The Pittsburgh Steelers have always confused their fans with wins against tough, strong teams and losses against weaker teams.
That same scenario occurred on Sunday evening, when the Steelers took down the last undefeated team in the NFL: the Kansas City Chiefs.
The final score was 19-13.
After a dismal performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger bounced back against Kansas City.
Roethlisberger finished the day with 17/25 completed passes for 252 yards. He threw one touchdown to Antonio Brown, and threw one interception.
“I am proud of this team,” said Roethlisberger. “We had some guys filling in, doing an awesome job. This is not an easy place to play, and a great team we played against. I am just proud of everybody the way we pulled through against this team.”
Brown was Roethlisberger’s favorite target for the second week in a row.
Brown finished the day with 155 receiving yards.
Also having a successful day was Le’Veon Bell.
The running back rushed for 172 yards on 32 different carries. Bell found the endzone once, and his longest run was a 27-yard run.
The Steelers’ first point of the game came on defense, though. Zach Fulton, center for the Chiefs, sent a high snap back to quarterback Alex Smith.
The ball went past the endzone and out of bounds, resulting in a safety.
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell also tacked on a 24-yard field goal.
As for the Chiefs, Smith found De’Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, trying to mount a comeback. However, the only other points recorded in the fourth were from a 33-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.
Butker also scored on a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The win didn’t come without some controversy from the Pittsburgh Steelers, though.
After the match, rumors were swirling around that wide receiver Martavis Bryant – who recorded two receptions for 27 yards against the Chiefs – was requesting a trade.
However, Bryant put the rumors to rest with a tweet after the game stating, “Big win today and tomorrow right back to work tomorrow I am happy to be a steeler and can’t wait to reach number 7 this year.”
On Tuesday, Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin spoke to the media addressing the rumors.
“I’ve had good, fluid communication with Martavis throughout this process, like I have with all of the other players,” Tomlin said. “He was a big contributor to our efforts on Sunday. He was excited like everyone else. I don’t know where these reports come from. Sometimes they come from family members or people close to them, sometime they might come from agents.”
“I don’t judge him or my relationship with him based on things said by others,” Tomlin continued. “He appears to be happy and focused, so it’s a non-issue for us.”
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