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Rapid Reaction: Colts 24, Steelers 20

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
For all they Colts endured this season and all their struggles, Sunday's win over Pittsburgh put Indianapolis right in the thick of the AFC playoff mix.

The Colts likely have the worst football of their season behind them, and at 5-4 they stand the same as Buffalo, Miami and Denver and worse off than only five teams in the conference.

The defense rose to the occasion, not allowing Ben Roethlisberger a touchdown pass while picking him off three times, including on the final play of the game, when Melvin Bullitt slid between a tipped Hail Mary throw and Steelers receiver Dallas Baker, who thought the ball might slip through to him.

While Indianapolis's run game wasn't very productive against the league's third-ranked rush defense, it fared better than Pittsburgh's. The Steelers ran 26 times for just 55 yards, assuring that the game ultimately fell on Big Ben's shoulders. It proved more than he could handle on this day.