I am proud to be a Colts fan.
This game wasn't supposed to be this close. Not at all. Moral victories don't count for anything, but in a season where the Colts have little to play for, this was huge.
The defensive front seven was unstoppable, with a stifling run defense and back-breaking pass rush. Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Pat Angerer, and Kavell Conner were all over the field, wreaking havoc. The pass defense was still below average, but it was improved due to the pass rush. The defensive tackles also played well, especially rookie Drake Nevis. He has incredible potential, and showed it during this game.
The offensive line was there for this game as well, picking up the Steelers' bread and butter blitzes, as well as stuffing the ball down Pittsburgh's throat on the ground. The one mistake by Castonzo however resulted in a sack/fumble/TD that was the turning point in the game. The fumble was credited to Curtis Painter, who replaced Kerry Collins after a concussion.
Both quarterbacks played below average, but Painter showed more abilities for bigger plays, while Collins was more consistent. Basically, Painter is big risk/reward (led the Colts on game tying drive), while Collins is consistently below average. I'm not going to recap much on this game right now, but this should be encouraging for Colts' fans.
The Colts ARE a talented team, and with Peyton Manning, this would be one of the top two teams in the AFC. This is why they play the game. And it's why we watch. Go Colts!