PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger is a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in his fifth season.
That doesn’t mean he still can’t learn a valuable lesson from Peyton Manning: Sometimes, inaccuracy beats impatience.
Manning took advantage of Roethlisberger’s fourth quarter interception to find Dominic Rhodes out of the backfield on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 3:04 remaining for Indianapolis’ only lead, and the Colts rallied in a virtual must-win game to beat the Steelers 24-20 on Sunday.
Manning also hit Reggie Wayne on a 65-yard touchdown pass play on a tipped ball that wasn’t well thrown and Dallas Clark on a 2-yard scoring pass six seconds before halftime following an interception of Roethlisberger, helping end the Colts’ 40-year losing streak in Pittsburgh.
“Coach (Mike) Tomlin told us all week they are a team that likes to score before the half and at the end of the game,” Steelers linebacker James Farrior said. “That’s what happened to us.”
The Colts (5-4) had dropped their last 12 in Pittsburgh counting the postseason, dating to a 41-7 win in 1968.
“Wins are tough to get here in Pittsburgh,” Colts coach Tony Dungy said.
Except by teams quarterbacked by Mannings.
Pittsburgh (6-3) lost to a Manning-led team at home for the second time in three weeks despite leading 20-17 on Jeff Reed’s 24-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter. They were beaten by Eli Manning’s Giants 21-14 on Oct. 26.
The Steelers had a chance to win at the end, but Roethlisberger’s pass into the end zone on the final play was intercepted by Melvin Bullitt.