Steelers Head Into Kansas City On Opposite Side Of ‘Revenge’ Game


Over the course of the past few weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten the opportunity to get some revenge on a couple of their previous opponents during the regular season. Back in Week 16, they avenged a midseason loss to the Ravens with a crushing victory that won them the division and knocked Baltimore out of the playoffs. On Sunday, they made up for a 30-15 embarrassment in Miami by taking down the Dolphins by an even wider margin at Heinz Field in the playoffs.

This time around, however, the roles are reversed. On both previous occasions, it was the Steelers coming back in an attempt to avenge a bad loss on the road. Now Pittsburgh is the team who won big at home, and in the crosshairs of a team that they previously embarrassed.

On Sunday, the Steelers will be traveling south and west to Kansas City, where the Chiefs will be awaiting them fresh off a bye week. Pittsburgh took down the Chiefs big time at Heinz Field early in the season, embarrassing them by a score of 43-14. Kansas City’s two touchdowns came in the fourth quarter to make the final score look just a touch more respectable.

It is interesting—though only interesting, and not substantial in any way—to note that the last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game, it came against the Steelers. In overtime. In 1994. That is, in fact, the only time prior to this Sunday’s game that the two storied franchises have met in the postseason.

Over the course of the past two years, however, they have split even in the regular season, with the Chiefs beating them in 2015 to start a run of wins that didn’t end until the postseason, and Pittsburgh making up for that this year—though Kansas City still ended up with the second seed.


In that game earlier this year, the Chiefs turned the ball over twice early in the game, which helped the Steelers quickly jump out to a 22-0 lead, and Kansas City does not have an offense that does its best work when playing from behind.

It might be worth noting that, while Pittsburgh may have only gone 5-3 on the road, they have won their last four games away from Heinz Field, though Ben Roethlisberger’s performance in those games still often left much to be desired.

The Steelers have done an excellent job in recent weeks of exorcising some demons of the past, toppling the Ravens and the Dolphins to avenge key losses from earlier in the season, both of which came during a potentially season-derailing four-game losing streak.

This time they will be the ones looking to maintain the status quo and to prevent their opponent from avenging a bad loss of their own, and doing so in their own stadium, which will be easier said than done. Still, they have the talent to win anywhere against anybody—provided that they manage to put it all together in time.

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  • Jason

    Man if we don’t lay an egg in Miami we are the 2 seed and this game is at Heinz field and I’d feel much better about that situation.

  • Mark P

    T Hill scares the crap out of me; especially against the kick coverage…

  • Jonas

    I don’t accept this narrative, we’re the 3-POINT UNDERDOG!

    I’m so glad they’re doubting our guys, that will drive the D.

  • Harrison has I owned Fisher in the past, I look forward to that meeting again.

    Tyreek Hill is a threat, they shall not punt to him unless they are sure they can force a fair catch inside their 20. Not kicking to him on kickoffs is going to be tough, it will be could once again and probably tough to kick it out of the endzone.

    Throw double moves at Peters early and often.

    Oh, and run the ball down their throats!

  • Vegas sees home field advantage as worth 3 points. This would be a pick’em game on a neutral field. If this game was at Hienz Field we would be favored by 3.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Surprisingly Chefs D is very ‘meh’ against the run.
    Lotsa handoffs to 26!!! We need Ben to play a ‘solid’ game – no TOs this week!!

    Funny thing – if Bell and the O line continue on their recent tear, Ben can revert to his ~2005 self by throwing more sporadically to keep their D honest without throwing it 40 or more times. Not quite ‘managing’ the game because he is obviously so much better than that (and so are his targets), but more like supplementing the featured running game.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    That’s sooooo 2016!! 😎

    We are in the dance now and ANYTHING can happen, and besides we woulda had to play NE in Foxboro anyway.

    Here we go!!!

  • Mark

    Having watched KC against Denver and San Diego, if we don’t turnover the football and no special teams TDs, it will be tough for KC to beat us. However, Ben must take what the defense gives him and not pre-determine where the ball is going (i.e., Antonio or Bell). Give the other receivers a chance to make plays early in the game and get their confidence up on the road. Ben please stay away from forcing the ball into an interception. KC’s run defense with Dontari Poe is average at best and the ILB’s are not top flight to say the least. LeVeon to the rescue on an icy field (Buffalo all over again).

    Alex Smith has 2 options on pass routes (Tyrek and Travis), where are you Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell.

  • Mark

    So true, I would love to play the Texans in Pittsburgh, however, I would have it no other way than exercising the demon know as Tom Brady and the Cheatriots!

  • Mark

    Punt the football out of bounce or close to the sideline and get DHB and Coates down their as fast as possible. A 40 yard punt high in the air is a beautiful thing this week. Plus, kicking through the endzone is just as lovely.

  • Xclewsive

    The Chiefs had 2 wks to prepare and I either expect a slow start or a fast start. The Steelers have to weather the storm because it’s coming. KC isn’t a come from behind team, but they’ve had to 3 times this season. This game is coming down to mistakes and who commits the fewest.

  • Orlysteel

    Loser goes home, throw out the “revenge factor ” loser goes home winner stays alive in the Super Bowl hunt, in 08 we had to beat the Ravens 3 times,everyone knows what’s at stake.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Beating the Cheatriots in Fix-boro, then winning SB 7? PRICELESS!!!!
    But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves…..

  • Rob S.

    It’s the Steelers first trip outside of the eastern time zone. Glad is not west coast

  • Steel Tippin

    This exactly what we need and I said it weeks ago. Our philosophy needed to become ground and pound instead of Run n gun trying to put up 30 points a game. This allows us to control the game and takes pressure off of Ben and the defense. I’m just surprised they actually came around to it this late in the season. I have to give credit to the coaching staff. Keep ramming it down their throats!

  • I feel good going into this game, which is why I’m worried. Ben doesn’t have to be a superstar, just no boneheaded mistakes

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • Steelerfan4lifeinAZ

    Run Bell and open up the passing game late in the game. No reason to abandon the run and be creative. We have the best O’Line in the league.. With Bell, Brown and Ben on the field… no reason why we can’t win this.. Oh.. and surprisingly fast defense that has started to be a force…

  • nutty32

    The full condensed game is available on youtube. Chiefs looked super flat, never got in rhythm & expect this game to be much tougher.

  • Daniel

    Not that cold bout 35 degrees..it was colder in pitt sunday

  • I meant colder than when they last met in week 5.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    KC will be tough. Played really good and consistent football for 2 straight years. The exception being a couple of games like the previous meeting. 2 quick turnovers, down by 22 in the first quarter and making tons of mistakes. No way that’s happening again. I expect their best on Sunday.

    Ben will have to be better as I doubt they will simply be able to run the ball down their throats. A few more play action passes might really help. A couple of deep passes would definitely help. I would use DJ, Nix, James more than Hubbard. A heavy look to run, while occasionally dumping it off to one of these guys and let them run over somebody. This could prove to be a little disheartening for the KC defence. Their D and ST scare me when they get hot.

  • Bryan Ischo

    And hopefully since KC will obviously be expecting and fearful of the run, it can be used to set up a lot of pass plays disguised as runs.

  • pdupuis

    27-23 Pittsburgh.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Well ya know, I’m not picky. Either way so long as it works!! 😎
    It’s great to have balance, for sure.