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Chiefs to Host Steelers Next Sunday: Three Quick Things to Know

Posted Jan 8, 2017

The Chiefs’ opponent is now set for next Sunday

As the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed their bye week over this Wild Card weekend, their potential opponents were busy competing for the right to come to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday afternoon for the divisional round.

The Chiefs would be playing the AFC’s highest seed left after this weekend’s games, and with their 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon, the No. 3-seeded Pittsburgh Steelers have earned the right to continue their playoff push at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday.

The Chiefs and Steelers will kick off at 12:05 p.m. CT. (Buy tickets here).

It’s the most highly anticipated game at Arrowhead Stadium in more than two decades, and it’s another opportunity for Chiefs fans to show everyone why it’s the loudest stadium in the world and just how difficult of place it is for opposing teams to come and play.

Here are three things to know about this matchup:

1.     Chiefs’ last home playoff win came against the Steelers

If nothing more than just an interesting fact, the Chiefs’ last home playoff victory was against the Steelers on January 8, 1994, and it came by a score of 27-24 after a game-winning 32-yard field goal by Chiefs kicker Nick Lowery in overtime.

The Chiefs were led in that game by quarterback Joe Montana, running back Marcus Allen and receiver J.J. Birden. 

With less than two minutes remaining and with the Chiefs trailing by seven, Montana led the Chiefs down the field and found Tim Barnett in the back of the end zone on fourth down to tie the game for the Chiefs, who would go on to win it in overtime.

It’s the only time these two teams have met in the playoffs.

2.     The Chiefs and Steelers played in Week 4 

If you consider how the Chiefs responded after their Week 4 loss on the road to the Steelers, the performance that night might sting a little less.

The Chiefs lost that game by a score of 43-14, and it’s bound to be a heavy topic of conversation throughout the next week.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 22 of 27 for 300 yards with five touchdowns, and running back Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 18 times for 144 yards.

The Chiefs turned it over twice in the first quarter and quickly fell behind, 22-0. 

Since that loss, the Chiefs won 10 of their last 12 games, including going 3-0 against playoff teams (Oakland Raiders-2, Atlanta Falcons). The Chiefs averaged more than 25 points per game offensively and allowed less than 19 per game defensively over the last 12 games.

It’s also worth noting that linebacker Justin Houston, who Chiefs coach Andy Reid said should be good to go on Sunday, didn’t play in the first meeting.

After starting the season with a 4-1 record, the Steelers lost four straight before finishing the regular season on a seven-game winning streak.

It's also worth noting that Reid is 19-2 in his career when coming off a bye.

3.     The Steelers this season: Home vs. Road

With this matchup taking place at Arrowhead, here’s a look at the splits for the Steelers this season on home versus road games:

Pittsburgh Steelers This Season

 

Home

Road

Record

6-2

5-3

Offense (Points per game)

28.25

21.6

Defense (Points per game)

21.25

19.6

Offense (Yards per game)

397

348

Defense (Yards per game)

364

321

Ben Roethlisberger (YPG)

319

238

Ben Roethlisberger (COM)

71%

59.4

Ben Roethlisberger (TDs)

20

9

Ben Roethlisberger (INTs)

5

8

Le'Veon Bell (Rush YPG)

98

113

Le'Veon Bell (Receiving YPG)

58

45

Le'Veon Bell (TOTAL TD)

4

5

Antonio Brown (YPG)

84

87

Antonio Brown (Total TD)

6

6

It’s worth noting that while the Steelers went 5-3 on the road, the combined record of their opponents on the road was 55-71-2. The only two teams they played on the road that had a winning record were Washington (8-7-1) and Miami (10-6).

They beat Washington by a score of 38-16, and lost to Miami, 30-15.

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