Chiefs hold, so Steelers hold on

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A two-point conversion that would have tied the game was negated by penalty, and the Steelers then killed the clock and held on to beat the Chiefs Sunday night, 18-16.

The Chiefs had scored on a Spencer Ware run with 2:43 left to come within two points. Alex Smith found Demetrius Harris wide open on the ensuing two-point play, but Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher was flagged for holding Steelers linebacker James Harrison. The Chiefs backed up 10 yards and tried the two-point conversion again, and Smith’s pass intended for Jeremy Maclin was incomplete.

The Steelers play at New England next Sunday in the AFC Championship Game.

The Steelers won in Kansas City without scoring a touchdown. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell set an NFL postseason record with six field goals, and after scoring on their first drive the Chiefs didn’t find the end zone again until the final three minutes. The Steelers’ biggest third-down conversion of the season came on a 7-yard Ben Roethlisberger pass to Antonio Brown with 1:53 left.

The Chiefs were out of timeouts, and their season ended when Roethlisberger then took three knees. Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell ran for 170 yards, breaking the team playoff record of 168 he set last week.

Bell ran for 101 yards in the first half as the Steelers dominated. The Chiefs didn’t get a first down from late in the first quarter until their second possession of the third quarter, leaving themselves to chase when their offense finally showed signs of life over the final 20 minutes. The Steelers finished with 389 total yards; the Chiefs had 227.

The Chiefs scored on their first drive of the game on a 5-yard Smith pass to Albert Wilson. The Steelers led 12-7 at halftime and 15-10 after three quarters.

Smith finished 20-of-34 passing for 172 yards. Roethlisberger was 20-of-31 for 224 yards, and Brown caught six passes for 108 yards.

108 responses to “Chiefs hold, so Steelers hold on

  1. Good season for the Chiefs team. But for you some of the idiot Chiefs fans, ONE AND DONE! One playoff win in 22 years? Not even a Superbowl appearance in 47 years? Yup, The Chiefs dynasty is in full effect!

  2. The one team the Pats didn’t want to see in the playoffs will be in foxboro next sunday…..lets get it on…..

  3. The Pats are going to kill them next week given Pitts always gets killed by them so good job there, KC for basically giving the Pats an automatic superbowl berth.

  4. Jbaxt and iknowitall can console each other on their phallic-shaped pillow tonight, as they lament their 9-17 playoff record, and 5 straight home playoff losses.

    At least they have their regular season nostalgia. And their mcdonalds colored uniforms

  5. NE is already in the SB….pittsburg is soilid but they arent winning in foxbore. That nfc game is a tough one to call though. It should be a fun SB no matter who NE plays.

  6. Steelers win another playoff game on a penalty…SHOCKER.

    In a season with low NFL ratings, its no surprise that they’ve matched up the Pats and Steelers.

    Sorry Steeler fans, Brady is a better story. Your imaginary stairway to seven ends here. NFL wants a Packers/Patriots Super Bowl.

  7. Great day – two of the top 3 or 4 most annoying fanbases this season both get shutup in the same day!

  8. Not impressed, not happy. New England will steam roll the Steelers if they don’t start scoring. Every playoff game is 18-23 points. Trash offensive game plan that always stalls, turnover machine QB, and a defense that Tom Brady owns. I would love to think otherwise. I was hoping the Steelers would put up about 31 tonight to make me finally believe. But it isn’t happening. NE wins 34-21.

  9. Whew gonna need to do better than that next weekend, but I’ll take it. Kansas City fans should be proud of their team, they had a good season.

    Go Steelers!

  10. KC never really had a chance today. They got handled. Only thing that saved them was terrible redzone offense by the Steelers. This game could’ve easily gotten out of hand had Pittsburgh scored TD’s. They drove up and down the field all night.

  11. Tick tacky holding call to call back the 2 point conversion that tied the game in the fourth quarter of the playoffs…

  12. Steelers should draft a ref in the first round since that’s the only way they win games. #notOneTouchdown

  13. Hilarious. You clowns are embarrassing. And what’s that Rat thing dancing in the end zone? I thought you were the chiefs? But you might as well have a trash can their, cause you guys are garbage.

  14. Alex and Andy: The stink of failure is ripe. Can’t wash this one off.

    Hats off to Travis Kelce: largely irrelevant after the first quarter, and a killer drop by the goal line. Way to show up for the big game in front of the home crowd.

    Chief fan: 24 years and counting since the last home playoff win. Keep the faith, if it takes forever….

