Happy Thanksgiving Day, and Night Colts fans! A battle of 5-5 teams Our Indianapolis Colts continue to stay in the hunt as a wild card for the NFL playoffs as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both the Colts and Steelers adjusted and prepared from their short practice week, to accomodate NBC Sports coverage of Thursday's Thanksgiving Night Football.
Both teams are coming from wins this past Sunday, the Colts winning 26-19 at home over the Tennessee Titans, while the Steelers kept the Cleveland winless at 0-11 by defeating Browns 24-9.Whoever wins (hopefully the Colts) positions into earning a wild card spot in the upcoming NFL Playoffs. Colts will also try to defeat the Steelers since their last game Pittsburgh in 8 years, and at Indianapolis in 11 years, in tonight's 29th all-time regular and postseason meeting.
Colts backup QB Scott Tolzien will start in place of Andrew Luck at quarterback as Luck is still inactive on concussion protocol.
Colts will try to end a three game regular season losing streak over the Steelers, being outscored 119-64 in those games. Colts last win over the Steelers was a 24-20 road win at Heinz Field back on November 9, 2008.
Pittsburgh also dominates Indianapolis in the all-time season series, winning 22 games, losing 6 games, and the Steelers also outscored the Colts in the previous 28 games 724 points to 465 points.
Indianapolis seeks to win their first regular season home game, and their first at LOS (the building), since the Colts defeated the Steelers 26-7 at the RCA Dome 26-7 back on November 28, 2005.
Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth are announcing the live TV game commentary, along with sideline reporter and interviewer Michele Tafoya, for NBC Sports Thursday Night Football coverage, simulcast nationally in the US, including locally on WTHR NBC Channel 13 in Indianapolis, and in your personal computers, laptops, and mobile devices on the NBC Sports website and app (see links below). beginning with the Football Night In America pregame highlight show at 7:30PM Eastern Standard Time.
A 'Blue-Out' is also expected from the fans attending at Lucas Oil Stadium (the building).
Lucas Oil Stadium's roof is closed to protect everyone from the cold elements, because mostly cloudy skies at 41 degrees, feel like 38 degrees, is the game forecast outside the stadium area in Downtown Indianapolis.along with 10% precipitation, 81% humidity, and very mild western winds at 4 miles per hour.
NO injuries to both the Colts and the Steelers, win on Thanksgiving Night tonight, stay Colts Strong, and LET'S GO COLTS!!!!
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