The Pittsburgh Steelers are hitting the road for their first playoff game of a 2021-2022 AFC Playoffs. With the regular season in the rear view mirror, all the focus now turns to the single-elimination tournament, and the potential it being Ben Roethlisberger’s final NFL game. In other words, there are plenty of reasons to tune in on Sunday night. The Chiefs have been a heavy AFC favorite all season, while the Steelers seem lucky just to make the playoffs.
Here is the game preview for the Steelers and Chiefs for their AFC Playoff matchup in Kansas City.
Pittsburgh Steelers: 9-7-1 (2nd place in AFC North)
Kansas City Chiefs: 12-5 (1st place in AFC West)
Odds (Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook)
Moneyline: Steelers +460; Chiefs -650
Last 5 Games
RB Najee Harris (Elbow) - Questionable
Friday, January 14
RB Najee Harris (Elbow) - Full
QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pectoral/Right Shoulder) - Full
DB Arthur Maulet (Concussion) - Full
T Dan Moore Jr. (Ankle) - Full
G Trai Turner (Knee) - Full
RB Darrel Williams (Toe) - Questionable
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Shoulder) - Out
Friday, January 14
RB Darrel Williams (Toe) - Limited
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Shoulder) - DNP
T Orlando Brown (Calf) - Full
LB Willie Gay (Wrist) - Full
WR Tyreek Hill (Heel) - Full
TE Travis Kelce (Hip) - Full
S Tyrann Mathieu (Knee) - Full
CB L’Jarius Sneed (Knee) - Full
OL Andrew Wylie (Glute) - Full
*Players on the Reserve/COVID-19 List are not included on the injury report
News and Notes
It wasn’t long ago, Week 16 to be exact, where the Steelers boarded a flight to play the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. After the Steelers’ opening possession resulted in a Pressley Harvin III punt, the game was flipped upside down and the route began. The end result was a 36-10 shellacking in front of a nearly national audience.
Fast forward to the 2021-2022 AFC Playoffs and the Steelers, the No. 7 seed, are preparing for another game against the No. 2 seed Chiefs. Will the outcome be different for the Steelers? There are a lot of moving parts in this rematch, and you have to start with players who missed that Week 16 matchup.
The Steelers were without Pat Freiermuth, Chris Wormley, Devin Bush and a slowed T.J. Watt who was dealing with cracked ribs. It isn’t as if the Chiefs weren’t without one of their best weapons considering Travis Kelce missed the game due to being on the Reserve/COVID-19 List. Will these players returning have an impact on the outcome of the game? For the Steelers it certainly can’t hurt. On top of those players who are now in the lineup, the team could also get JuJu Smith-Schuster back off Injured Reserve (IR).
It’s all hands on deck for the postseason, and the Steelers will need a legendary performance from many of their players if they want to upset the 12.5-point favorite Chiefs in their house. Could this be Ben Roethlisberger’s last game, or is there still some magic left for the old gun slinger? It might take a magic bullet to get the job done, but Roethlisberger has shown those do exist multiple times throughout his career.
The Steelers are looking for their first playoff win since 2017.
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