Chiefs 13 – Steelers 19
Steelers Receiving Stats:
Antonio Brown: 8 receptions for 155 yards – 1 touchdown
Juju Smith-Schuster: 3 receptions for 32 yards
Martavis Bryant: 2 receptions for 27 yards
Vance McDonald: 1 receptions for 26 yards
Le ?Veon Bell: 3 receptions for 12 yards
Le ?Veon Bell: 32 rushes for 179 yards, Avg: 5.6 yards – 1 touchdown
James Conner: 2 rushes for 14 yards, Avg: 7.0 yards
Terrell Watson: 1 rush for 3 yards, Avg: 3.0 yards
Chris Boswell ? 1 for 1, PCT: 100%, XPM – 2, PTS: 5
In a game which came down to the wire, the Pittsburgh Steelers redeemed themselves fully, following one of their worst performances in recent memory, with a hard-fought 19 – 13 victory over the previously-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers improved their record to 4-2 and sit atop the AFC North.
The story of this game featured the Steeler’s ‘Killer Bs’, whose performance reminded Steelers fans of the high-level potential of their offense. Coming off the worst performance of his career, Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made the completions when it counted and finished the game with 252 passing yards and a touchdown.
All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who was on record this week stating that the Steelers should focus more on the run, was a workhorse from the opening whistle; by the end of the 1st quarter, he had already amassed 72 rushing yards. He finished the game with 179 rushing yards on 32 carries.
Perhaps the player that left the biggest imprint on this day was All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown accounted for yet another big game with 155 receiving yards and most notably made a key catch late in the game on 3rd and 2 (worthy of play of year consideration) and scoring the game clinching touchdown for the Steelers. Coming into today’s game, Brown had more receiving yards than every NFL receiver this season; today’s performance solidified his spot at #1.
On the other side of the ball, the Steelers’ defense stated their claim as arguably the best unit in the NFL with their performance. They held the Chiefs’ offense to 13 points for the entire game. Coming into this game, the much maligned rush defense had a tough task against the league’s top running back, rookie Kareem Hunt. They responded by confining Hunt to only 21 yards rushing. As a unit, the Steelers’ defense rose to the occasion in a tense situation. Notably, second year safety Sean Davis made a key stop on 4th and 2 early in the last quarter, which could have changed the outcome in the Chiefs favor.
Other great individual performances included Steelers’ linebacker Vince Williams, who left the game early in the 4th quarter with a hip injury, but finished the day with 5 tackles and a team high 2 sacks. Safety Sean Davis accounted for 8 tackles (6 solo), and a pass deflection; lastly, veteran outside linebacker James Harrison, activated for the first time this season, came up big with a sack at the end to help clinch the game and supplied 3 tackles.
Post Game Commentary:
The true measure of a team is how it responds after being embarrassed in the fashion this team was last week. Collectively, this team came together and made this victory possible, against arguably the best team in the NFL. Offensively speaking, although this was not the greatest showing, it was the type of game that can carry over into big things in future games. What was encouraging to see was both Ben and Antonio on the same page, something that the collective fanbase was waiting to see.
Lastly about Antonio Brown — Brown is the type of athlete that comes once in a generation, that influences others to strive for the same greatness. The spectacular catch he made today was not just a reflection of his God-given talent, but also a reflection of the work ethic that he has instilled since he was drafted back in 2010. There should be no question in anyone’s mind that Brown is the best wide receiver in the NFL, but after such a catch, it may not be so far-fetched to think that the is the best player in the NFL.
Steelers Play of the game:
There not much more to say about this play, it is all Antonio Brown.