The Chiefs must keep their offense on the field for lengthy drives to prevent the Steelers offense from finding its groove. All of this success came despite the Chiefs defense being one of the best in the league. Back in Week 4, the Steelers made a statement by winning, 43-14, at home against Kansas City, and that game meant a lot to the Steelers.
This is the third time that Brady will face the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.
The Steelers and the Chiefs first met on November 15, 1970 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, the stadium’s inaugural year.
The Steelers racked up 171 rushing yards total, with star running back Le’Veon Bell patiently churning out 170 yards in 30 carries, an absurd average of 5.6 yards per run. Spencer Ware only carried the ball eight times for 35 yards. Roethlisberger had 224 passing yards and one interception on 20-of-31 passing.
Boswell kicked two more field goals in the fourth quarter, the last one coming at 9:49, bringing the score to 18-10.
The offense didn’t do badly at all, but they failed to put any points on the board. Referee Carl Cheffers threw the flag when Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison fell to the ground as Fisher was blocking him. Whether they can continue their streak for three more games remains to be seen, but they will have to be at their best to progress past the Chiefs today. It was set up for a run this year.
The Chiefs came back firing.
The Chiefs did nothing on their ensuing drive. Tight end Travis Kelce led the team with 77, but his contributions were undermined by a hot-headed penalty late in the game that canceled out a Smith scramble. It didn’t help that all-pro Jamaal Charles carried the ball only once for six yards in his short-lived return before going on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
Speaking with NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots a few weeks ago, he wasn’t anxious about the Patriots against the Steelers, or the defense facing Roethlisberger, considering the Pats have always had success against him. Pittsburgh place-kicker Chris Boswell kicked a playoff-record six field goals on Sunday night.
But the Chiefs weren’t done yet.
On their next attempt, Smith’s pass sailed incomplete through the end zone. They’ll have plenty to talk about, but the thing they’ll remember most is how Bell kept torturing the Chiefs, kept waiting and choosing, kept finding an opening to crush a stadium full of hopes a little bit at a time. “We’ve just got to work to get over the hump”. But the sack that he shared with Jarvis Jenkins was the only one that the Chiefs had against Ben Roethlisberger in the game.
As for the Steelers, they’re getting much better play from their defense in recent weeks, which will need to continue against the New England Patriots at Foxborough next week.