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|This time, the tip went the Steelers' way on offense. And this time, James Harrison had a big sack at THE critical moment on defense.
So they seemed like the Steelers of old Sunday in their 19-13 win over the previously undefeated Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
And, just like the Steelers of old, they're 4-2 and on top of the AFC North.
But this game teetered on the brink between those old-school winning Steelers and this year's seemingly snake-bitten team -- until Antonio Brown caught a tipped pass for a 51-yard touchdown on a play that would've been intercepted last week.
It gave the Steelers a 19-10 lead with 3:24 remaining and allowed the defense to withstand a furious Chiefs rally.
A 33-yard field goal,Authentic Joe Haden Jersey, followed by a 32-yard punt return by Tyreek Hill, gave the Chiefs one final chance at their own 44 with 1:42 left.
After a 16-yard pass to the Pittsburgh 40, Stephon Tuitt batted down a pass at the line,Authentic Anthony Chickillo Jersey, and then Harrison sacked Smith for an 8-yard loss. The 39-year-old's first sack of the season set up a fourth-and-18, Harrison pressured Alex Smith into an incompletion, and Cameron Heyward pressured Smith into a final incompletion.
The defensive stand was appropriate for a unit that allowed only 251 yards,Authentic Jesse James Jersey, 245 of which were gained in the second half to turn the game into a nailbiter.
"They're a good team, man," said Mike Tomlin. "They're competitors,Authentic Eli Rogers Jersey, so we expected them to do that."
The Steelers dominated the first half defensively, enough to survive a Barry Foster-esque misplay on a kick by Brown and also a poor route by Brown that cost Ben Roethlisberger an interception.
The Steelers outgained the Chiefs in the half 237-6 and didn't allow them a first down until 1:39 before halftime.
A safety got the Steelers rolling when substitute center Zach Fulton snapped a ball over Smith's head and out of the end zone for a 2-0 lead.
But Brown allowed the free kick (a punt) to fall in front of him -- similar to what Foster did on an infamous kickoff in San Francisco in 1990 -- and the Chiefs recovered at the Pittsburgh 32. But the Steelers held the Chiefs to a 46-yard field goal, and the Le'Veon Bell show was about to begin.
Bell gained 64 yards on eight carries on the second Steelers drive,Authentic Stephon Tuitt Jersey, and capped it off with a 3-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. He finished the game with 179 yards on 32 carries.
But the Chiefs were given another gift when Brown stopped running on a third-and-5 play that would've sent him off to the races for a long gain. Instead, Marcus Peters intercepted the pass. However, the Chiefs couldn't move the ball and punted to the Pittsburgh 1.
From there,Womens Stephon Tuitt Jersey, the Steelers began a 93-yard drive that ended with a field goal and a 12-3 lead.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Chiefs drove to the Pittsburgh 12 on a 37-yard pass to Kareem Hunt. Mike Mitchell, then hit Smith after he threw the pass to tack on another 12 yards to the Pittsburgh 12. On fourth-and-2 at the 4, who had missed an easy sack on the play, the Chiefs eschewed a field goal and Sean Davis broke up a pass to Travis Kelce in the end zone.
The Chiefs got the ball back at their 18 with 9:03 remaining, and Smith hit De'Anthony Thomas with a 57-yard touchdown pass to cut the score to 12-10 with 6:13 remaining.
But the Steelers got their first big break of the game, and it resulted in Brown's 51-yard touchdown on a third-and-2 deflection off the helmet of Phillip Gaines that ended up in Brown's hands at the KC 32. He galloped down the sideline and into the end zone with the touchdown for a 19-10 lead with 3:24 remaining.
The Chiefs continued their fourth-quarter push until Harrison shut the door with his first sack since the last time he faced KC left tackle Eric Fisher in the 2016 playoffs.
"We really like that matchup. We like the element of that matchup," said Tomlin. "He delivered a significant play at a significant moment. That's why we value him, not only in terms of what he does in the stadium -- you saw that today -- but just his general approach. He's a good example for young players."
Roethlisberger finished with a passer rating of 97.4 by completing 17 of 25 passes for 252 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Brown, of course, was his leading receiver with 8 catches for 155 yards.
Defensively, Davis led the Steelers with 8 tackles and Vince Williams had 2 of the team's 3 sacks.
Williams left the game with a hip injury at the end of the third quarter. He joined right tackle Marcus Gilbert on the sideline. Gilbert left in the second quarter after aggravating his injured hamstring.
The Kansas City Chiefs five game win streak to open 2017 was snapped on Sunday afternoon.
Kansas City failed to find any offensive momentum in the first half against the Steelers and its comeback came up just short as Pittsburgh held on for a 19-13 road victory.
The Chiefs found a rhythm offensively in the second half, but registered just one first down and six total yards in the opening 30 minutes. Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 246 yards and a touchdown, while Kareem Hunt totaled 89 yards on five catches for Kansas City.
Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 32 times, tallying 179 rushing yards and a touchdown to lead Pittsburgh to the win. Antonio Brown also added 155 receiving yards and a score.
Sporting News provided live updates throughout Sunday’s game. Here’s how the Steelers came away with a victory in Kansas City.
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t have much to say about Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Burfict has been a proverbial thorn in the side of the Steelers for years, even if Pittsburgh has dominated the series overall as of late — and that’s putting it lightly.
When asked about Burfict before the two teams collide in Week 7, Tomlin kept it short and sweet:
The quote certainly leaves the meaning behind it up for an eye-of-the beholder ordeal.
With Burfict, he’s had a few questionable plays against the Steelers over the years and injured names such as Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the process. For the most part, though, his play has cost the Bengals more than the Steelers.
This quote is but a small appetizer before the coming storm. Anything short of a violent, bitter affair between the rivals with so much at stake would be a shocker
NFL Power Rankings: Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks surge for Week 7
The shocking results of Week 6 have the NFL power rankings all shook up for yet another week. Just when you think you know a team, that's when it won't be as good or as bad as you think it is.
There are no more undefeated teams after the Chiefs fell to the Steelers, but they still are the team that defeated the league’s only other one-loss team,Womens Joe Haden Jersey, the Eagles.
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1. Kansas City Chiefs 5-1 (last week: 1)
Alex Smith was bound to cool off a little with some injuries to his skill players against a good defense, which is exactly what happened against the Steelers. They need to shake off the stirring up of tough playoff memories, stat.
This week: at Raiders,Womens Jesse James Jersey, where they can put away their rivals in the AFC West
2. Philadelphia Eagles 5-1 (last week: 4)
Carson Wentz is slowly building his MVP case, but the biggest strength of this team is premier play on both the offensive and defensive lines. They are a legitimate threat to finish atop the NFC in the end.
This week: vs. Redskins, a rematch from Week 1
3. New England Patriots 4-2 (last week: 7)
Tom Brady is a little banged up,Womens Eli Rogers Jersey,Womens Chris Boswell Jersey, and there are other kinks in the offensive machine including so-so line play and no reliable power running game. At least Rob Gronkowski and the defense are making more plays to save their days.
This week: vs. Falcons, when they don’t want to call it a comeback
4. Pittsburgh Steelers 4-2 (last week: 9)
There’s still not much going on offensively beyond their top wide receiver and top running back, but when those guys are Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell,Authentic Chris Boswell Jersey, it can work out nicely — especially when many guys are swarming on defense.
This week: vs. Bengals, their third division game
5. Seattle Seahawks 3-2 (last week: 8)
There has been little buzz around this team because of concerns about defensive decline and familiar offensive issues, but they still have a Russell Wilson and many other leaders, including Pete Carroll, who can carry them back to NFC supremacy post-bye.
This week: at Giants, a long flight after a long break
6. Carolina Panthers 4-2 (last week: 3)
Cam Newton was great on the road in Detroit and New England, but he stunk at home vs. New Orleans and Philadelphia. The inconsistency will continue as long they can’t power run the ball or execute anything deep because of line woes.
This week: at Bears, a stop on the Julius Peppers reality tour
7. Minnesota Vikings 4-2 (last week: 15)
Their fortunes are quickly changing in the NFC North, as Case Keenum has been a solid fill-in QB for Sam Bradford, and it looks like Teddy Bridgewater might be an option soon. They are a strong favorite in the division after beating Green Bay and knocking out Aaron Rodgers.
This week: vs. Ravens, when there will be a whole lot of purple going on
8. Green Bay Packers 4-2 (last week: 2)
It's your team, Brett Hundley. The rest of the Packers, need to raise their games so it’s not all on Hundley to be the impossible savior in place of Rodgers. Otherwise, namely their defensive backs and running backs, remaining playoff hopes will be dashed quickly.
This week: vs. Saints, when frozen tundra meets a cool Brees
9. Los Angeles Rams 4-2 (last week: 11)
Sean McVay should be considered the favorite for coach of the year after revving up everything as Jeff Fisher’s rookie replacement and upgrade. He wasn’t too young for the job, and his team isn’t too young to make a jump to the playoffs.
This week: vs. Cardinals, in search of their second home win
10. New Orleans Saints 3-2 (last week: 16)
The Saints are rediscovering a strong running game and a sack- and takeaway-oriented defense to try to prop up the championship window with Drew Brees. The scary thing is he hasn't yet played his absolute best.
This week: at Packers, when bayou meets Lambeau
11. Buffalo Bills 3-2 (last week: 13)
They went into the bye with a reeling offense, but their surprising start has been anchored by a defense playing better on every level under Sean McDermott. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy need to put the team on their backs.
This week: vs. Buccaneers, a defense built for them to exploit