Steelers Dominate In Box Score, Squeak By On Scoreboard To Beat Chiefs 19-13

After a week of soul searching and tirade, the Pittsburgh Steelers did what no other team in the NFL has done – beat the Kansas City Chiefs. Their secret formula for success was not riddled with equations and rocket science but rather a simple technique, one that the Steelers have called on many times before. Feed Le’Veon Bell, let Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown handle everything in between and let the defense run wild.

If there’s one running back who has had the Chiefs number recently it’s the Steelers’ Bell. After rushing for 314 yards in two games against the Chiefs last season, Bell added another 184 rushing yards today while scoring the one of the Steelers’ two touchdowns.

Saying that the Steelers’ defense dominated the Chiefs’ offense throughout the first half may be an understatement. The NFL’s top offense did not get their first 1st down until 1:46 left in the second quarter. Heading into halftime the Steelers limited the Chiefs offense to just six net yards, the Chiefs’ lowest total in a half since Week 14 of 2011.

While the unit as a whole impressed, the standouts were Vince Williams, who finished with two sacks on the day and Artie Burns, who played with immense confidence throughout the day.

The run defense also improved, holding the NFL’s leading rusher Kareem Hunt to just 21 yards rushing and 2.3 yards per carry.

While the defense stood their ground for majority of the contest they were put in for a scare when Alex Smith found De’Anthony Thomas for a 56-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Smith escaped pressure all afternoon but was able to scamper away and find Thomas for a touchdown on the scoring play. This would cut the Steelers’ lead to 12-10.

The Steelers answered right back off an absolutely heroic play by Brown on a crucial 3rd and two. Running up the sideline, Brown was able to reel in a deflected pass with one hand before heading off to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown pass. Brown finished the day with eight catches for 155 yards.

Though the Steelers were now up in front 19-10, the Chiefs did not take their foot off the gas. With Smith leading the charge, the Chiefs drove right back down the field to tack on another Harrison Butker field goal to make it a one score game at 19-13.

With the Steelers unable to convert a 3rd and 8 to close out the game, the Chiefs would be given one last chance to score the go ahead touchdown. But just like last January, James Harrison may sure this would not be the case. The linebacker’s sack led to a long 4th and 18, that the Chiefs would be unable to convert.

With the Steelers’ victory over the undefeated Chiefs, the team will move to 4-2 and undisputed first place atop the AFC North. Next up for the Steelers is an inner divisional matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday at 4:25 EST.

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Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • WARisHELL

    Great win, but Ben still isn’t good enough. And the injuries to Gilbert and Williams are troubling to say the least.

  • NCSteel

    If Bell can run like that every week, Ben can go back to the early days and be a game manager.
    Bell and Brown and the line looked superb. Defense was smothering for the most part.
    I STiLL do not like the way Ben looks. Perhaps it’s time

  • Taylor Williams

    Dirty red should be decent enough for a few games. Williams was coming along slowly but surely.

  • gentry_gee

    YES. THIS. Limit Ben to 20-25 throws and give him simple stuff that he can understand.

  • NCSteel

    Perhaps it’s time for me to lower my expectations for Ben a little.

  • Taylor Williams

    It’s Haley. Look at the routes the receivers run on third and short. They’re all going deep with brown being double covered.
    Ben isn’t sharp, but Haley isn’t making it easy for him.

  • Taylor Williams

    I have and he’s still killing me.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Typical Steelers of the Tomlin era. Can’t beat a bad team and plays good against top competition…drives me up the freakin wall.

  • NCSteel

    You may be right about Haley,
    Perhaps lower my expectations for him as well.

  • Edjhjr

    I’m first to complain and I will. But great win awsome D.

  • Taylor Williams

    Well we now know Harrison isn’t washed up. Can still rush the passer, still play the run. Even past prime he’s a beast

    Soooo, why isn’t he playing? Just the many questions I ask myself when watching my team.

  • StolenUpVotes

    68%…….250+ yards……and 1 INT that wasn’t his fault……all against the last undefeated team in football in their home stadium. Only in this fan base is that not enough. Good lord.

  • CP72

    Complain all you want. That was the best offense in the league. We have a defense that CAN win football games.

  • Taylor Williams

    True fans are never satisfied. I’ll take the win though.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Harrison can make plays here or there but he is past his prime. One play does not make him a better option but I would like to see him on the field more then what we have seen.

