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Re: Supa Steeler Journal
Steelers dominate Colts, play Titans next in AFC Championship Game
Reggie Wayne recorded 3 receptions for just 50 yards as Ike Taylor shut him down
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It was over when...
With 2:22 remaining in the power house Divisional Round clash and the Steelers leading 25-22 Ben Roethlisberger connected on a 22 yard slant pass to Santonio Holmes in the endzone to put them up 32-17 and to deliver the Steelers into their third AFC Conference Home game in just five years.
Steelers Cornerback Earl Thomas, the NFL's interception leader with seven during the regular season, picked off Peyton Manning, recorded 8 tackles and sacked Peyton Manning on the Colts last play. When he has an intercepton the Steelers are 8-0.
The Steelers defensive line badly overpowered Indianapolis's front five, sacking Manning seven times and helping to contain the Colts to just 13 rushing yards.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 25 for 251 yards and single touchdown to command the Steelers past the Colts. His Quarterback rating was 117.2 compared to Peyton Manning's 70.6.
PITTSBURGH, PAŚ "This is what we wanted to prove."
The Steelers are back in the AFC Championship for the fourth time in seven years.
Nobody thought they could make it after .500 record last season.
The Steelers brushed the dirt comments of the Critics aside and controlled the Colts for the better part of 60 minutes.
The Steelers harassed Peyton Manning all game long as he tried to put the Colts in the AFC Championship Game for the fourth time in five years.
Normally unmistakeable, he looked lost at times and finished 16-for-33 for 263 yards two touchdowns and two costly interceptions.
The Colts gave all they had this game
It wouldn't be though as the (13-4) Steelers beat the (12-5) Colts by some distance this Sunday.
Peyton Manning is now 8-9 all time in the playoffs. It all went wrong with the interception of Earl Thomas
"It was as if he was able to read my mind" mumbled a miserable Peyton Manning freezing in the cold on the sideline interview briefly after the game
Said Roethlisberger: "He went against the the best defense in the world."
The Jets may of had the best ranked defense before crashing out of the playoffs to the soon to be AFC Championship Game opponents the Tennessee Titans 34-13 who were without Chris Johnson.
Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as clutch as they come delivered today he didn't play with the Stats but when he needed to make a play he made it.
Notes:The Steelers are now 8-0 when Earl Thomas has an interception... Since the the Houston Oilers franchise moved to Tennnessee in 1997 the Titans are 4-3 against the Steelers at Heinz Field. But are 0-2 against the Steelers in the last two games at Heinz Field.