Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 16 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
December 21, 2014
Mixed in with the Week 16 Sunday schedule in the NFL we had a nice-looking matchup between the Chiefs and Steelers. Kansas City was coming into this one off a big win over the Raiders, while Pittsburgh edged out the Falcons by a touchdown in Week 15. This game had some major playoff implications, so both teams came in focused.
Let’s check out the key players and stats from this one so we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 17 to see what each team has in store for the final week of the regular season.
What Happened: The points trickled in steadily in this one, but unfortunately for the Chiefs, most of those points came from the Steelers.
Pittsburgh got it started on a 23-yard Shaun Suisham field goal in the first, but Cairo Santos was able to respond on a 35-yarder of his own for a 3-3 tie after one.
In the second, Santos banged another one through, this one from 25 yards out. Pittsburgh would retake the lead at the 4:18 mark on a 1-yard Le’Veon Bell rush TD for a 10-6 margin at halftime.
After the break, nothing happened scoring-wise until late in the third, when Antonio Brown snagged a 3-yard Ben Roethlisberger pass to put Pittsburgh up 17-6.
In the fourth, Santos hit his third and fourth field goals (from 43 and 23 yards, respectively), book-ended around a 23-yard Suisham boot. The ensuing onside kick attempt failed, and the Steelers were able to secure a 20-12 win.
Pittsburgh secures a playoff spot as a Wild Card and can still take the division, depending on what the Bengals do. As for KC, they need some major help from other teams to eke into the final AFC slot.
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The Stars: The Pittsburgh defense was the star here in this game, holding the Chiefs to just 39 rush yards and a 0-4 mark in the red zone. They also came up with a key fumble recovery.
On offense, Bell had a game-high 63 yards on 20 carries, while Brown posted 72 yards and a TD on seven grabs.
Albert Wilson led the way for KC with 87 yards on five catches. Santos’ 4-4 on field goal attempts kept the Chiefs in the game.
The Goats: Kansas City’s offense has long been a point of contention among critics, and they didn’t do much to improve their standing today. Jamaal Charles’ 29 yards on nine carries is a baffling stat, but there’s really no big-time receiver on the team (besides the criminally underused Travis Kelce) who can provide a threat to open things up underneath.
Allowing six sacks doesn’t really help, either.
Injuries: Both teams seemed pretty fortunate as far as injury here. Roethlisberger was shaken up on the Brown touchdown but he turned out to be just fine.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 17, both teams have home games on Sunday, December 28 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS. The Chiefs will host the Chargers, while the Steelers will welcome the Bengals.
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