PITTSBURGH — The Steelers escaped with a 26-24 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, after a sloppy, mistake-prone effort at Heinz Field.
The Steelers’ fate looked grim after a long pass interference penalty on Steven Nelson set the Colts up in line for a game-winning 43-yard field goal, but veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri missed wide left, giving the Steelers an improbable victory.
Pittsburgh took the lead for good on a Chris Boswell 26-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Throughout the game, the Steelers offense operated in fits and starts. Quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 26 of 35, but threw for just 191 yards and also had an interception and was sacked for a safety.
Running back Jaylen Samuels fumbled and rushed for just 10 yards on eight carries, though he was a key cog in the passing game, tying a team record with 13 catches for 73 yards.
Of the Steelers’ 26 points, 17 came off turnovers, as Minkah Fitzpatrick had 96-yard interception return for a touchdown and Vance McDonald’s 7-yard came after a Bud Dupree sack, fumble and recovery.
For the most part, the defense held up its end of the bargain against the Colts, creating three turnovers and sacking the Indy quarterbacks five times.
But in big circumstances, they also came up short. After starter Jacob Brissett left with an injury early, backup Brian Hoyer led the Colts to 21 points over the final three quarters.
Next week, the Steelers’ offense will face a larger challenge, when the Los Angeles Rams visit Heinz Field. That game has a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.
JuJu Smith-Schuster Delivers Pizzas to Steelers Fans
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is bringing some joy to fans during tough times.
Smith-Schuster spent his Tuesday afternoon delivering pizzas for PizzaHut, and even took the time to snap a pic with a young fan, courtesy of JimStamm22 on Twitter.
Hopefully, this gives everyone a little lift today. @TeamJuJu just delivered @pizzahut to our house in Pittsburgh. He even took a little time to take a picture with our son, Ben. Thanks Juju, you made our day!!! 👍😁🍕#Steelers #HereWeGo pic.twitter.com/u7u561SheP— ForTheCity_412 (@JimStamm22) June 2, 2020
A fan favorite, Smith-Schuster is entering his fourth season in Pittsburgh.
After an explosive sophomore season in 2018, Smith-Schuster battled injuries and inconsistent quarterback play that combined for a lackluster 2019.
With the return of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Smith-Schuster appears primed to deliver more than pizzas this upcoming season.
Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College
It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.
According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And so the NFL has told all its teams that they must stay at their team facilities for this summer's training camps.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 2, 2020
The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.
The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.
Steelers Honor 2020 Graduates at Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers are showing love to the 2020 graduates that had their senior years cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team honored this year’s graduating class by displaying a congratulatory message on the scoreboard at Heinz Field Friday night.
You worked hard.— Heinz Field (@heinzfield) May 30, 2020
You did your best.
You gave it your all.
You earned this.
Congratulations to the class of 2020! pic.twitter.com/bzykmUF6u7
A few current and former Steelers players also voiced their support on social media, including running back James Conner, defensive end Cam Heyward and retired defensive end Brett Keisel.
“Keep focused, keep chasing your dreams,” Conner said. “I know 2020’s been a wild year, but just stay focused, stay locked in. I know you guys are all going to go and accomplish great things.”
Congratulations to the graduates of the Class of 2020!— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 29, 2020
Tonight at 8:20 pm, we honor you by displaying a special congratulatory message on the videoboard at @HeinzField!@JamesConner_ | @CamHeyward | @bkeisel99 pic.twitter.com/HaG5SVofNi
Students across the Pittsburgh area have been forced to finish the school year from home, and have unfortunately had to miss out on some of life’s biggest milestones, such as prom and graduation day.
It’s great to see the Steelers doing their part to make students feel celebrated and recognized.