Steelers QB Big Ben Roethlisberger used his big arm for a record breaking performance in a big win over the Indianapolis Colts.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Indianapolis Colts 51-34 thanks to a record-setting passing performance by QB Ben Roethlisberger.
After falling behind 3-0 to the Colts on the first drive, the Steelers began their assault on the Colts defense with two TD drives and a pick-6 off Colts QB Andrew Luck to take a 21-3 lead before the Colts struck back with a TD of their own. But Big Ben struck back with two more TD passes – both to Antonio Brown in the 2nd quarter – to take a 35-10 lead. The Colts responded with 10 more points to close out the half making it 35-20.
In the second half the Steelers scored on a TD pass to Antonio Bryant but gave then up 14 unanswered points to make the score 42-34 – putting the Colts within one TD of a tie. But a forced Safety caused when the Colts committed a penalty in their endzone gave the Steelers a 44-34 lead. With 5:14 left in the game, Big Ben threw his 6th TD pass of the day to TE Heath Miller to take a 51-34 lead and effectively ended the game.
For the day, Roethlisberger threw 522 passing yards – less than 40 away from the NFL record held by Norm Van Brocklin. He became the first QB in NFL history to record multiple 500+ yard passing games (his first was in 2009).
With the win the Steelers moved to 5-3 on the season, tied with the Baltimore Ravens for 2nd place in the division and less than one game away from the Bengals for the AFC North lead.
With the loss the Colts go to 5-3, and only have a one-game lead in the AFC South division after the Houston Texans won this week.