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With the Colts' last-in-the-league running game unable to get going against the league's top-ranked defense, Manning, who was 21-of-40 for 240 yards, often threw into coverage as the Steelers loaded up with six defensive backs, yet repeatedly converted key throws.
"It was important for us to capitalize (on the interceptions)," Manning said after the Colts followed up on an 18-15 victory over New England. "We hung in there, it truly was a team effort, and this is what we needed."
After Pittsburgh drove 62 yards for Mewelde Moore's 1-yard touchdown run on its opening possession, Manning's too-high pass intended for Wayne took a fortunate bounce off Ike Taylor's hand directly to Wayne, who put an inside-out move on Ryan Clark to score. Wayne made six catches for 114 yards.
"Some of the balls that bounced against us early on (this season), we got today," Dungy said.
Roethlisberger, playing despite a separated shoulder that kept him out of practice until Friday, came back to complete two passes on third-and-long situations on a 77-yard drive ended by Moore's second 1-yard TD run. Jeff Reed later hit a 42-yard field goal to make it 17-7.
Rather than trying to preserve the lead, Roethlisberger forced a throw into tight coverage on third-and-2 from his 16 and Keiwan Ratliff intercepted at the Pittsburgh 30 with 1:24 left in the half. Unexpectedly given good field position, Manning found Clark open in the front of the end zone to cut it to 17-14.
The Colts tied it on Adam Vinatieri's 36-yard field goal on their opening drive of the second half.
Notes: The Colts said their own in-game report that WR Marvin Harrison sustained a concussion was inaccurate. ... Steelers RB Willie Parker (shoulder) missed his fifth game in the last six. ... Manning had not been sacked in three games until being sacked twice. Pittsburgh came into the game with a league-leading 32 sacks. ... Hines Ward made nine catches for 116 yards, with his 41-yard reception leading to Moore's second TD run. ... Roethlisberger has 8 interceptions in his last 10 quarters.
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