Steelers offense rolls past Colts
PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger torched the Colts again.
The quarterback threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns in Pittsburgh's dismantling of Indianapolis.
Antonio Brown caught eight passes for 118 yards and two scores and also returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown for the Steelers. Martavis Bryant hauled in four passes for 114 yards and a score, and DeAngelo Williams added 134 yards rushing as Pittsburgh shook off a slow start to dominate the final three quarters.
Roethlisberger has 886 yards passing and 10 touchdowns in his past two starts against the Colts.
Matt Hasselbeck threw for 169 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving in the fourth quarter with neck and shoulder pain. The Colts remained tied with Houston for the lead in the AFC North and Hasselbeck remained winless at Heinz Field.
The Steelers came in smarting after a sloppy loss in Seattle last weekend that dropped them out of the AFC's top wild-card spot, while the Colts had been surging under the seemingly ageless Hasselbeck. The 40-year-old began the night unbeaten while subbing for Andrew Luck by avoiding mistakes and playing with the energy of someone at the onset of his career instead of fighting off the twilight.
But Sunday, Hasselbeck threw two interceptions in opening 11 minutes, matching his season total. The first one came on the game's third play, a lob at the goal line that linebacker Jarvis Jones snatched out of the air for his first career interception. Hasselbeck's second came later in the quarter on a tipped ball that ended up in the hands of cornerback Brandon Boykin, seeing his first extended playing time since the Steelers acquired him from Philadelphia in August.
Brown finished the rout with a 71-yard dash up the middle for the fourth punt return touchdown of his career. The All-Pro punctuated the score by straddling the goalpost and sliding to the ground. It drew a penalty flag for unsportsmanlike conduct and laughs from his teammates.