Saturday, September 24, 2022

Chiefs dominate Steelers to advance to AFC Divisional Round

Kansas City, Mo. — The Chiefs had nowhere to go on offense against Pittsburgh early Sunday night, so coach Andy Reid took a shotgun snap to wide receiver Mecole Hardman and handed Darrell Williams to run back on a trick play.

His exchange hits the ground, TJ Watt picks it up and returns the fumble for a touchdown.

It was exactly the kind of game that should have energized heavy underdogs while playing in tough environments on the road, but it ended up doing something else entirely: It tickled Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

He threw for 404 yards and five points, leading Kansas City into the last field on six straight possessions after turnovers, and the Chiefs cruised through the second half for a 42-21 wild-card win.

“We were all angry at ourselves,” Mahomes said. “We weren’t playing with enough energy. We weren’t playing at a high enough level. We all inspired ourselves. Everyone was talking to each other, and we came out with a different urgency.

Byron Pringle caught touchdown passes from both Mahomes and Kelsea, and Jerich McKinnon and Tyrek Hill also took scoring catches, while the Chiefs (13-5) retired Ben Roethlisberger and closed the Steelers offense.

The performance not only sent Kansas City into the divisional round of the playoffs, it also turned next Sunday night’s game against Buffalo—a rematch of last year’s AFC title game—into viewing appointment. The Bills had an equally easy time with a 47-17 win over New England on Saturday.

“When you’ve been in the Super Bowl the last two years and you walked off that ground with a loss last year, you want to go back and get that revenge, get that win,” Mahomes said. “We have bills coming in this week and we have to play our best football.”

Roethlisberger, who admitted the Steelers (9-8-1) were “not a very good football team” this week, wasn’t very good in his own right. The 39-year-old quarterback was 29 of 44 for 215 yards, including two meaningless TD passes late in the game, giving Koda a career that included six Pro Bowl trips and two Super Bowl victories.

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“I mean, we lost. it smells. But when you go into tournaments, only one team is going to end the season the way you want,'” Roethlisberger said. “I would say, I am proud of the way our people fought tonight.”

Based on the final score, you’d never guess the first quarter was all about defense: The Steelers made 14 plays and went for 12 yards, while the Chiefs had more punt return yards than scrimmages (62). (70) was.

Understood that the first points would be scored on defense as well.

After the Steelers punt for the fifth time in a row, the Chiefs inexplicably asked Hardman to take a snap instead of their four-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Williams dodged the exchange, Watt caught the rumble and Pittsburgh took a 7-0 lead.

It didn’t last long.

Mahomes responded by completing his next six passes, tying up a 76-yard drive with a nifty underhand flick to McKinnon. Then the brilliant young quarterback found Pringle in the corner of the end zone for a point, and he hit the exclamation mark at half, hitting Kells with a 48-yard touchdown strike.

In less than six minutes, Mahomes and the Chiefs had converted a seven-point gap into a 21-7 lead.

“You know what? I didn’t need to say much,'” Reid said. ‘Players know better than anyone when a screw up happens. They endured. No one was bowing their heads. They said, ‘Let’s go. We need to expand it a little bit more here.”

It wasn’t the 23-0 halftime advantage the Chiefs got in their attack on the Steelers in December, but it certainly felt like that. Roethlisberger was 5 for 14 for 24 yards in the first half and Pittsburgh’s total offense was 55 yards.

Not much about a retirement party if Roethlisberger actually drops it.

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“I don’t think any of us played well,” he said. “We didn’t make the plays we had to rush to give ourselves a chance, and in doing so, we didn’t keep our defense off the field. Those are tough conditions to go against such a high powered crime.

As far as the Chiefs are concerned, their celebration began when Mahomes took them on another TD drive to start the second half. The game was so laughable by the time that when Hill was shamed from the goal line, Mahomes threw his next pass on third and goal to score an offensive tackle from Nick Allegretti.

Hill finally got his TD catch; It came after the Steelers lost for the first time in an entire season to rookie Nazi Harris.

The Chiefs kept scoring as well, _ Kells’ mother, who started the day with her second son, Jason, and his Eagles losing to Tampa Bay, got to see her younger son throw a TD pass in the fourth quarter. By that time, the Chiefs had scored so often, they had to post a message on the Arrowhead Stadium video board that they had run out of fireworks.

Mahoms and other chiefs had provided enough for themselves.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, “As opposed to coming here and talking about things we didn’t do — I expressed it to the football team — it’s a classy job to praise the Kansas City Chiefs.” “They have a really good football team, they have an explosive team, and they did a really good job tonight.”

injuries

Steelers: His ego has suffered a serious injury.

Chief: CB Rashad Fenton suffered a shoulder injury before the match.

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Pittsburgh heads to the offseason, considering how they might replace their longtime starting quarterback.

The Chiefs welcome the Buffaloes the following Sunday night for a rematch of a game the Bills won 38-20 in October. Mahomes threw three TD passes in a 38-24 win for the AFC crown last January.

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