  15. Alex Smith is a game manager. Nothing more, nothing less. He’ll get you to January as long as you have a good team and an offensive minded head coach to baby him.

  16. icebowler says:
    Jan 13, 2017 3:24 PM
    Two of the four road teams this year have better and more experienced QB’s (Ben and Aaron) than the home teams, so they have a good chance.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I knew a few road teams had a good chance this weekend. At least one #1 seed won’t be in the SB this year.

  17. I have no dog in this race and am not making any excuses. But, as a fan, I hate to see the game decided by the refs ona marginal holding penalty that could easily be called on over 50% of pass plays.

  18. I have no dog in this race and am not making any excuses. But, as a fan, I hate to see the game decided by the refs on a marginal holding penalty that could easily be called on over 50% of pass plays.

  19. How do the chiefs not learn from last year? More terrible time management. How do you have a 7 minute drive when you’re down by 8 and use one of two remaining time outs when they know they’ll need to get the ball back if they don’t convert. Terrible coaching right there.

  20. Travis Kelce, you lost a fan tonight. How could your hurt the team like that with your unsportsmanlike penalty? The Steelers did not defeat the Chiefs, they did that all on their own.

  21. Every week there is a play that could easily end somebody’s career or worse his life. People are tired of these cheap shots by the Steelers……

  22. It must be utterly depressing knowing that Alex Smith will lace ’em up as starting QB for the Chiefs to begin next season yet again…

    Chief fan, I suggest something 100 proof or stronger after yet another post season tank job.

    Deep down you just knew it was coming.

  23. Congrats, Steelers fans. You did everything you needed to do for a W. That was a good game. Now, please, please, please finish the Pats season next week. I’ll be rooting for you all the way to the SB!

  24. Yes, the biggest thing that will get missed is that the Chiefs were out of timeouts. The question is why. How about that wasted one right before they went for it on 4th down? Classic Andy. It won’t get the attention of his normal time management snafus but once again…..

  25. The chiefs score 2 tds and lose. The steelers score zero tds and win. Lmao. The steelers are a joke. The kicker was the best player on the steelers. Player of the game. That’s embarrassing. The steelers have no chance against the Patriots. It’s gonna be a blowout. The steelers will score only 4fgs.
    Patriots win easily 38-12.

  26. The killer B’s are now the one B. Tomlin and Haley must have hemorrhoids from being so tight offensively over the last month.

    Take that one dimensional offense into Boston next week and you will get what you deserve.

  27. Funny how people complain about only scoring 18 against the Chiefs while ignoring the points scored last week vs. the Dolphins. Hello? The Chiefs have a superb red zone defense. Any knowledgeable fan would know that.

  28. So many far more blatant holds all night and nothing until the NFL’s dream matchup was I the line. Probably coincidence that gooddell was in the building too.

  29. Ben Roesthlisberger vs Tom Brady.
    Aaron Rodgers vs Matt Ryan.
    Did anyone ever say this was a QB driven league?

  30. Sad. I really want Smith and Reid to get a ring (if NE doesnt this year) as I think both are under appreciated but they seem to get in their own way more than not. Smith is a smart player but is incredibly risk adverse, but when he takes shots down the field he makes plays. He just opts to play it safe alot which is good but sometimes you have to risk it in these all or nothing games. Andy is an offensive mastermind but 8 carries for Ware? His pass happy offense works most of the time but he out thinks himself alot and really drains the clock finding his perfect play for the scenario.

  31. Congrats Pittsburgh. Tough way to lose for KC. Not that either of these teams would be an easy out, they both present different problems as an opponent, but as a Pats fan there’s more juice to playing Steelers. It’s just more entertaining to play against a team you have a quasi rivalry with.

  32. Todd Haley is the most incompetent professional football employee in the history of Earth. Bell was unstoppable, and not once but twice inside the Chiefs 10 yd line, he calls a pass. Leaving 11 points on the field, that would have sealed the game.
    A Super Bowl QB, best WR, best RB and not a single touchdown. Even little Alex Smith scored two touchdowns.
    If the Steelers don’t fire Haley immediately, they deserve what’s coming to them in Foxboro next week, an absolute arse whipping.

  33. There are holds on almost every play in the NFL.

    Therefore, refs have a very easy way to influence games by deciding to call some and not others.

    I’m not a Chiefs fan, but how convenient to throw a flag on their most important play of the season.

  34. Wow. And we thought NE/HOU was ugly…
    PIT is going to have to play a whole lot better next week to have any chance at all against NE.

