It looked like the same old Steelers for the first 27 minutes Monday night against the Houston Texans – then, something magical happened.
With maybe the season on the line – the Black and Gold finally played like the team many have waited to see, reaching down deep for that something special Steelers fans have waited all season to see.
The result – an amazing 24 points over 2:54 to erase a 13-0 deficit and take a 24-13 halftime lead, helping the Steelers beat Houston 30-16 to move to 4-3 on the season.
The Texans, who simply dominated the first quarter and well into the second quarter, fell apart, thanks to a big-play to a rookie for the Steelers and a defense the woke up just in time.
There was no doubt about the two biggest plays of the night that were the biggest factor in the win for the Steeelrs.
Ben Roethlisberger hit rookie Martavis Bryant for a 35-yard touchdown on his first career catch, and Brett Keisel picked off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass to help the Steelers get their first lead of the night.
The defense forced another turnover on a Arian Foster fumble to help them get another score to make it 24-13 at the half.
The second half saw the Texans draw within 8 at 24-16 on a field goal, but the Steelers put together a huge drive that saw them drive down and get a Shaun Suisham 30-yard field goal to make it 27-16 with 5:50 to play.
A fumble recovery by Troy Polamalu helped the Steelers get another three to make it 30-16, and the Texans scored late to make it 30-23, but Michael Palmer saved the day, recovering the onside kick to save the win.
Roethlisberger was 23-for-33 for 265 and two scores, Antonio Brown caught 9 passes for 90 yards, Le’Veon Bell ran for 57 yards to lead the team.
The three-game homestand will continue Sunday at 4:25pm as the Steelers have a huge test against the best team in the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts, who come to Heinz Field after a 27-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday.