelers 17-9 in through first three quarters of the game, we all saw what type of defense and offense the Colts can have when on the top of their game and what an explosive offense can look like even without Andrew Luck.
Starting things off Jacoby Brissett went 14 completions on 24 attempts with 222 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. The interception was not Jacoby Brissett’s fault at all either; if Jack Doyle had caught the ball that went through his hands and into Ryan Shazier’s to set up the Steelers touchdown then the Colts would be ending the game with the win and the score most likely 13-17. The last time the Colts lost by seven points or less to the Steelers was 9/25/2011, yes over six years ago; not to mention the last time they beat the Steelers was in 2008. Gore had another average game totaling 54 yards in 17 carries. As for receivers, both Donte Moncrief and Chester Rodgers had 60+ yards receiving touchdowns. Rodgers had 104 yards and a touchdown on six receptions while Moncrief had only 60 yards in his single catch. The offensive line let up many sacks allowing the Steelers three sacks all in the second half.
Jon Bostic and Antonio Morrison had nine tackles as individuals while Pierre Desir had eight tackles and two pass deflections along with an early interception. Mathias Farley and Johnathan Hankins both had a pass deflection each while Barkevious Mingo had two along with his single tackle. Hassan Ridgeway had the only sack in the game for the Colts while being a back up for Hankins. Adam Vinatieri made all three of his kicks while UDFA punter Rigoberto Sanchez had a punt land at the one yard line and another inside the 20 yard line and averaged 46.9 yards per punt.