|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLThe Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts had a 48.5 over/under for their game this past Sunday while the Colts had a -4.5 advantage. However, the Steelers went well beyond that line with a 51-34 victory. This led the Steelers to a 5-3 record while the Colts also fell to 5-3. In fact, the game went past the over/under total before the end of the first half.
The offensive onslaught for this game came in the second quarter when the Steelers outscored the Colts 28-17 en route to a 35-20 halftime lead. Ben Roethlisberger had three touchdown passes for the Steelers with two going to Antonio Brown. William Gay also had a 33-yard interception return for the Steelers.
The Colts' did get two touchdown passes from Andrew Luck in that quarter. Also, Roethlisberger attempted a punt near the end of the half but that attempt was blocked, thus leading to a Colts field goal.
The Colts came within a 42-34 deficit in the third quarter with some big help coming from a fumble recovery from Mike Adams followed by a touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief. The Steelers progressively put it away in the fourth as Luck was penalized for intentional grounding in his own end zone, thus resulting in a safety. This led to a touchdown pass to Heath Miller and eventually an interception by Antwon Blake as Luck tried going for a touchdown.
Ben Roethlisberger had a huge game for the Steelers as he went 40-49 with 522 passing yards and six touchdowns. This ties the fourth-highest single-game passing yardage total in NFL history. The record of 554 was set all the way back in 1951 by Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams. Brown and Miller both had more than a hundred receiving yards each.
Andrew Luck had 400 passing yards and three touchdowns while T.Y. Hilton had 155 receiving yards. However, Luck also had two interceptions and two sacks to go with his intentional grounding penalty.
Roethlisberger and Luck combined for 907 passing yards. This is the second-highest single-game total in NFL history. The record was set in January 2012 as Green Bay and Detroit went for a combined total of 971 passing yards.