Primetime Overtime…

Posted Nov 12, 2012

Chiefs Lose Tough-Defensive Battle at Heinz Field

The first half of Monday night’s game looked more like a heavyweight title fight than a football game as both teams exchanged blow-for-blow drives, resulting in a 10-10 tie through two quarters.

Both teams traded punts during their initial drives of the game before Kansas City threw the first quality jab of the night, a 12-yard TD run by RB Jamaal Charles. The score gave the Chiefs their first official lead of the regular season, 7-0. The drive was highlighted by a seven-yard run by Charles, a 38-yard connection from QB Matt Cassel to TE Tony Moeaki and one play later Charles hit pay dirt for the score.

The teams exchanged punts on their next drives before the Chiefs landed another significant blow. Facing a dual penalty on Steelers lineman Willie Colon, coupled with the slick elements, Steelers RB Isaac Redman was met near the line of scrimmage by LB Derrick Johnson, who forced a fumbled that was recovered by DL Allen Bailey. Three plays later Chiefs K Ryan Succop booted a 22-yard field goal, making it 10-0 KC.

Backed into a proverbial corner, the hometown Steelers came out swinging. QB Ben Roethlisberger led his team on an 11-play drive that culminated with a Shaun Suisham 35-yard FG to narrow the lead to 10-3.

The Steelers forced the Chiefs to punt on the next drive before Roethlisberger took seven plays, including a 7-yard strike to WR Mike Wallace that evened the score at 10.

As the bell rang to begin the third quarter, the Chiefs defense and LB Justin Houston answered in strong fashion. With the Steelers facing a third and four from their own 28 yard line, Houston sacked Roethlisberger for a three-yard loss, causing Big Ben to leave the game, prompting back-up QB Byron Leftwich to replace the Steelers all-pro quarterback.

The score remained locked until Leftwich led an 11-play, 73-yard drive, culminating in yet another Shaun Suisham FG, this one good from 31 yards, giving the Steelers a 13-10 advantage.

With 1:50 remaining in the game, QB Matt Cassel was facing not only the clock but also a frenzied black-and-yellow crowd. Cassel responded by engineering a nine-play, 52-yard drive, including a 27-yard strike to WR Dwayne Bowe, that set up Ryan Succop’s game-tying 46-yard FG, forcing overtime.

In OT, luck seemed to be with the visiting Chiefs. Winning the coin toss and receiving the ball first, Kansas City set up deep in its own territory. With chants of “Defense” echoing across the three rivers, the Steelers responded. A Matt Cassel pass intended for Bowe was intercepted by Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons at their own 28 and promptly returned for 25 yards, setting up K Shaun Suisham’s third and final FG, this one a 23-yard game winner.

The Chiefs now return to Kansas City for a three-game home stand starting this Sunday, November 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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