Steelers Vs. Colts: Shaun Suisham Hits Game-Winning Field Goal As Pittsburgh Wins, 23-20

Shaun Suisham hit the game-winning field goal with four seconds to go as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Indianapolis Colts, 23-20.

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Steelers Vs. Colts: Did Curtis Painter Win Indy's Starting Quarterback Job?

Curtis Painter certainly wasn't amazing during his relief appearance as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as his team narrowly allowed to Pittsburgh Steelers to avoid the upset. That didn't stop former Colts' head coach Tony Dungy from telling Bob Costas that the veteran bench warmer should replace Kerry Collins as the team's starting quarterback next weekend, however.

Dungy said in the NBC post-game breakdown that he was impressed with Painter's performance on Sunday night (though Colts' fans didn't necessarily agree), leading Costas to fire a quick follow-up that basically amounted to "uh, what?" as he cited Painter's numerous over and underthrows along with the fumble that allowed Troy Polamalu to tie the game with his 16-yard return. Dungy stuck by his opinion, however, saying that Painter would be worthy of the starting job once he's able to get more practice repetitions during the week.

The fact that Painter is even an option as the starting quarterback wouldn't even be brought up if it wasn't for the Kerry Collins injury that caused the starting quarterback to leave prior to the Colts' fourth quarter (attempted) comeback. And even then, if Peyton Manning was healthy, Painter would still be holding the clipboard as well.

Painter finished the game with a pretty modest stat line as he completed five of his 11 passes for 60 yards and coughed up the football for what amounted to be a touchdown going the other direction, but he also led the Indianapolis offense to its only touchdown of the game after Collins' couldn't do it despite 29 passing attempts.

The Colts certainly won't announce Painter as the team's new starting quarterback on Monday morning following the team's loss on Sunday night, but if Collins is out for any amount of time, the Indianapolis faithful probably shouldn't be all that concerned if Painter needs to fill in for a spot-start or two.

After all, Tony Dungy has led the Colts down the right path before, right?


Steelers Vs. Colts, Halftime Score: Ben Roethlisberger Fumbles Give Indy Early Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts were not expected to play a close game when the prognosticators looked at the schedule for this week's Sunday Night Football on NBC.  Ben Roethlisberger has kept the home team in the game, however, as the Steelers' quarterback has fumbled twice, leading to 10 points for the Colts as they take a 13-10 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Steelers led 10-0 after the first quarter after Roethlisberger was able to connect with Mike Wallace on a long bomb stemming from a play-action pass. That drive took just two plays, culminating in the 81-yard touchdown pass, but that was about the end of the good times for Roethlisberger in the first half.

The Steelers' signal caller coughed up two fumbles resulting in turnovers, allowing the Colts to score a field goal and touchdown off of Roethlisberger's mishaps. Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney each picked up a forced fumble-sack combination in the second quarter, the latter resulting in a 47-yard fumble return for a touchdown from defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson.

Roethlisberger's first-half throwing line -- 14-of-20, 231 yards, a touchdown and an interception -- doesn't look too bad, but the fumbles hurt that stat line. Kerry Collins has completed an underwhelming 10 of his 20 passes for 78 yards, but his defense has put the Colts on top through the first half.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Colts, check out Stampede Blue. Follow the rest of Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.


Steelers Vs. Colts Score: Ben Roethlisberger Connects With Mike Wallace For Early Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers took the early lead on Sunday Night Football as Ben Roethlisberger hooked up with Mike Wallace on an 81-yard pass play to put the Indianapolis Colts into a 10-0 hole before the first quarter was even finished. Unfortunately for the home team, the early deficit make it look as though the Colts are going to start the season with an 0-3 record without Peyton Manning calling the shots -- from the field, anyway.

Roethlisberger made a brilliant read on a second-and-five play from his own 19-yard line. He saw Wallace with one-on-one coverage, switched his receiver's route to a fly and flung the ball nearly 60 yards through the air to his streaking wide out. Sean Suisham then kicked in the extra point, after earlier connecting on a 48-yard field goal, to give the visitors the 10-0 lead on the scoreboard.

Wallace ended the first quarter with three receptions for 129 yards and a touchdown, catching three of Roethlisberger's six passing attempts. The Colts haven't been able to get anything going as Kerry Collins is just 5-of-11 for 43 yards in place of regular starting quarterback Manning.

For more on the Steelers head over to Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the Colts, check out Stampede Blue. Follow the rest of Week 3 at SB Nation NFL.

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