Steelers 24-17 Colts: Pittsburgh hands Jeff its second straight loss on Saturday as Benny Snell Jr.’s late 2-yard touchdown is the difference in the interim head coach’s primetime opener
Benny Snell Jr.’s 2-yard touchdown with 9:55 left gave Pittsburgh the lead and the Steelers fended off a last-minute comeback attempt to beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday night.
Snell had 12 carries for a season-high 62 yards after replacing injured Najee Harris in the third quarter. Harris was ruled out at halftime with an abdominal injury.
Pittsburgh (4-7) earned its eighth straight win in the series and tied San Francisco for the most Monday night wins in league history (52). The 49ers had taken the lead with last week’s victory over Arizona in Mexico City.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell Jr. (24) celebrates a touchdown against the Colts
Matt Ryan led the Colts (4-7-1) into position to score, but Indy let a minute pass in three plays in Steelers territory, eventually using his first timeout on fourth down with 30 seconds left. . Ryan then pitched incomplete to Parris Campbell on fourth-and-third for the Steelers 26 and Indy fell to 1-2 under interim coach Jeff on Saturday.
It was the Colts’ first Monday night home game since September 2015 and the first half was missed.
Pittsburgh moved into Indy territory on all five possessions and drove in three field goals and Harris’ 6-yard run to take a 16-3 lead.
Najee Harris (22) of the Pittsburgh Steelers dives for a touchdown against Julian Blackmon (32) of the Indianapolis Colts and Kenny Moore II (23)
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Dallis Flowers (33) runs a kickoff against Pittsburgh
The Colts had a spark when rookie Dallis Flowers returned the opening kickoff of the second half from 90 yards. Four plays later, Jonathan Taylor scored on a 2-yard run to cut the deficit to 16-10.
The Colts headed for the Steelers 1-yard line on their next possession, but Ryan and Taylor missed a pass and Pittsburgh recovered. Indy then forced a three-and-out and Ryan threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Michael Pittman to give Indy a 17-16 lead late in the third quarter.
It didn’t last long. Pittsburgh responded with Snell’s run and a 2-point conversion pass from Kenny Pickett to George Pickens made it 24-17.
Pickett was 20 of 28 with 174 yards and no turnovers for Pittsburgh. Ryan threw for 199 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Colts quarterback Matt Ryan (2) comes under pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers’ Cameron Sutton (20)