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Offense leads Steelers to 45-10 rout over Colts

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Ben Roethlisberger threw for 364 yards and 4 touchdowns, DeAngelo Williams rushed for 134 yards and Antonio Brown scored 3 times as the Steelers hammered the Colts 45-10.

Brown caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns and added a 71-yard punt return for a score as the Steelers rebounded from last week’s loss in Seattle.

Roethlisberger completed 24 of 39 pass attempts with no interceptions. In his last two starts against the Colts, he has thrown for 866 yards and 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Martavis Bryant caught in four passes for 114 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown reception.

Chris Boswell kicked three field goals and missed another from 47 yards for the Steelers.

“We’re capable of doing that,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “If we don’t turn the ball over, that’s us and that’s been us. Ben was Ben and those guys did a nice job of getting open and making plays for him.”

Matt Hasselbeck threw for 169 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving in the fourth quarter because of neck and shoulder pain.

The game began ominously for the Steelers when Jacoby Jones fumbled the opening kickoff, giving Indianapolis the ball at the Steelers 11-yard line. The Colts were unable to take advantage, however, when Jarvis Jones intercepted a third-down pass from Matt Hasselbeck at the goal line.

Four plays later, the Steelers coughed it up again when running back DeAngelo Williams fumbled deep in their own territory again. Pittsburgh’s defense held again, forcing a 35-yard Adam Vinatieri field goal for a 3-0 Indy lead.

The Steelers responded with a field goal drive of their own to tie the game 3-3 before the Pittsburgh defense came up big again on the Colts next drive. Another third down pass by Hasselbeck led to an interception when Brandon Boykin made a diving grab of a tipped pass to five the Steelers the ball. Boykin's interception led to a 51-yard field goal from Chris Boswell that gave the Steelers a 6-3 lead.

After the teams exchanged punts, Hasselbeck found Frank Gore for a 9-yard score that put Indianapolis in front 10-6.

It was all the Steelers from there, as Roethlisberger completed six straight passes on an 80-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard scoring strike to Brown. Mike Tomlin elected to go for two, and Roethlisberger found Will Johnson in the middle of the end zone to make it 14-10.

The Steelers defense continued their strong play, forcing a three-and-out to give Roethlisberger and the offense two minutes to work with before the end of the half.

The veteran quarterback took advantage, commanding a 60-yards, 8-play drive that ended with a 5-yard scoring pass to Markus Wheaton to put the Steelers head 21-10 with 10 seconds left.

The Steelers made it 28-10 on their opening drive of the third quarter with their third consecutive touchdown drive. Roethlisberger and Bryant hooked up for a 68-yard score on a deep ball down the right sideline on third-and-3. Bryant made an acrobatic catch over Colts safety Mike Adams at the 41 and sprinted into the end zone.

Roethlisberger threw his second scoring strike to Brown, this one from 5 yards, to put the Steelers head 35-10 early in the fourth quarter.
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Boswell’s 42-yard field goal with 6:29 left made it 38-10 before Brown capped the scoring with his electrifying 71-yard punt return that ended with a leap into the goal post. Brown replaced Jacoby Jones in the second half after Jones fumbled his second kick of the game, a muffed a punt return in the second quarter.

The win improved the Steelers to 7-5, although they are still on the outside of the AFC playoff picture. The Colts fell to 6-6 but remain tied with Houston atop the AFC South.

The Steelers visit the first-place Bengals in Cincinnati next week.

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