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Roethlisberger and the Steelers Topped the Colts in a Nail-Biting 28-24 Victory

The Pittsburgh Steelers topped the Indianapolis Colts in a nail-biting 28-24 win, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. They deployed a rushing game that produced 20 yards, one rushing touchdown, to support a Ben Roethlisberger performance of 342 yards and three touchdowns.

Roethlisberger contributed to this win by completing 34 of 49 passes, finishing the game with 342 yards, no interceptions, three touchdowns and a QB rating of 109.40.

The Steelers deployed a rushing game led by James Conner and Jaylen Samuels. For the game, Conner carried the ball five times and rushed for 20 yards, leading to one touchdown. Samuels supplemented by carrying the ball no times for a total of zero yards. In the passing game, the Steelers’ top receivers were JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson. Smith-Schuster caught nine passes for a total of 96 yards, while Johnson contributed with 75 yards from eight passes.

The Steelers were helped by a defensive effort that resulted in five sacks, and three tackles for loss, to go along with one forced fumble, with zero defensive touchdowns.

For the losing team, Philip Rivers finished the game completing 22 of 35 passes to lead the way for the Colts. This performance by Rivers led to a QB rating of 84.20, and game stats of 270 yards, one interception and one touchdown.

The rushing game for the Colts was led by Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Taylor. For the game, Hines rushed for 44 yards from carrying the football eight times. Meanwhile Taylor carried the ball 18 times for a total of 74 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Colts included T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal. Hilton caught three passes for a total of 60 yards, while Pascal contributed with 64 yards from three passes.

In a losing effort, the Colts defense contributed with one sack , zero forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, and no defensive touchdowns for the game.

After the win, the Steelers now have a 12-3 record, compared to the Colts who now have a 10-5 record.