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Steelers clinch road win against Colts thanks to drive from Kenny Pickett

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Nov 29, 2022

The Pittsburgh Steelers tore their way to victory against the Indianapolis Colts on the road Monday night, 24-17, thanks to a go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Kenny Pickett led the Steelers on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Benny Snell touchdown run and a successful two-point talk attempt thanks to a pass to George Pickens. Pittsburgh took a seven-point lead with 9:44 remaining in the game and never looked back. Pickett had a 13-yard pass to Snell and a 17-yard pass to Pat Freiermuth to help set up the touchdown.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Steelers’ defense would stop the late prosecution of Matt Ryan.

Pickett finished 20-for-28 with 174 passing yards. He was fired three times. Snell rushed for 62 yards after getting the majority of the carries when Najee Harris left the game with an abdominal injury. Harris had 35 rushing yards with a touchdown before leaving.

Pickens led the Steelers with three catches for 57 yards. Diontae Johnson had five catches for 49 yards.

The Colts buried themselves early with a handful of crucial errors.

Ryan was intercepted by Steelers cornerback James Pierre on his second pitch of the game. After that drive, Indianapolis punted twice and kicked a field goal. An earlier field goal attempt was blocked.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Indianapolis.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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The Colts tried to get back into the game down 16-3.

Colts kick returner Dallis Flowers returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards and four plays later Jonathan Taylor was in the end zone to cut the deficit to just six points. But on their next drive, the momentum was lost after a fumble on a poor pass from Ryan to Taylor.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) celebrates a touchdown run with George Pickens (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Monday, November 28, 2022, in Indianapolis.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) celebrates a touchdown run with George Pickens (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Monday, November 28, 2022, in Indianapolis.
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indianapolis took the lead with 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter thanks to Ryan’s pass to Michael Pittman Jr. The defense would allow the Steelers to score on the ensuing drive.

Ryan finished 22 of 34 with 199 passing yards and a touchdown pass to Pittman. Taylor led the team with 86 rushing yards. Jelani Woods had eight catches for 98 yards.

Indianapolis defensive back Kenny Moore II had 10 tackles and one pass defensed in the game, but eventually returned to the locker room with an injury.

November 28, 2022;  Indianapolis, Indiana, United States;  Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) works to get past Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Devin Bush (55) during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium.

November 28, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, United States; Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) works to get past Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Devin Bush (55) during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium.
(Robert Scheer-USA TODAY Sports)

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Pittsburgh, which entered the game losing three of its last four, improved to 4-7 on the season while Indianapolis fell to 4-7-1.