Snell runs for the decisive TD as Steelers hold off Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS – Benny Snell Jr.’s 2-yard touchdown run with 9:55 left gave Pittsburgh the lead and the Steelers fended off a last-minute comeback bid to beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-17 on Monday night.

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Snell had 12 carries for a season-high 62 yards after replacing the injured Najee Harris in the third quarter. Harris was ruled out at half time with an abdominal injury.

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Pittsburgh (4-7) won its eighth straight in the series, tying San Francisco for most Monday night wins in league history (52). The 49ers had taken a lead with last week’s victory over Arizona in Mexico City.

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Matt Ryan propelled the Colts (4-7-1) into position to score, but Indy let a minute run off the clock in a span of three plays in Steelers territory, eventually using his first timeout on fourth with 30 seconds left. Ryan then pitched incomplete to Parris Campbell on fourth and third of the Steelers 26 and Indy fell to 1-2 under interim coach Jeff Saturday.

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It was the Colts’ first Monday night home game since September 2015, and the first half was a dud.


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Pittsburgh drove into Indy territory on all five possessions, producing three field goals and Harris’ 6-yard TD run to take a 16-3 lead.

The Colts got a spark when rookie Dallis Flowers returned the opening kickoff of the second half 90 yards. Four plays later, Jonathan Taylor scored on a 2-yard run to cut the deficit to 16-10.

The Colts drove to the Steelers 1-yard line on their next possession, but Ryan and Taylor failed a handoff 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 did not take long. Pittsburgh answered with Snell’s scoring 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.

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