High expectations are sure to follow any player with a name like Luck.
Despite throwing two interceptions, rookie Andrew Luck seemed to hold his own during Sunday night’s match-up at Heinz Field between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.
Still, Luck’s performance against the 6X Super Bowl Champion Steelers fell short of his debut last week against the St. Louis Rams, and the Colts may need a bit more magic from Luck if they expect to prevail in the upcoming season.
Although the game wasn’t terribly one-sided, there were some noteworthy and impressive highlights on Pittsburgh’s end.
Just a few minutes into the first quarter, Antonio Brown, who recently signed a five-year contract extension worth $42.3 million, proved his worth. Brown may have entered last season as Pittsburgh’s No. 4 receiver, but last night he stole the spotlight. Brown finished with two receptions and racked up 75 yards, after a thrilling 57-yard touchdown which ended in an energetic front flip into the end zone.
Pittsburgh’s defense shined as Ike Taylor intercepted an underthrown pass and sprinted 49 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, as well as totaling six picks throughout the game. Taylor, who is often slighted for his poor hands, showed tremendous preseason progress.
During the second quarter, the Steelers fought a one-yard touchdown, and defensive end Ziggy Hood, who was active against the run, got double-teamed on the play.
Rookie kicker Danny Hrapmann kicked four, second-half field goals, including the 22-yard winning kick with just 23 seconds remaining in the game.
Overall a good balance between Steeler rookies and veterans appeared evident, as players fearlessly showcased their skills. The Steelers called it a night, with a 26-24 win over the Colts.
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