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A Tale of Two Halves; Colts Meltdown in Pittsburgh in 28-24 Loss to Steelers

For the first 30 minutes Sunday the Colts looked like a team that was not only on their way to the playoffs, but possibly winning the AFC South.

Then, as quickly as they built a 17-point lead at 24-7, they gave it and the game away, eventually falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field 28-24.

The Colts ran all over the Steelers early, as they scored on their first possession and looked like they were ready to dominate all afternoon.

As fast as they built the lead, they lost it.

“Being able to put a team away after the first half is definitely something we needed to do,” Colts cornerback T.J. Carrie said via the Indy Star.

“Any spark, any life that you give them is an opportunity to come back.”

The Colts now have some work to do in week 17 in order to get to the playoffs, but one big key would be getting help Sunday night from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, who play the Titans at Lambeau Field.

While the ways the Colts can get to the postseason vary, one thing is for sure, they blew a great chance in Pittsburgh to make reaching the playoffs a whole lot easier.

Here’s the way the second half went for the Colts after they took a 17-point lead:

10 plays 60 yards, FG
3 plays 5 yards, punt
3 plays 3 yards, punt
5 plays 20 yards, punt
3 plays 17 yards, INT
11 plays, 43 yards, turnover on downs.

The struggle was real, and as good as the Colts were on defense, holding the Steelers to just 56 yards in the first half, they couldn’t hold down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense, as they exploded in the second half for 3 scores to steal the win.

The Colts still had a shot with two more possessions, the first ending with a pick by the Steelers Mike Hilton, and the second the Colts went down on downs on a failed fourth down.

The Colts will look to rebound next week in their regular season finale against the Jaguars, a one-win team.

By the way, that one win was against the Colts in week one.


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