Pittsburgh, PA –
Chris Collinsworth may have repeatedly pointed out Ben Roethlisberger’s broken thumb on the nationally televised sunday night game, but thank goodness Roethlisberger couldn’t hear the overall game nor pre-game commentary. Instead, he took snaps under center, ran some fantastic play-action plays, ran the shotgun and hurry-up offense, and looked like he hasn’t been injured at all. All hail the thumb. In a hard-fought game that looked closer than it really was, the Pittsburgh Steelers were able to hand Kansas City yet another loss in a season in which they’ve floundered; final score 13-9.
In the first quarter, Troy Polamalu made a fantastic tackle that ended up costing him playing time for the remainder of the game. Going low, Polamalu’s helmet came into contact with Steve Maneri’s knee and due to safety concerns and new concussion policies, he remained on the sidelines next to Dick LeBeau begging to get back in and help the defense. Unfortunately, Polamalu was relegated to a pair of sweatpants over his uniform and a stocking cap.
Kansas City drew first blood with a field goal early in the game. Credit the Steelers defense for keeping the Chiefs out of the end zone. While the Steelers didn’t score in the first quarter, Roethlisberger was able to find rookie tight end Weslye Saunders in the end zone for their only touchdown, and Saunders’ first career touchdown pass. Roethlisberger said, “I saw Wes…he’s kind of a big target, so I just kind of threw it up to him.”
Tyler Palko threw his first interception in the second quarter; a throw that looked as if he were intending to hit Ike Taylor intentionally. Taylor returned the pick to the eight yard line of the Chiefs and Shaun Suisham was able to put three points on the board with a 21-yard field goal. Palko threw yet another interception, this time to Ryan Mundy who took over at safety for Polamalu. Mundy returned the ball to the 24 yard line. Tamba Hali sacked Roethlisberger on third-and-seven, but safety Jon McGraw overturned the play due to defensive holding and gave the Steelers a first down. The Chiefs were only able to score on another Ryan Succop field goal for 49 yards; Suisham ended the first half with a 49-yarder of his own.
Kansas City, who hadn’t reached the end zone but one time against San Diego this season nearly made it on their final possession of the game. They marched down the field with rushing plays combined with short passes. When Palko saw Dwayne Bowe open, he let the ball loose only to watch it land in Keenan Lewis’ hands. Lewis returned the ball, then slid to the ground with twenty-nine seconds left in the game to hand the Steelers a win. Later Lewis said, “I just read the quarterback…when the ball came out…I saw that Bowe had already made his move.” Chiefs fans and NBC commentators were shocked that Bowe, with the game on the line, jumped into the air but kept his arms at his side instead of trying to make the catch. His apparent mistake was costly.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game, “We produced turnovers tonight, and that was big for us.”
Roethlisberger finished with 21 of 31 passes for 193 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Steelers move to 8-3 on the season. The Steelers are now battling again with the Baltimore Ravens at the top of the tough AFC North.
Palko finished with 18 of 28 passes for 167 yards, three interceptions and a fumble.
- R. Mendenhall – 17 carries for 57 yards
- I. Redman – 3 carries for 22 yards
- A. Brown – 4 receptions for 81 yards
- E. Sanders – 2 receptions for 25 yard
- W. Saunders – 1 reception for 2 yards, 1 touchdown
- B. Keisel – 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery
- R. Mundy – 7 tackles, 3 assists, 1 INT
- L. Timmons – 6 tackles, 1 assist
See the total box score here
Steelers post-game press conference
Steelers vs. Chiefs Highlights (NFL video)
- Offensive changes not necessarily a bad thing for the Steelers
- Steelers vs. Chiefs: Pre-game look before Sunday Night Football on NBC
- Steelers join list of semifinalist nominees for 2012 class of Pro Hall of Fame
Note: Long links in pre-game and post game articles are usually interactive features like videos. Feel free to click on them. The link will open up into a new page.
Subscribe to get instant updates on the Pittsburgh Steelers on lodeplus.com
Are you on Facebook? Friend Pittsburgh Steelers Examiner Christina to talk Steelers.
To email Christina click here.
Twitter and re-Tweet this article by following @3Rivers_Writer
Read other Steelers news from Pittsburgh Sports Examiner, Matt Pawlikowski
NFL EXAMINERS ON FACEBOOK
AFC NORTH EXAMINERS ON FACEBOOK
‘THE BEAM’ in Pittsburgh
Get news on other NFL teams and football on lodeplus.com