Boswell boots Steelers past Colts, 20-17

Posted on Nov 13 2017 - 9:24am by Rachael McKriger
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Chris Boswell has added another game-winning field goal to his resume.

Boswell’s 33-yard field goal lifted the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Indianapolis Colts, 20-17.

The Steelers improved their record to 7-2, leading the AFC North. The Colts, however, are at the bottom of the AFC South, with a record of 3-7.

“We were tested and tested in a lot of ways,” said Head Coach Mike Tomlin. “Game circumstances does that to you. The guys didn’t blink, they are to be given credit for that.”

“We didn’t play great today, that is part of the reason we were in some of those circumstances.”

Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdowns in the second half. In the third quarter, Roethlisberger found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 7-yard pass in the end zone. The Steelers attempted an extra point, only to have it blocked.

Tight end Vance McDonald was the recipient of Roethlisberger’s fourth quarter touchdown pass, which was another 7-yard pass. This time, the Steelers elected to attempt a two-point conversion, and did so successfully with Roethlisberger finding Martavis Bryant in the end zone.

The first point in the game for the Steelers came in the second quarter, off a 41-yard field goal from Boswell.

“We have to be better on offense, we have to tackle better on defense,” Tomlin said. “We are fortunate to win this game giving up those two long touchdown passes.”

The two touchdown passes came from Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

In the first quarter, Brissett found Donte Moncrief for a 60-yard touchdown pass. Longtime Colts kicker, Adam Vinatieri, then knocked in a 48-yard field goal.

The second touchdown pass fell into the arms of Chester Rogers on a 61-yard pass from Brissett.

Despite the long passes, Tomlin was happy to leave Lucas Oil Stadium with a win.

“There is a lot of negativity to talk about, but we will talk about that negativity with a win,” Tomlin said. “That is my preference. Guys delivered in the critical moments and that is exciting.”

More negativity came after the game was over, when it was revealed that cornerback Joe Haden left the game with a broken fibula.

According to ESPN, Haden looks to be out for the next 5-6 weeks.

“Joe Haden has a fibula fracture,” Tomlin said. “It’s high on his leg. I don’t know what that means.”

The Steelers will have a quick turnaround, heading back to Heinz Field to host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football.

Kick off is slated for 8:25 p.m. ET.

Photo of JuJu Smith-Schuster (left) and Le’Veon Bell courtesy of the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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