  35. Great and really entertaining game. Very intense, but for the most part the hitting was kept between the whistle. Steelers didn’t play their best game but never allowed KC the big play and mostly avoided making the big mistake. It was enough to win on the road in a really tough place to play.

  36. jvw1982 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:29 PM
    The one team the Pats didn’t want to see in the playoffs will be in foxboro next sunday…..lets get it on…..

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    This is the team NE wanted to see. It is essentially a bye.

  37. twoteamsforlosangeles says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:52 PM
    Alex Smith scored the same number of points as Osweiler…Just sayin’

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    Osweiller threw more TDs than Roethlisberger…
    Just sayin’

  38. The steelers are playing an identical defense next week that will allow Bell to run for a gazillion yds between the 20’s and then collapse on him and force field goal after field goal.

    How long during the game will it take Haley and Tomlin to realize they are playing the Pats and setting rushing records with Bell while kicking field goals means your gonna lose by 20?

    I say they do it when it’s 28 to 6 in the 4th qt and then beg Ben and Brown to bail them out which won’t happen against the Pats.

    It’s to easy to run the spread no.1 passing offense from a yr ago and go score for score with the Pats, we have to show we are the tough run the ball and kick feild goal steelers.

  39. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:43 PM
    Funny how people complain about only scoring 18 against the Chiefs while ignoring the points scored last week vs. the Dolphins. Hello? The Chiefs have a superb red zone defense. Any knowledgeable fan would know that.
    ——————
    Then you should know that the Pats D have given up the least amount of points per game

  40. iknowitall says:

    Oh, wait. The Chiefs lost. iknowitall won’t be heard from until next year……..

  41. 4sacroc says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:42 PM
    The best defense left in the tournament is gone.

    The Final Four will be wide open.
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    Wrong, the best defense was and still is the Pats…look it up

  42. Congrats to the Steelers on a tough hard fought win. Good luck next week against the Cheaters.

    As for the doofus who had the “Fun Fact: The Jets have won a Super Bowl more recently then the Chiefs!”

    Fun Fact: Jets won SB 3, the Chiefs won SB 4. Might want to check facts before you actually call them facts. Idiot.

  43. The Rooneys are stoked about all the money they’ll save only having to send Chris Boswell to Foxboro

  44. Fat Andy is 4 – 7 in playoff games over the last 10 years. In other words … a loser. Mike Tomlin is 9 – 5 & despite what brain damaged Terry Bradshaw says, Tomlin is an a accomplished HC.

  45. Never saw the game, but this is why I said people on Saturday night/Sunday morning moaning about how ‘if the Pats play like this next weekend then they’re done’ we’re being a bit premature.

    I said it was equally possible the winner of this game tonight could put up an equally unconvincing performance and that appears to be exactly what happened.

    So, the narrative has gone from “New England has no chance against Pittsburgh if they play like that again” to “Pittsburgh has no chance against New England if they play like that again” in the space of about 18 hours.

  46. It will be a sleepless night for Eric Fisher – The 1st round pick who couldn’t stop a 38 years old rusher. He will probably spend the entire off season in the gym and practice more blocking technique.

  47. Its amazing that, given his past issues with clock management, Andy Reid isn’t taking more fire for how poorly the Chiefs clock management was.

    I mean, come on… their final drive was SEVEN MINUTES long while trailing by 8 points and they needlessly wasted two second half timeouts because Reid wasn’t ready to call plays. Just look how much time it took for them to run a play after converting on 4th down… 47 seconds elapsed between the 4th down snap, and the TD snap. That’s unacceptable when you’re under 3 minutes and might need to get the ball back again. When they finally did score with 2:43 left on the clock, their own actions made the two point conversion all or nothing. Once they failed to convert, it was all over.

    Obviously that’s not the only reason the Chiefs lost, but it definitely didn’t help… and its just the continuation of a long pattern for Reid, who doesn’t even think he has an issue with clock management.

  48. I love NFL football. However, they need to fix something. The refs are WRONG more than half the time. Not sure what the solution is, but they are ruining game after game after game after game after game.

  49. If you don’t think Fisher’s blatant and complete TACKLE of James Harrison was holding or Fisher’s TACKLE of Harrison saved Smith from being sacked you have no idea what you’re watching.

    So many bitter commenters here. You all need to get a life!

  50. jvw1982 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:29 PM
    The one team the Pats didn’t want to see in the playoffs will be in foxboro next sunday…..lets get it on…..
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    Haha, no. The only team the Pats don’t want to see in the playoffs is Baltimore. They’re on their way to Houston whether we like it or not.

  51. I think one thing we can all agree is the NFC games were more entertaining than the AFC’s.

    Here’s hoping for 2 games for the ages this weekend.

