Raise your hand if you saw 51 points, 634 yards of offense, and six passing touchdowns by your starting quarterback coming.
That’s what I thought.
In a game that will go down as simply ‘historical’ from a Steelers standpoint, the team put on an offensive showcase that will go down as one of the best of all-time, as the Steelers improved to 5-3 with a 51-34 topping of the Indianapolis Colts.
Ben Roethlisberger nearly set an NFL record, falling 36 yards short as he ended the day with an amazing 40-for-49 passing for 522 yards and six touchdowns.
The game was very much like the 2009 shootout with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, a game that saw Roethlisberger throw for 503 yards and three touchdowns, including a game winning throw on the final play to Mike Wallace.
The Colts to their credit didn’t go away, and a couple Steelers fumbles made a game of it into the fourth quarter.
LeGarrette Blount fumbled at the Colts five-yard line with the Steelers up 42-34 with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter.
Andrew Luck, who was also very good in a losing cause, fell on second down into the end zone, and tried to throw the ball despite not having a receiver in the area.
The official call was a safety, giving the Steelers a 44-34 lead that meant if the Colts were going to rally, they would have to score twice.
The Steelers then put the game away on a drive that ate a lot of clock and yards, and ended with Roethlisberger throwing his 6th score, a pass to TE Heath Miller from 11 yards out to make it 51-34.
In the losing effort, Luck went 26-for-45 for 400 yards even with three touchdowns and two picks, one of which was returned by William Gay for a score early in the second quarter to make it 21-3.
The Steelers wound up scoring 28 in the second quarter, and took a 35-20 lead into the locker room.
The big outings didn’t stop with Ben, as WR Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 133 yards and two scores. Rookie Martavis Bryant caught five passes for 83 yards and two scores.
Miller ended the day with 7 catches for 112 yards and a score. RB Le’Veon Bell, who left the game for a bit with an ankle injury, ended the day with 24 rushes for 92 yards and six catches for 56 yards.
The game puts the Steelers at 5-3 on the year, and now on pace for 10 wins after 8 a season ago. It’s the first time they have won back-to-back games in 2013, and sets up a huge game with the Ravens at home next Sunday night.
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