Steelers struggled, but managed to beat the Colts

The Pittsburgh Steelers outlasted the Indianapolis Colts 17-24 in the game that closed Week 12 of the 2022 NFL Season.

Despite the win Pittsburgh remains in last place in the AFC North Division with four wins and seven losses. Indianapolis fell to third place in the American South with a 4-7 record.

Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett passed for 174 yards; he was caught three times. For the Colts, Matt Ryan totaled 199 yards, one touchdown, and one interception and was caught three times.

Pittsburgh’s defense dominated in the first half; it allowed only three points to the Colts. On offense, the Steelers lost Najee Harris, their star running back, late in the second quarter with an abdominal injury.

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Coach Mike Tomlin’s offense took an 0-3 lead with a field goal on their first series and got right back on the field thanks to an interception by James Pierre on a Matt Ryan fumble by one of his receivers.

A spectacular performance by the Colts’ defense with two catches by Yannick Ngakoue on Kenny Pickett prevented their quarterback’s mistake from representing points against them.

In the second half, the Steelers widened the gap to 0-6 with another field goal and went 0-13 with a touchdown on the ground by Najee Harris.

The Colt’s offense responded with just under four minutes left in the half with a three-point kick to bring them within 3-13. The Steelers responded to make it 3-16 at the end of the first half.

In the third quarter, Indianapolis tightened the game driven by Dallis Flowers’ 89-yard kickoff return that left his offense at the opponent’s 19-yard line, a position that Jonathan Taylor took advantage of with a two-yard touchdown run, making the score 10-16.

The Colts lost the chance to come back due to a fumble by Matt Ryan with one yard to go for a touchdown that was recovered by Chris Wormley.

One series later Indianapolis returned to the red zone, this time Ryan did not miss and found Michael Pittman in the diagonals; for the first time in the game the home team took a 17-16 lead.

At the start of the final period, the Steelers regained control with a two-yard run by Benny Snell for a touchdown that sealed the 17-24 win.

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