The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs squared off at Heinz Field in Week 2 of NFL regular season action, and the home team was looking to get the nasty taste of a Browns tie out of their mouths while the visiting team was looking to add on to their offensive output last week vs. the Chargers.
On a picturesque day, the Steelers started with the football to open the game, but were forced to punt on three-and-out. On Jordan Berry’s first action of the game, while trying to pin Tyreek Hill to the sideline, the up-man DeAndre Thomas caught the ball and tight-roped the sideline getting the Chiefs to the Steelers’ 10-yard line. Two plays later the chiefs cashed in with Patrick Mahomes finding Chris Conley in the back of the endzone for the touchdown.
Another Steelers’ three-and-out set up the Chiefs to add to their lead. Mahomes shredded the Steelers’ secondary en route to a bullet pass to Travis Kelce for the Chiefs touchdown. Before you could blink, the Chiefs were up 14-0 with 9:05 left in the first quarter.
It took until their third series, but Pittsburgh was finally able to muster a few first downs and moved into field goal range with big catches by both James Conner and Antonio Brown. However, the Chris Boswell 49-yard field goal sailed wide left keeping the score 14-0. It was Boswell’s second missed field goal of the young regular season.
With great field position after Boswell’s miss, the Chiefs weren’t about to pack up the high-flying offense. It took just a handful of plays for Kansas City to extend their lead. This time it wasn’t Kelce doing the damage, but Kareem Hunt who abused Terrell Edmunds one-on-one to give the Chiefs a 21-0 lead with 2:24 still left in the first quarter.
To start the second quarter, the Steelers’ offense finally decided to start putting together a performance more reminiscent of the Pittsburgh offense most expected. Roethlisberger hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a trio of receptions, moving the team near the red-zone, and finally found Jesse James for the team’s first score of the game.
After forcing Kansas City to punt for the first time in the game, Ben Roethlisberger started to claw the team back into the game on his own. Roethlisberger orchestrated an 11-play 85-yard drive which ended in a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster. However, Boswell’s struggles continued with a missed point-after, making the score 21-13.
Getting the football with just over 3-minutes left in the half, Pittsburgh was able to move the ball into Kansas City territory after big completions to Jesse James and a defensive pass interference call on the Chiefs. With 24-seconds remaining in the half, and inside the red-zone, Roethlisberger found rookie James Washington for a touchdown to move the Steelers within two points of the Chiefs. Pittsburgh went for two, to tie the game, and Roethlisberger hit James Conner in the flat to tie the game 21-21.
Patrick Mahomes picked mimicked his performance to start the second half the same way he did the first half. The second year quarterback led the Chiefs down the field with ease and hit Travis Kelce for his fourth touchdown of the game to give Kansas City a 28-21 lead. The reception was Kelce’s second touchdown of the game.
Needing an answer, Roethlisberger and company marched down the field with ease, but instead of another Roethlisberger touchdown pass, it was James Conner hitting pay dirt on a 2nd-and-goal situation for his first touchdown of the game. Boswell made the extra point to tie the game 28-28 with 7:12 left in the third quarter.
Extra effort for his 3rd TD of the season.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 16, 2018
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Mahomes had looked unstoppable all game, and that continued with Kansas City moving through the Pittsburgh offense like a hot knife through butter. The latest Chiefs’ touchdown ended with Mahomes’ 5th touchdown pass, this time to Demarcus Robinson, to give the Chiefs a 35-28 lead with 3:15 remaining in the third quarter.
Pittsburgh failed to even gain a first down on their first drive of the second half, and the Chiefs did what they had been doing all game — score touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes threw his 6th touchdown of the game to Tyreek Hill to extend the Kansas City lead 42-28.
Jordan Berry was called on for duty again, but a 59-yard punt which went out of bounds at the one-yard line put the Steelers’ defense in position to stop the potent Chiefs offense. After a Mahomes incomplete pass, Kareem Hunt was stoned in the end-zone for a safety, making the score 42-30 with 12:02 left in regulation.
Unable to do something with their next possession, Pittsburgh punted the ball back to the Chiefs. When it looked like a touchdown was inevitable, the Chiefs committed their first turnover of the game when Cameron Heyward forced a fumble which was recovered by Anthony Chickillo.
Roethlisberger took the team on his back, and literally did it all to get the team into the end-zone. On fourth-and-goal, Roethlisberger scrambled to his right and dove into the end-zone to make the score 42-37 with just over 2-minutes left in regulation.
Them wheels though.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 16, 2018
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It turned out it was too little, too late for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the defense failed to stop the Chiefs when it mattered most.
The loss gives the Steelers a 0-1-1 record on the season, as they now turn their attention to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 on Monday Night Football.