Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - 7:30 p.m. CT Heinz Field
Play-by-Play: Mike Tirico - Color Commentator: Jon Gruden - Sideline Reporter: Lisa Salters
Chiefs FOX Football Radio Network - KCFX-FM (101.1 FM in Kansas City)
Play-by-play: Mitch Holthus - Color Commentator: Len Dawson - Sideline Reporter: Kendall Gammon
Chiefs Spanish Radio
La Gran D (1340 AM) - Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales - Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso - Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP
The Kansas City Chiefs visit the Pittsburgh Steelers for an ESPN Monday Night Football matchup on Nov. 12. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT at Heinz Field.
The Chiefs enter the game with a 1-7 record while Pittsburgh stands at 5-3 and in second place in the AFC North.
Kansas City was defeated 31-13 last week on Thursday Night Football at the San Diego Chargers. The score was 10-6 before the Chargers scored 21 unanswered points in the middle of the fourth quarter. RB Shaun Draughn scored on a six-yard TD run with 4:26 remaining, marking his second TD run of the season.
Pittsburgh won a 24-20 matchup at the New York Giants on Sunday in a unique circumstance where the Steelers traveled to New York on the morning of the game. The Steelers scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to erase a 20-10 deficit. QB Ben Roethlisberger connected with WR Mike Wallace for a 51-yard catch-and-run TD with 14:05 left and RB Isaac Redman score the game-winning touchdown on a run from one yard out with 4:02 left in regulation.
For the Chiefs, WR Dwayne Bowe became the fourth player in franchise history to record 400 career receptions when he caught eight passes for 79 yards Thursday at San Diego. He now has 401 catches in his career and leads all Kansas City receivers with 45 receptions for 571 yards (12.7 avg.) with three TDs this season.
LB Tamba Hali recorded 1.0 sack (-4.0 yards) against the Chargers and now has 10.5 sacks against San Diego in his career, marking the most he has recorded against any single opponent.
The Chiefs lead the AFC in rushing with 149.9 yards per game. RB Jamaal Charles has carried the ball 132 times for 634 yards (4.8 avg.) with two TDs to rank fourth in the AFC with 79.3 rushing yards per game, while he ranks fi fth in the AFC with 99.0 yards from scrimmage per contest.
Roethlisberger has completed 200 of 298 passes (67.1 pct.) for 2,203 yards with 16 TDs and four INTs for a 101.1 QB rating. RB Jonathan Dwyer has carried 58 times for a team-best 299 yards (5.2 avg.) while Redman has added 76 rushes for 274 yards (3.6 avg.) with two TDs.
WR Antonio Brown leads the Steelers with 42 receptions for 499 yards with a TD while Wallace has caught 39 passes for 525 yards (13.5 avg.) with fi ve TDs. TE Heath Miller has notched 39 catches for 384 yards (9.8 avg.) with a team-high six TDs.
CHIEFS-STEELERS SERIES HISTORY
Monday’s contest marks the 19th overall meeting between the Chiefs and Steelers with Kansas City posting a 10-18 (.357) overall record in the series, including a 1-0 mark in the postseason.
The teams have split the last 10 contests, dating back to a 27-24 overtime victory in an AFC Wild Card matchup on Jan. 8, 1994 when QB Joe Montana found WR Tim Barnett for a seven-yard TD pass with 1:43 remaining to force overtime, which was made possible by a blocked punt from TE Keith Cash that was recovered by WR Fred Jones and returned 31 yards to the Pittsburgh 9-yard line with 2:29 left in regulation. K Nick Lowery added a game-winning 32-yard fi eld goal during the overtime period.
On Nov. 22, 2009, the Chiefs defeated Pittsburgh by the same 27-24 margin in overtime. RB Jamaal Charles began that game with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and later tied the game with a two-yard TD catch from QB Matt Cassel with 4:54 left in the game. Cassel connected with WR Chris Chambers on a 61-yard pass down to the Pittsburgh 4-yard line in overtime, and K Ryan Succop won the game with a 22-yard fi eld goal on the next play.
Last season, the Steelers won 13-9 in a Sunday Night Football matchup at Arrowhead Stadium behind 193 passing yards and a TD from QB Ben Roethlisberger. Succop added three fi eld goals in that contest while DB Travis Daniels returned a Roethlisberger interception 25 yards.