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Steelers beat Colts in a wild mess of a game

Curtis Painter,  James Harrison AP

With Peyton Manning out, beating the Colts is supposed to be easy. The Steelers went to Indianapolis and won on Sunday night, but it wasn’t easy.

Instead, the Steelers had to fight until the bitter end of a messy but thrilling game, finally winning 23-20 on a last-second field goal.

The Colts were down not just Manning but also, later in the game, Kerry Collins, who suffered an apparent concussion. Third-string quarterback Curtis Painter came in and looked terrible at first, but he eventually settled down and actually looked OK — just not good enough to win.

The crazy game featured crucial defensive touchdowns that went both ways. For the Colts, Jamaal Anderson raced 47 yards with a fumble return in the second quarter that completely shifted the game’s momentum: The Steelers had been leading throughout and appeared to be on the way to cruising toward an easy victory, but Anderson’s touchdown tied the game, and the Colts soon took a lead that they would hold for most of the second half.

For the Steelers, Troy Polamalu scored on a 16-yard return of a Painter fumble that put the Steelers ahead in the fourth quarter and appeared to seal the win.

But after that fumble, when it would have been easy to give up on the Colts, Painter marched his team down the field on an impressive drive that ended with a Joseph Addai touchdown run. On that play Polamalu got into the backfield instantly and tried to knock the ball out of Painter’s hand, but Painter managed to hand off to Addai, who ran right past Polamalu and got into the end zone. If Polamalu had just drilled Addai, he would have blown up the whole play. Instead, it was a Colts touchdown that tied the score, 20-20.

The Colts couldn’t hold on, however, as the Steelers marched back down the field for that game-winning field goal. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t pretty, but it was a Steelers win.

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  1. flabtreesports says: Sep 25, 2011 11:38 PM

    myspaceyourface says:
    Sep 18, 2011 4:25 PM
    Steelers and Ravens back to reality. . . Both teams played more to their capabilities today.
    —————–
    Just be thankful this is the last time you’ll see Curtis Painter his year…

  2. savannahrose44 says: Sep 25, 2011 11:39 PM

    That was an entertaining game. Colts made a good effort but steelers won the day. Great game.

  3. trbowman says: Sep 25, 2011 11:40 PM

    Painter should be the starter going forward. Yeah, he probably sucks – but the difference between him and Kerry is that Kerry absolutely, sucks. There’s a chance Painter could develop into something.

  4. KeepitReal says: Sep 25, 2011 11:40 PM

    What’s up with the herkey jerky video camera. It’s distracting. The Steelers aren’t going to win anything this year they don’t have and O line. Too many injuries.

  5. 7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 25, 2011 11:40 PM

    6 rings. All that matters.

  6. trbowman says: Sep 25, 2011 11:40 PM

    Oh, and Painter needs to cut that hair. Only Tom Brady can get away with something like that.

  7. makosalad says: Sep 25, 2011 11:41 PM

    Polamalu’s back! Finally…

  8. dolphins1121 says: Sep 25, 2011 11:42 PM

    Dangit! The Dolphins don’t need any more competition for Andrew Luck! We will have a hard enough time fending off the Chiefs and Seahawks for the worst record, I don’t need the Colts to be in contention too!

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 25, 2011 11:44 PM

    Steelers stink. They had two bye weeks and still almost lost. They are by no means impressive. Warren Sapp was right.

  10. afc22 says: Sep 25, 2011 11:44 PM

    the Colts defense deserved better.

    Steelers look like they’re mailing it in this year. If they don’t pick it up they’ll miss the playoffs

  11. wycoff says: Sep 25, 2011 11:45 PM

    Look on the bright side, fellow Steelers fans- at least Jonathan Scott was injured. That’ll force the coaches to put Gilbert at LT and someone else at RT.

    I don’t think Jon Scott starts another game.

  12. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 25, 2011 11:46 PM

    Houston is going to lite up the Steelers big time.

  13. Deb says: Sep 25, 2011 11:46 PM

    Somewhere Flozell is kicking back, smiling, and waiting for the phone to ring.

  14. loripetty says: Sep 25, 2011 11:46 PM

    Colts ain’t nothin’ but paper horses

  15. iambadkid says: Sep 25, 2011 11:49 PM

    home teams sucks!!!!!!! here we go im seeing a losing streak by the home teams on prime time

  16. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 25, 2011 11:49 PM

    Thanks for costing me my $300 parlay Big Ben the Bathroom Booty Bandit.

  17. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 25, 2011 11:51 PM

    I bet peyton was in kerry/painters ear the entire game. Peyton in the box is the best thing a team could have. It’s like normal Peyton but hes everywhere at once.

  18. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Sep 25, 2011 11:53 PM

    O an anyone who wants painter to play over kerry is CRAZYY. Kerry really didn’t look that bad against the STEELERS defense. Give him another month it’ll get better.

  19. kingofthenorth92 says: Sep 25, 2011 11:53 PM

    7thlombardiontheway,

    I was getting worried that you had left the site with your lack of posts the past few days, but unfortunately I was wrong. But good job posting an intelligent, meaningful post. You never fail to provide your intelligent comments to almost every pro-Steelers and anti-every other team’s posts. Now would you have posted if Indy had pulled out the win? Didn’t think so…

    Though I can’t stand the Steelers, they made the plays that mattered in the end and didn’t commit the dumb turnovers that the Colts (i.e. Painter) made in the 4th quarter.

    Also was it just me or was that RT jumping a split second early on almost every single play whenever Mathis would come off the edge?

  20. henrykissingerisgod says: Sep 25, 2011 11:59 PM

    Say what u want but look at the schedule…steelers are guaranteed at least 11 wins
    …the only tough games left are texans, ravens and pats

  21. localbandhero says: Sep 26, 2011 12:04 AM

    No mention of the clear helmet to helmet hit from Farrior to Collins that they think caused the concussion and didn’t get called? Steeler fans are always crying about the refs messing up or missing calls…oh wait, they only do that when those calls somehow go against them (even when they’re right)…I see, I see…

  22. tedmurph says: Sep 26, 2011 12:40 AM

    Gonna be a strange year. Pats, steelers and colts are not going anywhere.

  23. jaggedmark says: Sep 26, 2011 12:53 AM

    If Bill Polian is this supposed “great” GM, why is Peyton Manning the entire team?

  24. freedomispopular says: Sep 26, 2011 12:53 AM

    I know hindsight is always 20/20, but they definitely should have kept Painter as the starter. He gave them a spark they haven’t had all year.

  25. favreforever says: Sep 26, 2011 1:10 AM

    Polomalu was THAT close to the defensive play of the year. Maybe the decade. If he got his whole hand on that ball it would have bounced ahead of him on the ground and he could have picked it up and gone the other way without anyone within 10 yards of him.

  26. jhorton83 says: Sep 26, 2011 1:13 AM

    “OK” would be a huge compliment to Curtis Painter. He missed a completely wide open Pierre Garcon that would have easily been a touchdown. Even Jeff George could have made that throw. And then he gave away a fumble returned for a touchdown. At no point will Curtis Painter even be a serviceable backup. He wasn’t even very good in college, so I don’t know what made the Colts think he would be a good project. I guess they assumed that Peyton Manning would be healthy forever so it didn’t really matter, but obviously that was a poor assumption. The Colts are completely and utterly screwed this year, but it’s their own fault for not preparing for this scenerio.

  27. richm2256 says: Sep 26, 2011 1:18 AM

    I can’t believe that the Steelers damn near lost to a Manning-less Colts team.

    Wake up call for Mr. 7thlombardiontheway

    If Roethlisberger can’t hang 30 points on this defense, and the Steelers D can’t shut down Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter, I wouldn’t go making any room for another trophy so soon.

  28. jasoncnz says: Sep 26, 2011 1:19 AM

    That freakin boinked field goal cost me $500! I bet $150 on Pitt -5 and $100 on the over. That damn chip shot bounces the other way, I cover both bets and win $250 – instead I lost $250! BIG BEN YOU SUCK! Swisshem wont miss another frakin FG inside of 40 all year!!!

