Two weeks after Eli Manning came to Heinz Field and threw a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to give the New York Giants to a 21-14 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, older brother Peyton did the same.
Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes, the third of which came with just over three minutes remaining to running back Dominic Rhodes, to lead Indianapolis to a 24-20 come-from-behind win over the Steelers here at Heinz Field.
The loss drops the Steelers (6-3) into a tie with Baltimore, a winner at Houston Sunday, for first place in the AFC North. Indianapolis improves to 5-4.
Manning completed just 21 of his 40 passes for 240 yards, but came up big when it counted for the Colts, throwing a TD pass with six second left in the first half and the game-winner with just over three minutes to play.
Roethlisberger, who only practiced Friday of last week after aggravating a shoulder injury in the team's win over Washington, completed 30-of-42 passes for 284 yards. But he also threw three interceptions – two of which came in his own territory and led to Indianapolis touchdowns.
With the Steelers leading 17-7 on a pair of one-yard TD runs by Mewelde Moore, who was subbing for injured Willie Parker, and a 42-yard Jeff Reed field goal, Keiwan Ratliff intercepted Roethlisberger at the Pittsburgh 32 on a pass intended for Santonio Holmes with 1:30 remaining in the second quarter.
That set up a two-yard TD pass from Manning to tight end Dallas Clark with six seconds remaining in the half.
Instead of taking a 17-7 lead into the locker room in a half they had dominated – Manning was nine for 23 in the first two quarters – the Steelers led just 17-14.
Roethlisberger's second interception came with the Steelers clinging to a 20-17 lead with 4:44 remaining in the game as cornerback Tim Jennings picked him off at the Pittsburgh 38 on another pass intended for Holmes, returning it to the 32.
Four plays later, Manning connected with Rhodes for the game-winning 17-yard score.
The Steelers got the ball back at their own 27 with 2:56 remaining and drove to the Indianapolis 32 with 48 seconds left in the game. But a holding penalty on left tackle Max Starks and a sack pushed the ball back to the 49. A pass to Moore on third down was good for 16 yards to the Indianapolis 27, but Roethlisberger's last-second pass to Nate Washington was batted into the air and intercepted by Melvin Bullitt to end the game.
The Steelers missed at least three opportunities to pick off Manning passes, including one in the first quarter when cornerback Ike Taylor had both hands on a deep pass down the sideline. The ball skipped out of Taylor's hands to wide receiver Reggie Wayne, who went into the end zone for a 65-yard touchdown.
Pittsburgh also failed to score on two attempts by Moore from the one-yard line midway through the fourth quarter and were forced to for a field goal by Reed and a 20-17 lead.