  52. hiresolutionfilms says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:31 PM
    He was holding Harrison all game…bout time they called it!
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    Yet they choose to call it when it really counted, and ignore the other times –
    same goes for the steelers, could have been called when it really mattered and were not.

    Was it holding? Yes. No question.
    Was it happening a lot on both side, hell yes.

    funny how they choose to enforce or not enforce.

    earlier poster said it right – the WWNFL wanted the steelers and pats. gotta work on the ratings.

  53. When are the Chiefs going to realize that Alex Smith isn’t a championship quarterback? This guy has no vision down the field. This guy is average at best.

  54. TRsome says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:56 PM
    There are holds on almost every play in the NFL.

    Therefore, refs have a very easy way to influence games by deciding to call some and not others.

    I’m not a Chiefs fan, but how convenient to throw a flag on their most important play of the season.

    ————————————————————I don’t see it that way.

    That play was the most important play for both off those teams so far this season.

    Fisher basically tackled Harrison who was rushing hard and seemed to be in position to affect the play.

    Chiefs have had the ball bounce their way quite a bit this year.

    Good Team, but no excuses for them.

  55. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:40 PM
    Congrats, Steelers fans. You did everything you needed to do for a W. That was a good game. Now, please, please, please finish the Pats season next week. I’ll be rooting for you all the way to the SB!
    __________________________________

    Steeler FANS didn’t do squat to win the game.

  56. If you have to hold the 38 year old on the most important play of the game you deserve a flag.

  57. snowdood163 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:41 PM

    Fun fact: the Jets have won a super bowl more recently than the chiefs. And that trend continues.
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    So they played Super Bowl IV before they played Superbowl III?

    Way to go, moron.

  58. haywoodjablomee says:
    Jan 16, 2017 9:01 AM

    When are the Chiefs going to realize that Alex Smith isn’t a championship quarterback? This guy has no vision down the field. This guy is average at best.
    ————————————

    Never. The Chiefs have only had two quality quarterbacks in their history. They have never even attempted to draft a franchise quarterback.

    It’s completely ridiculous.

  59. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:40 PM
    Congrats, Steelers fans. You did everything you needed to do for a W. That was a good game. Now, please, please, please finish the Pats season next week. I’ll be rooting for you all the way to the SB!
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    The Steeler fans did everything needed to win the game? ANYWAY, 31 fanbases will be rooting against the Patriots next week and 31 fanbases will be cursing the the G.D. Patriots for ruining their Sunday.

  60. Didn’t watch. Not surprised Pitt won on a flag. Won’t watch these NFL orchestrated “dream ratings” matchups, either. Bye NFL.

  61. That was clearly a holding penalty I don’t what game you were watching but even if it wasn’t called and the two point conversion was successful it would have only tied the game. The Steelers would have gotten the ball and who knows maybe they hit another field goal lol. Go Steelers. You dominated last night lets go ahead and finish the drives. I don’t think the Pats can stop Bell I’m gonna be honest.

  62. snowdood163 says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:41 PM

    Fun fact: the Jets have won a super bowl more recently than the chiefs. And that trend continues.
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    How do you figure, since Super Bowl IV came after Super Bowl III?

    Good to see you have 44+ other folks as dumb as you.

  63. The Steelers have a good chance in foxboro because Goodell drools over Rooney and doesn`t want New England back in the Super Bowl so he`ll have “his” crew working the game. The same ref that called the holding penalty on the 2 point try that only Pittsburgh or Dallas gets in that situation is heading to foxboro to orchestrate that ending too. Sorry Patriot fans but your about to see a game officiated like the Pittsburgh-Seattle Super Bowl a few years ago so your team will have to play perfect to win the 11 on 18 battle your in for.

  64. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    Jan 15, 2017 11:43 PM
    Funny how people complain about only scoring 18 against the Chiefs while ignoring the points scored last week vs. the Dolphins. Hello? The Chiefs have a superb red zone defense. Any knowledgeable fan would know that.
    ——————
    Then you should know that the Pats D have given up the least amount of points per game

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    Then you should know that the best qb the pats played all year was Russell Wilson and they lost that game. The 2nd and 3rd best qbs they faced all year? Flacco? Dalton? Tannehill? Fitzpatrick? 😂😂They certainly haven’t seen anything like what is coming next week. Certainly not suggesting steelers are gonna roll but hopefully the pats are as confident as some of theor fans.

    Also you would be hard pressed to find a defense that has been better than the steelers since week 10 or so.

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