    PS: How in the hell does Pitt give up a 2 minute drive TD to let the Colts tie it up – WITH CURTIS PAINET as the QB! Rediculous!!!

    OK I’m done venting. Worse part. I’m a die hard Colts fan. Rooting for the Steelers just felt wrong in every way. I deserve to have lost after pulling that crap!

  29. fancyleague says: Sep 26, 2011 1:23 AM

    The Steelers’ schedule is too soft for them to miss the playoffs. They’ve got the NFC West, AFC South, Cleveland (x2), Cincy (x2), and KC. They won’t do anything in the playoffs though, so it doesn’t really matter.

  30. staffordsyear says: Sep 26, 2011 1:23 AM

    what a crappy game.are the steelers that bad?

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 26, 2011 1:37 AM

    @7thlombardiontheway says:
    Sep 25, 2011 11:40 PM
    6 rings. All that matters.


    I love it, reminiscing on the past is the best way to repress the present. You’re starting to sound like a cowboy fan.

    Where is your “SFL” speech that you give on every other post? Kinda hard to talk that nonsense when you almost lose to a backup quarterback huh?

    Good luck once you start playing some real teams again buddy, y’all are gonna need to break out the oxygen tanks and snuggies.

  32. matthewmtg45 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:52 AM

    The Browns beat the Patriots last year, folks.

    Patriots ended up being a definite threat last year to make it all the way, yes?

    I admit, the game was an ugly win for the Steelers, but i’ve seen plenty of ugly wins as a Steeler fan over the years.

    You would think (by now) that people would not be so quick to write them off so quickly (of going to another super bowl).

    We’ve made that trip to the Big-Game…what? Once, twice…oh wait…three times in the last few years. Wonder how many of you “bright-ones” wrote us off during one of those years?

    k..

  33. matthewmtg45 says: Sep 26, 2011 3:00 AM

    For the record, the Steelers found a way to play 4 games with our 2nd and 3rd string QB’s last season, and won 3 of them.

    Can the Colts not do this?

    Hmm.

    Have a great day guys.

  34. td40 says: Sep 26, 2011 3:02 AM

    Even the sorry Browns struggled much less against the Colts than this Steelers team did.

  35. Steelerz7 says: Sep 26, 2011 5:24 AM

    Love the Steelers, but they got lucky.

  36. steelernation1 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:02 AM

    staffordsyear says:
    Sep 26, 2011 1:23 AM
    what a crappy game.are the steelers that bad?

    no they are not that bad..did you watch the game?the O-Line is the weak link in every game..everyone else is fine..DB’s did better.its the O Line..ugh.i dont know why they dont work on that line during off season,they are like my Pittsburgh Pirates when it comes to pitching.but the Steelers wil be fine.they always find a way to get into the playoffs.

  37. zippy33 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:04 AM

    Wow, a concussion, but no call, on an obvious helmet hit. Mr. Farrrior you are a lucky man. Your team got handled by the dumpster of the league. The only thing better would have been a cheap shot to the knees.

  38. antibenapalooza says: Sep 26, 2011 6:43 AM

    staffordsyear, yes, the Steelers are crappy these days. It will get worse unless and until they dump Pig Ben, evil (the Devil face on his shirt in Milledgeville March 4th and 5th, 2010, was spot on) hiding behind his parents’ religion.

  39. 1historian says: Sep 26, 2011 6:43 AM

    I’ve said that without Manning the colts are toast. They’re not going to win more than 4 games this year IMO but they play with a lot of guts, I’ve got to give them that.

  40. ravensj5 says: Sep 26, 2011 6:56 AM

    With the 15th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft…the Pittsburgh Steelers select a cornerback….because all of their secondary is horrible!

  41. duanethomas says: Sep 26, 2011 8:21 AM

    Warren Sapp was right. Old and Slow. Changing of the guard this year, reminds me of the early 80’s when the Cowboys, Steelers, and Vikings were declining. The Pats, Steelers and Colts are slowing going downhill.

