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Chiefs vs. Steelers 2014: News and updates leading into Week 16

Defense bends but doesn't break in a day of firsts

On a day when the Steelers clinched their first playoff berth since 2011, several other firsts occurred in their pivotal matchup with this Chiefs

Watch Tuitt's hit on Charles

Tuitt, the rookie second round draft pick, had his first Man Play of his career. He delivered a big shot on the Chiefs' running back, causing a fumble and giving the Steelers the extra possession they needed to hold off Kansas City.

Winners and Losers from Steelers win over Chiefs

It was a hard-fought battle between two good football teams, and the Steelers had more positive players than negative ones in their win over the Chiefs.

Harrison's son denies making retirement request

Harrison's excellent Week 16 performance leads his son to deny being the reason behind his alleged pending retirement this coming offseason.

William Gay flagged for taunting Lawrence Timmons

The officials will have a difficult time describing it as anything else.

STEELERS WILL PLAY IN JANUARY

The Steelers clinched their first postseason berth in three years with a hard-fought 20-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16.

Ben Roethlisberger hurt, but returns

Roethlisberger was down but he's not out. He will return for the Steelers' first drive of the fourth quarter.

Chiefs vs. Steelers second half open thread

Steelers take 10-6 lead into halftime. Pittsburgh will kick off to start the second half.

Chiefs vs. Steelers first half open thread

A classic game is on the docket at Heinz Field as the Steelers host the Chiefs in Week 16. Hang out here and discuss the game with other Steelers fans from around the country.

Steelers inactives for Week 16 vs. the Chiefs

Safety Troy Polamalu heads the list of Steelers inactives as the Steelers are set to face off against the playoff hopeful Chiefs.

Protection key to Steelers vs. Chiefs

The NFL is a pass happy league, known for rules changes that mostly favor the offense. For the Steelers today, a victory vs. the KC Chiefs will rely on one key. Getting balance from offensive stars Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell.

Fantasy Football: Who to start and sit vs. Chiefs

Which Pittsburgh Steelers player should get the start in Week 16, and who should be finding the bench in a crucial week of Fantasy Football.

It's all about the give and take for the Steelers

The up-and-down nature of this team can be proven very simply by looking at their turnover differential in wins and losses.

Steelers need 28 points to set franchise record

Locking up a spot in the playoffs is a desirable outcome for the Steelers vs Kansas City, but if Pittsburgh maintains it's pace on offense, a historical undertaking will occur.

Harrison to return, while Polamalu likely out

The Steelers will trade out one veteran for another when they'll regain OLB James Harrison, who's missed the last two games due to a knee injury. They'll lose safety Troy Polamalu to a knee injury of his own. Ike Taylor is also likely to miss Sunday.

5 reasons the Steelers will defeat the Chiefs

The Steelers face a well-built Chiefs team, top-to-bottom, in Week 16. It will take a three-phase effort to win this game and advance to the postseason, but they do have enough favorable matchups to pull it off.

Nuts and bolts of how to watch Chiefs at Steelers

An epic battle with playoff implications looms in Pittsburgh Sunday when the Chiefs and Steelers lock up in Week 16. Here are all the broadcast details for Sunday's game.

LeBeau says Shazier will get more than four snaps

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is excited to get a cadre of healthy linebackers back, including rookie Ryan Shazier, about whom he hinted may not have been 100 percent last week when he only had four snaps.

Injury Report: Ike and Troy both doubtful Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their final injury report before playing the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. Two veteran members of the defensive secondary will most likely be unavailable.

Polamalu 'not expected to play' against Chiefs

A Friday afternoon report from Post Gazette reporter Gerry Dulac suggests Steelers safety Troy Polamalu will miss Pittsburgh's Week 16 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

5 questions with Arrowhead Pride

We ask a great Kansas City Chiefs site, Arrowhead Pride, five questions regarding the Steelers' Week 16 game.

Reid sees similarities in Broncos, Steelers

The Chiefs have seen the high-powered offense of the Denver Broncos twice this season. He sees the Steelers, Kansas City's Week 16 opponents, as a similar kind of offensive challenge.

Injury Report: Polamalu, Spaeth, Wheaton DNP

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, and who will be available from an injury standpoint is far from certain.

Steelers vs. Chiefs: Who the experts are taking

The 9-5 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 8-6 Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in a game with huge playoff implications. See who the experts are taking in this Week 16 matchup.

Matchup: Steelers RZ offense vs. Chiefs RZ defense

The inconsistent Pittsburgh Steelers' red zone offense will have their hands full with the league's best red zone defense in the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday at Heinz Field.

James Harrison '100-percent' and ready to return

James Harrison was a full participant in practice Wednesday, his first full practice since injuring his knee 3 weeks ago, and looks to return to the lineup Sunday vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reasons for concern for Steelers vs. Chiefs

The Chiefs lack takeaways but they are capable of making up for that with a great pass-catching tight end and one of the games premier defensive players, not to mention an excellent all-around running back.

Moore preaching focus to wide receivers

The ex-Saints receiver has been a part of a great offense even though he may not have been the focal point of it. It's a good message to send to the Steelers' receivers, who are facing the biggest game they've been a part of as a pro.

Which Chiefs player do you want?

Defensive tackle Dontari Poe was once sent to Pittsburgh in a mock draft. A cruel, mean gesture gave fans hope the mega-athletic defensive tackle would come close to falling to the 24th pick. But he may not even be the player we'd want most.

Steelers three point favorites over the Chiefs

The Steelers get the standard home team opening line in their Week 16 match-up with the Chiefs. A win and Pittsburgh is in the postseason.

It's 'win and in' for Steelers, not 'win and wait'

Several Steelers players have never experienced a winning season, let alone a situation in which they control their own postseason destiny.

Finding a way to stop receivers

Kansas City is one of the best red zone-scoring teams in the NFL, and the Steelers have struggled in terms of the passing game recently. While it's usually the wide outs that cause the most damage, the Steelers haven't fared well against TEs either.

Steelers can clinch playoff spot with a win Sunday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot to play for Sunday, and one of the biggest reasons is if the Steelers beat the Chiefs Sunday they will clinch a playoff spot.

AFC playoffs: Steelers remain in fifth

In a week where the Steelers protected their position in the playoff race, all the other divisions' top teams clinched their spot in the playoffs.