Kansas City ends Pittsburgh's Season and Big Ben's Career in a Route

AP Photo/Ed Zurga

Kansas City ends Pittsburgh's Season and Big Ben's Career in a Route

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Kansas City ends Pittsburgh's Season and Big Ben's Career in a Route

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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 42-21 on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. The Chiefs struggled early on offense, but the defense remained stout for the entirety of the game. 

Neither team managed to score in the first quarter. The Chiefs came the closest to scoring in the opening quarter after a long Mecole Hardman punt return. However, on the first play of that drive, Patrick Mahomes had his pass tipped by TJ Watt and intercepted by Devin Bush.

Finally, with just under 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Steelers broke the seal when TJ Watt recovered a botched exchange between Hardman, taking the snap in wildcat formation, and Darrel Williams. The extra point put the Steelers up 7-0 early in the second quarter. 

However, the Chiefs did not stay down for long. The fumble seemed to wake up the offense as the unit would score on its next three possessions. Kansas City went 76 yards and scored on a Jerick McKinnon touchdown reception to tie the game at seven on their next drive. After holding the Steelers to a three and out, the Chiefs drove another 74 yards to make the score 14-7. Patrick Mahomes found Demarcus Robinson from 12 yards out for the touchdown that made the score 14-7. 

Another three and out gave the Chiefs the ball back and allowed them to drive 80 yards for their third straight touchdown. This touchdown came courtesy of a Mahomes scramble and a Travis Kelce catch to put Kansas City up 21-7 at halftime. 

The Chiefs wasted no time scoring in the second half. Patrick Mahomes found offensive lineman Nick Allegretti for a short touchdown pass to put Kansas City ahead 28-7 early in the third quarter. Najee Harris then fumbled for the first time in his young career which allowed Mahomes to find Tyreek Hill for a 31-yard touchdown pass. The extra point made the score 35-7. 

The Steelers finally scored an offensive touchdown when Ben Roethlisberger found Diontae Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown to make the score 35-14. The third quarter would close at that same score. 

The Chiefs opened the fourth quarter with yet another touchdown. This time, Travis Kelce threw a touchdown pass to Byron Pringle. This score put Kansas City ahead 42-14 and all but ended the game. The Steelers would not go away quietly, however. James Washington caught a touchdown pass to bring the Steelers within 21 at 42-21. The score would remain 42-21 through the end of the game. 

The Chiefs really played a complete game in this one. The defense played lights out, the offense scored on six straight possessions, and the special teams unit played well all night. Another shoutout goes to Ben Roethlisberger and his Hall of Fame worthy career. Roethlisberger has made it publicly known that this is likely his last season, and he went out fighting, taking an often distraught Steelers team to the playoffs. 

Next week, the Chiefs will host Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night in what should be an exciting shootout between two juggernauts.

 

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