Colts' collapse leaves them needing playoff help

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Everything was looking perfect for the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

A 24-7 lead. A victory was in sight. A step closer to the playoffs. Even potentially going into Week 17 with a chance to win the AFC South.

But things fell apart like nothing they had experienced this season. The defense couldn’t stop Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The offensive line couldn’t protect Philip Rivers. And the defense wasn’t disciplined enough to avoid penalties.

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All in the second half.

And when it was over, the Colts dropped another game to the Steelers, losing 28-24, and now their playoff future is out of their hands.

Sunday was a perfect opportunity for the Colts to get their first victory over the Steelers since 2008 because a playoff spot would have almost been a guarantee.

Now?

The Colts must beat the Jaguars in Week 17 and have either the Ravens, Browns or Dolphins lose to have a chance to make the playoffs for just the second time since

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