Indianapolis was up 17-3 at one point in this game, and credit is due to its game planning on the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett looked very comfortable dealing with Pittsburgh’s defensive game plan through the first three quarters of the game, making quick throws underneath the coverage when they were available as well as connecting on two deep touchdown passes.
The Steelers eventually found a rhythm in the 2nd half and were able to score 20 unanswered points in order to win the game. QB Ben Roethlisberger appeared to face much less pressure in the 2nd half than he did in the 1st, and it’s likely that this contributed to their ability to mount a comeback. Pittsburgh won the in-game adjustment battle in the 2nd half.
Pittsburgh had some game-flow/clock-management issues in the 4th quarter. After scoring a touchdown, there was some confusion as to whether to kick the extra point or go for a 2-point conversion. A timeout was called to draw up the 2-point conversion, but upon breaking the huddle the Steelers had to incur a Delay of Game as they were not able to get lined up for the play. A post-game interview with Ben Roethlisberger revealed that there was some confusion among the coaching staff surrounding the decision, and going into these situations without a coherent plan could cause problems for the Steelers in the future.