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What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Kansas City

Posted Oct 15, 2017

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular Week 6 matchup at the Kansas City Chiefs.

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 6 game at the Kansas City Chiefs.

4:25 p.m. ET - Kickoff

4:31 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a disappointing end to what began as a promising possession. The Steelers took the opening kickoff and earned a couple of first downs before facing a third-and-3 at the Kansas City 34-yard line. On that play, after Le’Veon Bell chip-blocked pass-rusher Dee Ford, Al Villanueva lost control of him and his sack of Ben Roethlisberger forced the Steelers to punt.

4:39 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers defense recorded the team’s first safety of the season on Kansas City’s opening possession, or rather the Chiefs Zach Fulton, starting at center for injured Mitch Morse, snapped the ball over the head of Alex Smith and out of the end zone on a second-and-17 from the Chiefs 9-yard line.

4:41 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the free kick following the safety, Antonio Brown appeared to lose Dustin Colquitt’s punt in the sun, and Kansas City receiver Jehu Chesson recovered the loose ball at the Steelers’ 32-yard line.

4:49 p.m. ET - What went right: The Steelers defense responded to the turnover and limited the Chiefs to a field goal that gave them a 3-2 lead with 6:20 left in the first quarter. The big play came on third down when Artie Burns broke up a pass for tight end Demetrius Harris. Harrison Butker then kicked a 46-yard field goal.

4:55 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Chiefs 3, Steelers 2

4:58 p.m. ET - What went right: Le’Veon Bell’s 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second quarter gave the Steelers a 9-3 lead. It was a 12-play, 75-yard touchdown drive officially, but it actually covered 85 yards because of a 10-yard holding penalty on JuJu Smith-Schuster. On the drive, Bell carried eight times for 65 yards and the touchdown.

5:09 p.m. ET - What went right: After his touchdown, Bell was flagged for “an illegal celebration” whatever that is nowadays, but special teams and the defense bailed him out. Chris Boswell had to kick off from the 20-yard line, but Vince Williams got Akeem Hunt on the ground after a 17-yard return to the Chiefs 33-yard line. Then on second down, Mike Hilton dropped Tyreek Hill in the backfield for a 9-yard loss, and then on third down, Hilton made a quick tackle on Hill again after a wide receiver screen that forced the Chiefs to punt.

5:13 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It was a third-and-5 at the Chiefs 42-yard line with 10:10 left in the second quarter. Ben Roethlisberger’s slant pass for Antonio Brown was intercepted by Marcus Peters and returned 10 yards to the Steelers 48-yard line.

5:30 p.m. ET - What went right: Starting at their own 1-yard line, the Steelers drove 93 yards in 12 plays and ate up 6:43 of the second quarter, but after attaining a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line they settled for a Chris Boswell field goal and a 12-2 lead with 2:08 left in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger completed 5-of-7 for 70 yards on the drive, and Le’Veon Bell gained 29 yards on five carries.

5:41 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 12, Chiefs 3

5:54 p.m. ET - What went right: Some halftime statistics: Le’Veon Bell has 99 yards rushing on 17 carries; the Chiefs have one first down, minus-2 yards rushing, 6 yards of total net offense, and their longest gain of the half was a 9-yard pass to Charcandrick West. The Steelers possessed the ball for 21:41 compared to 8:19 for the Chiefs.

6:01 p.m. ET - What went right: The Chiefs took the second half kickoff and went three-and-out. After two runs by Kareem Hunt gained 9 total yards, a sneak by Alex Smith was stuffed short of the line to gain, and the Chiefs were forced to punt.

6:29 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the final play of the third quarter – a third-and-8 from the Chiefs 39-yard line – Mike Mitchell blitzed and missed Alex Smith, who then dumped the ball to Kareem Hunt, who went 37 yards to the Steelers 24-yard line. Mitchell also was flagged for roughing the passer, which moved the ball to the Pittsburgh 12-yard line.

6:30 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Steelers 12, Chiefs 3

6:42 p.m. ET - What went right: On third-and-2 at the Steelers 4-yard line, Andy Reid elected to go for it rather than kick the short field goal to cut the Steelers lead to 12-6. Alex Smith’s pass for Demetrius Harris was knocked down by Sean Davis, and the Steelers took over on downs with 12:47 remaining in the game.

7:19 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 19, Chiefs 13

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