Pittsburgh Steelers 16 Kansas City Chiefs 13 (OT)- The Post Game Breakdown

In all of my years watching football, I don’t know that I have ever seen the Chiefs play such a conservative game on the offense.  Kansas City seemed to be content with running the ball and playing for field position.  It seemed to me like they left a win in the Steel City on Monday night.  Ben Roethlisberger suffered a shoulder injury in the game, and when he went out early in the third quarter when the game was tied at 10 apiece.  Brian Daboll seemed like he was apprehensive with regards to his play-calling.  Perhaps he had the right game plan though because as soon as he opened the playbook up to Matt Cassel, he threw a costly pick in overtime.  The ultra-conservative game plan the Chiefs decided to roll with prevented them from turning the ball over through regulation.  Kansas City ran the ball about 70% of the time in this game, and of that 70% I would say that 85% of the runs were to the right side of the defense.  I think they found a weakness in the Steelers’ game and exposed it.  Unfortunately they still lost in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers lucked out on Monday.  If they had lost Big Ben during any other game, they probably would have lost.  Once Roethlisberger left the game, Todd Haley went super conservative as well, and the Chiefs caught on.  They began to stack the box and stop the run, and made some great tackles in key situations.  It is too bad that nobody on the team seems to make a play when it really counts.  For example, on the first pass of the second half, Roethlisberger tried to force a throw into Mike Wallace on a nine route and Javier Arenas jumped it.  He did everything right except for catch the ball.  On offense, they did themselves in with a lot of stupid mistakes.  There were many dropped passes and dumb penalties.  A Dwayne Bowe TD was taken off the board because of a holding penalty.  Naturally Ryan Succop missed the field goal after losing out on a touchdown.  The Steelers really had no business winning this game.  I guess when you are 1-8 though, you find ways to hand the other team the game.  At least they were able to hold a lead for the first time this season…

The Steelers needed to win this game in the worst way.  If their quarterback is going to be out for any extended period of time, then that could spell trouble for Pittsburgh.  But then again they do have Mike Wallace, who made an amazing catch in the second quarter of this game.  This was not a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination, but it is one that Pittsburgh was lucky to get away with.  In this league a win is a win and the Steelers can breath a sigh of relief right before they take on the Ravens next Sunday night.

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