The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 36-10 on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Chiefs dominated this game from the first snap to the final whistle and picked up a large amount of momentum heading into the final two games of the season.
The Chiefs struck first when Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored a one yard rushing touchdown to put the Chiefs up 7-0 following the made extra point. Just three short minutes after the Edwards-Helaire touchdown, Patrick Mahomes found Byron Pringle in the back of the endzone to extend the Chiefs lead to 14-0. The first quarter closed with the Chiefs leading the Steelers 14-0.
Elliott Fry, in the place of Harrison Butker, kicked a 44 yard field goal to begin the second quarter scoring and make the score 17-0. Continuing to push the envelope, Mahomes found Mecole Hardman from eight yards out for another touchdown. However, Fry missed the extra point and the score remained 23-0. The score remained 23-0 heading into halftime.
The game continued to be all Kansas City early in the second half. Byron Pringle scored his second touchdown of the game to give the Chiefs a 30-0 lead following the Fry extra point. After allowing 30 straight points, the Steelers finally managed a Chris Boswell field goal to end the third quarter at a score of 30-3.
The Chiefs did not score a touchdown in the fourth, but they continued to move the ball down the field. Fry kicked two field goals, one of 34 yards and one of 30 yards, to give the Chiefs a 36-3 lead. The Steelers would not be denied the endzone, however, as Ben Roethlisberger found Dionte Johnson from 15 yards out to make the score 36-10 following the Boswell extra point. The score remained 36-10 through the end of the game.
The Chiefs managed a dominating performance without star tight end Travis Kelce, starting kicker Harrison Butker, and starting punter Tommy Townsend, among others. Mahomes threw for 258 yards and three touchdowns all with no interceptions. With Tyreek Hill relatively neutralized, both Byron Pringle and Mecole Hardman stepped up to total three touchdowns between the two of them. However, it was not all positive for the Chiefs on Sunday. Clyde Edwards-Helaire left the game with a collarbone injury and did not return. He awaits the results of further testing to determine the severity of that injury.
Next week, the Kansas City Chiefs travel to Cincinnati to face a red-hot Bengals team, led by Joe Burrow and his recent 525 yard performance, in a game with massive playoff implications.