  • CP72

    In crunch time I want Deebo in there.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    that fair IMO.

  • Taylor Williams

    Of course he doesn’t need to be a starter, but he adds a mean factor to this defense that no one other than heyward can add.

  • CP72

    Yeah but the AB catch was lucky too. Ben was ok. We can win if Ben is ok.

  • ThatGuy

    That was a complete team game

  • Taylor Williams

    It’s funny. If our offense scored more than 20 points this year, we would been undefeated.
    The defense is #1 in the pass…think about that.

  • StolenUpVotes

    And? There have been a handfull of “lucky” plays in this franchise’s history

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I thought ST was undesireable today but offense and defense I will not complain too much

  • CP72

    I will take some luck, but we don’t need 400 yards out of Ben. Just don’t turn the ball over.

  • CP72

    Well did bench Arthur Moats….:)

  • StolenUpVotes

    And the one he did was a product of AB stupidly deciding to stop running

  • CP72

    Yep. I don’t think we’re disagreeing.

  • Steven Vincent

    Lucky is when your QB forces a ball into double coverage which goes right off the hands of a defender and results in a touchdown. I’ll take it, but we can’t count on luck every week. Red Zone offense is still non existent. On the plus side the D looks like it is really emerging and rounding into one of the better units in the NFL.

  • CP72

    Artie needs to up his field awareness a bit. He makes some real bonehead mistakes.

  • Bill

    Wow! I couldn’t watch all of game, When I came home the score was 12 to 3. Immediately Kansas City went up the field and scored and the defense looked like its old porous self. (What was Artie Burns doing pointing while his man boogied down the field?) Then the magnificent play by Brown, after which the Chiefs marched again down the field but this time were held to a field goal. Steelers could not hold the ball and the Chiefs got it back but Hill was exploded on the punt return and could not come back for the Chief’s final drive. Enter the Old Master – 92; around Fischer again; and down goes Smith. Steelers take over on downs and win a sweet victory. I had no idea of how well the defense did in the first three quarters so I thought they were up to their old losing ways. Boy was I wrong!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    More upset with Danny Smith and his thought process in this game

  • Sri N

    I actually thought Ben played well. Great throws to AB and McDonald in first half. INT was on AB. Yes he got lucky on TD. Still felt like Steelers were content to rely on defense up 12-3.

    If you want to point to why game wasn’t put away – look at the stupid decision to punt on 4th and 2 at Chiefs 34. Trading 30 yards of field position for almost guaranteed points was really dumb.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Loose,loose play all the time. They need an overwhelming edge in on field play in order to overcome bonehead mistakes in order to win. Turn a safety into a 60 yard loss in field position for example 👎.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    That’s the patented Sammi Coates route 😎.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    He’s got nothing on Mitchell. He blows a sack that probably ices the game and compounds it by throwing in a personal foul.

  • AndyR34

    He even did a decent job in coverage.

  • AndyR34

    Except he was hit from behind and fell into Smith. I don’t think he intended to hit him.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I didn’t see that angle of it but thought he got away with a face mask as well (which is what I thought the penalty was for).

  • Brenton deed

    They must be keeping him for January/February. Poke the silverback by playing him sparingly to piss him off and then let him loose later. This is a young side his presence will be invaluable in the playoffs (if they make it). No way is the stage too big for HIM!
    Also, even though he defies age the first thing to decline with age is often recovery time, if he gets dinged up through the season he’ll have more trouble recovering… keep him cherry ripe for later.

  • Lambert58

    Lucky plays that made up for the unlucky ones last week. Better to be lucky than good. lol

  • Lambert58

    He needs to be saved for big spots like the one he was in today.

  • Lambert58

    Whenever Finney starts at guard, Bell goes off.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I can’t understand why, when Bell gets the Steelers to 1st and goal by making the Chiefs look silly, you don’t automatically hand him the ball right away. Punch it in. Don’t get cute. Instead, Ben rolls out and throws it away (1st), Chiefs get the chance to adjust personnel and stuff Bell (2nd), and Ben tries to force a pass to Bell while missing a WIDE open Brown (3rd).

    The Steelers played a great game overall, but when they’re clearly beating a team up and down the field, the scoreboard should show it. The Chiefs were not in this game. And then they were, suddenly, because the Steelers refused to significantly add to their lead. KC should have been looking at (at least) a 23-9 deficit. The Steelers need to put teams away.

  • Jim Foles

    100% correct
    Since last year.