It started out 13-0, but eventually, it would end in disaster.
Eventually, mistakes, penalties, and poor play on both sides of the ball would be their undoing, as they fell miserably to the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 30-13. With the loss, the Steelers fall to 7-7 and out of playoff contention. With the Bengals win, the team falls to last place in the AFC North.
The game's turning point came midway through the second quarter, up six, when defensive back Damontae Kazee laid a big hit on Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr., which resulted in him being thrown out of the game. Though the Colts were unable to take advantage of the new set of downs and extra yards, but it was evident that the momentum of the game had switched.
In the second half, running back Najee Harris' fumble would prove costly, as the Colts would score quickly on the ensuing drive to extend the lead to eight. After a terrible offensive series, the Colts would take advantage of an ailing Steelers defense and add more points, extending their lead to 11.
The Steelers' downfall in this game was a result of a mix of bad play on both sides of the ball and penalties—101 altogether. The fact that there don't seem to be many answers makes things worse. On defense, they won't have many options if Trenton Thompson and Minkah Fitzpatrick suffer long-term injuries.
On offense, the team could get little rhythm, with the exception of the early portions of the contest. The numerous holding penalties in conjuction with minimal ground offense eventually led to their demise. As for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, he had some success finding his receivers, but it would be followed by incompletions, sacks, and two interceptions.
At this point, one has to wonder about the future of head coach Mike Tomlin and the coaching staff. The last three games have exposed the feability of their system, and perhaps this game may mark the end of the road for him. Even if his team somehow manages to make the playoffs, they may decide to move on from him after so many years at the helm.