Steelers To Face Chiefs In Divisional Round Of Playoffs

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going back to the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs once again thanks to their big win Sunday over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Steelers will play the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday on the road at Arrowhead Stadium in a game that will once again get underway at 1:05 PM ET.

In a Week 4 game at Heinz Field, the Steelers beat the Chiefs 43-14 in a contest that included quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 300 yards and five touchdowns.

The Steelers defense sacked Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith four times in that earlier meeting between the two teams with defensive end Cameron Heyward registering three of them. Heyward, however, has since been lost for the season to a torn pectoral muscle.

The earlier-season meeting between the Steelers and Chiefs also marked the 2016 debut of running back Le’Veon Bell, who was forced to sit out the first three games due to a suspension. Bell rushed for 144 yards against the Chiefs in addition to catching five passes for another 34 yards.

The Chiefs won the AFC West this season with a 12-4 record which was also good enough to earn them a first-round bye in the playoffs.

The Steelers offense will face a Chiefs defense that registered 28 sacks on the season. Outside linebacker Dee Ford leads them in that statistical category with 10. The Chiefs defense also registered a league-best 33 takeaways during the regular season.

The Chiefs are currently favored to beat the Steelers at most online betting sites.

The Steelers and Chiefs have only met in the playoffs once previously with Kansas City winning that 1993 Wild Card game 27-24 in overtime.

  • T3xassteelers

    The game I went to earlier in the year. 🙂 Pretty cool those are the 2 teams playing each other in the playoffs! Chiefs weren’t missing much asides from Houston from what I recall. Should be a good game! Glad the game is at noon instead of a more hostile night game.

  • Rocksolid20

    Joe Montana was the KC QB when they beat us in the Playoffs .

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Getting Green back would be a big plus in this one.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    The Chiefs have been consistently vulnerable to running backs of late, so if the Steelers are able to get Bell going like they did today, and they take care of the football, they should be in a good position to win.

    I worry most about the Steelers turning the ball over against KC and giving up at least one big special teams play.

  • StolenUpVotes

    If we try to squib or pooch it Hill is going to make a house call…..just put it in the endzone and hope he kneels it

  • Rocksolid20

    Only if he has Ben to get him the ball . That boot on Ben’s foot doesn’t look good .

  • Jeff Papiernik

    And Tyreek Hill hadn’t emerged yet

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I live in St. Louis. Got my hotel booked and tickets bought. I’ll be there waiving my terrible towel!

  • He has become quite the player.

  • *Facepalm*

  • Hill only returns punts, not kicks. But I get your idea, don’t kick it to him.

  • How long is that drive?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Not too bad. Only about 4 hours one way

  • Nice, I’ll be watching from the couch…

  • Zuami Montanez

    It could be to reduce swelling I hear.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Terrence Mitchell already started the trash talking, saying he wants to be matched up with brown every play. Saying brown won’t do to him what he did to miami.

  • pittfan

    Hill ran one back against us but was called back on a penalty.

  • francesco

    Tomlin and Butler need to plan against the Kansas City TE Kelce. He is their main target. Not sure who gets that assignment but there must be double çoverage on him if Steelers hope to win. Oh yes and kick the ball way from the rookie return man. I forget his name.

  • Jason Vancil

    When freakin’ Mark Royals didn’t get that punt off.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Nice!

  • Aridres

    He was walking fine after the game. Ben was out there talking to Dolphins players after the game ended, and he sprinted off the field after that. It’s precautionary. If it was anything serious, he would have been put in a boot as soon as it happened.

  • steelburg

    I agree. It’s simple to me if Ben protects the footabll and like you said we limit Hill, I think we win comfortably in all honesty.

  • nutty32

    and no Berry Foster from what I recall.

  • pcantidote

    If we kick it to Hill we deserve to lose.

  • pcantidote

    I could be misremembering, but I thought they had some injuries in their secondary when we played them. Maybe it was just Ben making them look so bad.

  • T3xassteelers

    No they were healthy in the secondary!!

  • T3xassteelers

    He did have a touchdown and a punt return (called back though) so he was heavily in the game plan then.

  • Jason Vancil

    Yea. And Dwight Stone dropping passes.

  • Matt Manzo

    Shazier and Timmons seem to be peaking right now! Hopefully it continues against Kelce!

  • Zuami Montanez

    And it seems like the chiefs score only in the first half and get quiet in the second if im not mistaken.

  • Reader783

    Somebody PLEASE talk to Danny Smith this week!

  • Reader783

    Tyreek Hill. I think he is the main/only difference between their team then and now. His emergence has catapulted them, he has some insane number of touchdowns since the Week 4 game.

  • gentry_gee

    Kelce and especially Hill are phenomenal players. Hill has blazing speed. You have to minimize the damage he does.
    If they can play conservative ball possession football, they will have a shot at winning. If they lose patience with their methodical attack as they did today, they will lose. They must give Ben 3 step drops throws and keep it simple for him. Go back to game manager Ben. Ben is not seeing the field well and is prone to turnovers. Give him quick reads like they did early today and give the majority of attack with the run. This team will go far if they can protect Ben from himself and feed it to Bell as much as possible.

  • gentry_gee

    He is incredible.

  • ND_Steel

    Hope we get better announcers than Nance and the NFC-lovin’ Phil Sims. Sims=douche.

  • ND_Steel

    Our STs were horrendous against Miami, in almost all phases.

  • ND_Steel

    Agree on the peaking, but I don’t want to see either of these guys on Kelce, at least not alone.

  • ND_Steel

    We will probably go as the O Line goes. They had a great game against Miami, need the same at KC.

  • Jaybird

    Yeah but at least it wasn’t Joe buck and Aikman. Or Fouts. Or collingsworth.
    Man there are a lot of crappy announcers!

  • James Brown

    Who watches football with the audio on?

  • Milliken Steeler

    It was Kelce also. He was the leading TE in the league the last four or five weeks.

  • Jimbo

    No Doubt, The Chiefs will be hungry and motivtaed for some payback. Like the Steelers were for the dolphins. I think having all three healthy Killer B’s are the difference and Steelers win…