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Week 10: Chiefs @ Steelers

Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by RRAHx2, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. RRAHx2

    RRAHx2 Cleared for Takeoff

    Aug 22, 2012
    Steelers avoid upset with late TD vs Chiefs
    The Kansas City Chiefs traveled to Heinz field on Sunday to face the AFC-leading Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs were the obvious underdogs going into this game, having to play without their star running back Jamaal Charles. The Steelers were on a 2 game win streak under Coach Brown, and looked to get the easy win in this one. However, that would not be the case as this game was a sloppy, defensive struggle that came down to the wire.​
    Pittsburgh started with possession this game, and looked to jump out to an early lead. The opening drive didn't go as planned with Kansas City intercepting Roethlisberger's first pass of the game, and gained possession in enemy territory. Kansas City was unable to find the end zone though, instead having to settle for a short FG to put them up 3-0.​
    Pittsburgh and Kansas City would trade possessions, but Pittsburgh would strike pay dirt first. Roethlisberger found WR Mike Wallace for the go-ahead score midway through the 1st quarter, to put them ahead 7-3. Both teams turned up the defense after that, forcing multiple fumbles and sacks in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, but all those turnovers would only lead to FG's. The Steelers added 9 points, while KC added 3. Pittsburgh would go into the half with the lead 16-6.​
    The 3rd quarter was uneventful, with neither team adding any points keeping it a 2 possession game going into the 4th. In the 4th quarter, Pittsburgh seemed to be in control and started playing ball control offense trying to secure the win. Kansas City made a big stop on 3rd down and forced Pittsburgh to punt, with KC starting at their own 25 yd line with just over 5 minutes left. Kansas City's offense finally got kick-started perhaps sensing the urgency of the clock winding down. Cassel completed several passes, and kept moving the ball down field. Cassel would find WR Steve Breaston over the middle for a huge 42 yd TD catch to bring the game to 16-13 with just over 3 minutes left in the game.​
    When Pittsburgh got the ball, they began running the ball and desperately trying to kill the clock. However, the tough Chiefs run defense forced them into a 3rd and long and Pittsburgh was forced to abandon the run. That would prove costly because KC's pass rush forced Roethlisberger into a bad throw, ending in a pick-6 for KC with just under 2 minutes left in the game. Kansas City finally regained the lead 20-16.​
    Roethlisberger and the Steelers took the field again with 1:38 left in the game, needing a touchdown to escape with the win. Pittsburgh managed to gain momentum picking up a couple of first downs, and Roethlisberger did a great job of managing the clock, getting down to KC's 5 yd line with just over 40 seconds left.​
    On 1st and Goal, Kansas City did a great job stuffing the run and tackling Mendenhall on the 2 yd line. 2nd and Goal, the Steelers again tried the power run game to punch it in the end-zone but were held to no gain this time, swinging momentum to the defense. 3rd and Goal, Pittsburgh tried a quick screen to WR Mike Wallace, but again that was blown up by the KC defense, for a loss of 2 yds. 4th and Goal, from the 4 yd line, the final play and Pittsburgh's last chance to save the win.​
    The Steelers came out in a 3 WR set with Roethlisberger in shotgun to buy time against KC's killer pass rush. The Chiefs came out in zone coverage out of the 2-4-5 formation (if I remember correctly?). The ball was snapped, Roethlisberger dropped back, and KC brought the heat, as expected. Roethlisberger saw where the gap would be in the coverage, now he just needed time for his receiver to get there. The pass rush was picked up beautifully by the OL, giving Big Ben a nice pocket to sit in. WR Antonio Brown, who started on a slant route, planted his inside foot and turned upfield right in between the OLB and CB. With the pass rush breaking free, Brown made his 2nd move, this time toward the back corner pylon. There was the opening, Big Ben stood tall in the pocket and stepped into his pass taking a hit just as the ball was released. Stumbling backwards, Antonio Brown made a spectacular catch, getting both feet down just inside the back line of the end zone. TOUCHDOWN!!! STEELERS WIN! STEELERS WIN!​
    Steelers avoid the upset and win it as time expires 23-20. GG JFace907
    Final: 23-20
    POTG: QB Ben Roethlisberger 15-26, 175 yds, 2 TDs

    Last edited: Oct 21, 2012

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