Steelers Beat Chiefs 16-13 After Losing Roethlisberger To A Shoulder Injury – Game Recap

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons intercepted a pass from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel on the second play of overtime to set up a 23-yard game winning field goal by Shaun Suisham to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 16-13 win Monday night at Heinz Field.

The turnover by the Chiefs, who had 29 of them entering the game, was their first and only one of the night and it couldn\’t have come at a better time for the Steelers, who now move to 6-3 on the season.

The win could have come at high price, though, as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left the game early in the third quarter with a right shoulder injury. Backup Byron Leftwich, who hasn\’t taken a regular season snap since week 17 of the 2009 season, was forced into duty and looked rusty as you would imagine. Leftwich finished the game 7-of-14 passing for 73 yards.

The Steelers running game struggled against a Chiefs defensive front that was led by linebacker Derrick Johnson, who recorded 11 tackles and lived in the Steelers backfield most of the game. Running backs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer combined to rush for 77 yards on 27 carries with the longest run of the night being 17 yards by Dwyer.

Redman also fumbled late in the first quarter and that turnover resulted in the Chiefs settling for short field goal to give them a 10-0 lead with 14:24 left to go in the first half.

The Chiefs had their running game going early on as running back Jamaal Charles finished with an even 100 yards on 23 carriers. Charles had 65 of those yards in the first half. Where the Chiefs struggled the most on offense was on third downs. After failing to convert all of their 5 opportunities in the first half, they finished 2-of-13 on the night.

The Steelers lone touchdown in the game came courtesy of a great one-handed catch by wide receiver Mike Wallace from 7 yards out in the right corner of the end zone with 3:16 left in the first half. It was 1 of only 3 catches that Wallace would have on the night as the Steelers passing game never had any rhythm in the rain. Tight end Heath Miller led the Steelers in receptions with 4 that totaled 47 yards.

The Steelers held a 13-10 lead with just under 2 minutes to go in the game, but the defense allowed the Chiefs to drive 52 yards from their own 20 yard-line to set up the game tying field goal by Ryan Succop as time expired in regulation.

The Chiefs won the toss and chose to take the ball first in overtime. On second down Timmons picked off the Cassel pass intended for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe to set Suisham up for the win.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin did not apologize for the ugly win after the game and the only information that he would give on Roethlisberger is that he suffered a right shoulder injury that he did not yet know the extent of. It has since been reported that the Steelers quarterback may have only suffered a sprain, but the results of the MRI that was taken at the hospital will ultimately decide if those reports are true.

  • zbluez1

    Not a pretty win at all, no style points obviously, but still a win. The Ravens had a tough time with the Chiefs as well, 9-6, so not all is surprising. If Ben can’t go, my opinionated choice is start Charlie, quicker release than Lefty, and more in tune with what Haley likes to do, still, another slobber knocker next week without our number one QB. The most maligned O-line needs to nut up and take over the upcoming game against the Purple Birds. Here we go Steelers, here we go !!!

  • What the hell does Tomlin see in lefty? That one half he played well agianst Redskins FOUR years ago??? Who cares? Bring back Batch, the most underappreciated backup in the league.

  • zyzak

    Batch is through. Leftwich will get more reps in practice this week and will be ready.

  • awlcohen

    PS are overdue to spend a 2nd to 4th round pick on a QB. It would be nice to have a guy who is at least 30% ready to go in the game on a moments notice, let alone excited to do so. I get the impression Batch and Leftwich are just collecting paychecks and hoping they never have to play a down. That’s going to come back to get the team, potentially starting next week.

  • Buccos9

    The last minute of regulation time was like the movie was like the movie Groundhog Day. Fourth and fifteen, with the game potentially on the line, and Dick Lebeau rushes….three. Admittedly, it’s better than rushing two, but when is it going to dawn on him that this strategy does not work???? We get burned over and over again and he continues to do the same thing. Most NFL QBs, if given all day to throw, will wait for a receiver to break open and hit him. The Steelers pressured Cassels most of the game and made him throw inaccurately, missing wide open receivers. Cassels had 92 yards passing in the whole game until the final drive, then the soft defense gives him over 60 on the final drive of the game, handing them a tying field goal. If Lebeau can’t figure out that he’s screwing up, Tomlin ought to step in.