The Steelers were down 21-0. Then, they weren’t.
Ben Roethlisberger rallied Pittsburgh to 21 unanswered points, allowing the Steelers to draw even 21-21 at halftime.
Roethlisberger, who got off to a rocky start, has gone crazy since the team’s first two drives. He is 24-of-35 for 278 yards and three touchdowns already.
He also threw a 2-point conversion to James Conner after his 14-yard touchdown pass to James Washington with 18 seconds left in the first half. The Steelers went for two after Chris Boswell missed an extra point following the team’s second touchdown.
The Chiefs forced a Roethlisberger fumble on a sack by Justin Houston late in the first quarter, and Chris Jones scooped and scored on what would have given Kansas City a 28-0 lead. But Chiefs cornerback Orlando Scandrick‘s defensive holding penalty negated the score.
Pittsburgh used its new life to score its first touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Roethlisberger to James.
The Chiefs had nine penalties for 62 yards in the first half.