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Steelers shut down Colts in 28-7 win

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Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown hooked up for three touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense shut down the depleted Indianapolis Colts in a 28-7 victory Thursday night.

Roethlisberger's three touchdown passes to Brown along with two goal line stands were enough to lift the Steelers to the win.

The Steelers scored touchdowns on their first three possessions on Thursday night.

First, after a three and out on the Colts first possession, Le'Veon Bell capped off a seven-play, 52-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run.

Then, after a Adam Vinatieri missed 52-yard field goal, Roethlisberger threw a 25-yard touchdown strike to Brown.

The Colts got on the board after a 5-yard touchdown pass from Scott Tolzien to Donte Moncrief. The touchdown which was sparked by a Pat McAfee 35-yard pass to Erik Swoope on a fake punt.

The Steelers extended their lead to 21-7 when Roethlisberger found Brown again on a 33-yard touchdown pass.

The Colts had back-to-back drives that stalled at the one-yard line. First, on the Colts final possession of the first half the Steelers held the Colts to nothing on a 10-play, 62-yard drive after a Tolzien pass to Chester Rogers fell incomplete.

On the Colts first possession of the second half, a 19-play, 89-yard drive again stalled at the one when Tolzien's pass to Phillip Dorsett was broken up by Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons.

The Steelers sealed the game after a Mike Mitchell interception led to a 22-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Brown.

Roethlisberger went 14 for 20 for 221 yards with the three touchdown passes to Brown, while Brown had five catches for 91 yards. Bell had 23 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown.

For the Colts, Tolzien, who filled in for Andrew Luck (concussion), went 22 for 36 for 305 yard with one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Steelers (6-5) will host the New York Giants next Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field.

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