PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WISH) - The Colts rallied back from an early 14 point deficit against the Steelers, but ultimately it was not enough. Pittsburgh kicked a game winning field goal with 20 seconds to play to take home their first preseason win 26-24.
"We showed great resiliency," said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. "We got off to an obviously bad start. You never want to give up big plays on defense and throw a pick-six on the offensive side of the ball. But we showed great character and heart that this team has to come back and put two touchdown drives together."
The Pittsburgh defense wasted no time acquainting Andrew Luck with one of the best defenses in the league.
The rookie quarterback started rocky throwing 2 interceptions in the first quarter, but cleaned it up in the second quarter. He finished 16 for 25 with 175 yards and a rushing touchdown.
"I knew after last week everything wasn't going to be smooth sailing, you know," said Luck. "But I think you can learn a lot about making mistakes and hopefully not repeating mistakes."
Like their opener, the Colts leave Pittsburgh banged up. Wide receiver Austin Collie left with concussion symptoms, defensive end Cory Redding with a knee injury and linebacker Robert Mathis with a shoulder strain.
After the game, Pagano said they wanted to keep the trio out to be extra cautious with it being a preseason game. All three will be evaluated when they return to Indianapolis, but he did not believe any of the injuries were serious.