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Colts Solve Big Ben, Rally to Edge Steelers 24-20

If there ever was a time for the Indianapolis Colts to revert to the team of old, Week 10 was it as the AFC South – unless the Tennessee Titans completely collapse – has a divisional winner in place. Enter Peyton Manning and a Colts defense that came up clutch late in the fourth quarter; an interception thrown by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter allowed Manning to led the Colts to the game-winning drive, capped by a touchdown pass from Manning to running back Dominic Rhodes, leading Indianapolis to a big 24-20 win over Pittsburgh Sunday at Heinz Field.

The Steelers’ opening drive was 62 yards, capped by a 1-yard TD run by RB Melwelde Moore, giving Pittsburgh an early 7-0 lead; Roethlisberger would later come back to complete a pair of passes which culminated in another TD run by Moore along with a 42-yard field goal by kicker Jeff Reed, pushing the Steelers’ advantage to 17-7. Roethlisberger, however, would throw an INT to Colts CB Keiwan Ratliff gave the Colts the ball at the Steelers 30-yard line with 1:24 left in the first half. Manning would find tight end Dallas Clark in the end zone for a score, putting Indianapolis to within 17-14.

Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri‘s 36-yard FG on their opening drive of the third quarter would tie the game at 17; after Roethlisberger threw a pick to Colts safety Tim Jennings with 4:44 remaining in the game, Indianapolis would go on what would prove to be the game-winning drive, with Rhodes accounting for all 32 yards, including the game-winning TD reception.

Manning, while not very accurate, was clutch as he went 21-of-40 for 228 yards and 3 TD’s while Roethlisberger was 30-of-42 for 271 and 3 INT’s. The Colts running game was led by Joseph Addai with 34 yards on 12 carries while Rhodes ran for 28 yards and catching 2 passes for 24 yards and a TD; the Steelers leading rusher was Moore with 57 yards on 24 carries and 2 scores while catching 6 passes for 48 yards.

Reggie Wayne led all Colts receivers with 6 receptions for 114 yards and a TD while Clark caught 3 passes for 24 yards and a score. Pittsburgh receivers were led by Hines Ward who caught 9 passes for 116 yards while TE Matt Spaeth caught 6 for 53 yards. Indianapolis (5-4) plays again on Sunday when they return to Lucas Oil Stadium to host the Houston Texans while Pittsburgh (6-3) remains at home to host the San Diego Chargers – also on Sunday.

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