  42. steelnucs says: Sep 26, 2011 8:33 AM

    Unless I was watching a different game, the Steelers D did shut down collins and Painter. Now, if Ben could remove his head from his own anus, and the O line learn how to block, they might be OK.

  43. swagger52 says: Sep 26, 2011 8:38 AM

    CBS and Collinsworth conveniently missed that RT moved early on the winning drive. They also missed the helmet to helmet hit on Collins that gave him his “mysterious” concussion. All those close games that the Steelers win, just like last year, because of the Steelers 12th man. How many other teams would have 6 rings, if they constantly had a 12th man?

  44. robcypher says: Sep 26, 2011 8:42 AM

    Look at all the haters, coming out to hate on Pittsburgh. Too bad at 2-1 we’re probably better than your team.

    6 GOING ON 7 – YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT

  45. stairwayto7 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:02 AM

    All I see is the Steelers won and are 2-1! Nuff said!

  46. rwjk says: Sep 26, 2011 10:09 AM

    Dog Sh*t win. Just like last week

  47. rmm1984 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:31 AM

    Steelers have a terrible line and are going nowhere.. Where have I heard that before? Every year since ’05.

  48. rmm1984 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:33 AM

    Did anyone watch the game? Steelers secondary and defense in general played well. The O-Line and running game was beyond pathetic though. The offense put the D in terrible spots so many times and they held up for the most part.

  49. thatmulekicks says: Sep 26, 2011 10:38 AM

    Farrior: Helmet to Helmet on Collins???

    What game are we talking about? Was Collins still with the Titans?

    Let’s not go too overboard girls.

    There was another supposed cakewalk that went sideways yesterday. The Bolts were 14.5 point favorites and won the Chiefs by a FG.

    These things happen girls. Its why they play the game. Losing two OL didn’t help and abandoning the short passing game was not great either. SOme pretty suspect play calling.

    That being said, Polamalu looks unreal. Now if Ben could just get that internal clock to go off in his head after 6 seconds so he gets rid of the ball he’d be fine.

  50. Steeler's Will says: Sep 26, 2011 10:51 AM

    I don’t like that the game was that difficult, but I take solace that MOST of the problems were because of the lousy O-line.

    Freeny and Mathis were beasts the entire game!

    Farrior SHOULD have been flagged for the hit on Collins and the out of bounds shove on Garcon. Why can’t these refs just MAKE THE CALL???

  51. holeinone09 says: Sep 26, 2011 10:54 AM

    We will take the win on the road. Ben moved the offense pretty easily passing. But he had little time to pass and their running game was nonexistent. When he had to he took them down the field to win the game. The defense for the most part shut the Colts down. The scored mostly with turnovers. Colts played a pretty good game.

    Steelers OL is a real problem. Even before the injuries they were average at best except for Pouncey. I was upset they didn’t get a free agent. If they had better blocking they would score 30+ points a game. Scott is horrible.

    GO STEELERS!!

  52. steelersmichele says: Sep 26, 2011 2:38 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:

    @7thlombardiontheway says: 6 rings. All that matters.

    I love it, reminiscing on the past is the best way to repress the present. You’re starting to sound like a cowboy fan.

    Reminicing on the past? 3 of the last 6 Super Bowls were attended by the Steelers. I hardly consider that “the past.”

  53. bluemist says: Sep 26, 2011 3:23 PM

    …steelers are guaranteed at least 11 wins
    …the only tough games left are texans, ravens and pats

    Yeah, I’m sure the Pats thought the same way until they got beat by the Bills. Every game is a tough game.

  54. cmgww says: Sep 26, 2011 8:28 PM

    Had Manning played….Steelers lose by 21 points. They barely beat the Colts without him.

  55. steeelfann says: Sep 27, 2011 11:09 AM

    Anyone note that Ben took his team down the field late in the 4th for yet another win? Either down or tied, Ben is tough in the 4th at the end, in the clutch.

    Problem is, Steelers ignored McKinney, Gurode, and Flozell wants too much money. Steelers are running out of qualified NFL offensive linemen. Will Ben live through it?

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