Chiefs slaughter Steelers, win AFC West for sixth straight year

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The Chargers’ faceplant in Houston on Sunday left the door open for the Chiefs to win the AFC West for the sixth straight season and they stormed right through it against the Steelers.

Kansas City went up 14-0 in the first quarter and led 23-0 at halftime on their way to a resounding 36-10 over the Steelers. The win leaves the Chiefs at 11-4 and keeps them ahead of the Titans in the race for the AFC’s top seed heading into the final two weeks of the season. They’ll be in Cincinnati and Denver as they try to close things out.

It remains to be seen if running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and safety Tyrann Mathieu will be around for those games. Edwards-Helaire left with a collarbone injury and Mathieu exited with a quad injury in the second half of Sunday’s rout.

Outside of those injuries, there wasn’t much to dislike for the Chiefs on Sunday. Patrick Mahomes was 23-of-30 for 258 yards and three touchdowns before letting Chad Henne run out the final minutes of the game. Mahomes’ passes went to nine different receivers as Tyreek Hill played a limited role after coming off the COVID-19 reserve list just ahead of the game.

Wide receiver Byron Pringle caught a pair of touchdowns, running back Derrick Gore produced 104 yards from scrimmage, and the Chiefs rolled to a 36-3 lead before taking their foot off the gas in the final minutes of the game.

The Steelers were coming off a hard-fought win over the Titans, but opened the game by letting the Chiefs drive 74 yards over eight-plus minutes for a touchdown and then giving the ball right back on a Ben Roethlisberger interception. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson lost a fumble to open the second half after in looked like the Steelers might have a little life and the overall performance looked like one from a team playing out the string at the end of a lost season.

That’s not what the Steelers are, however. The 7-7-1 team can still win the AFC North and make the playoffs, which seems unbelievable given the way they played on Sunday but the Steelers have veered wildly from one direction to the other all season. They need to push the pendulum back in the other direction against the Browns next weekend or else it really will be curtains for the Steel Curtain.

35 responses to “Chiefs slaughter Steelers, win AFC West for sixth straight year

  1. And congrats to Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes! I enjoying seeing them succeed as a football fan!

  2. I’ve defended Mike Tomlin before, even though I’m not a Pittsburgh guy. But his stubborn support of the run despite the score is ridiculous. It seemed they were trying to run out the clock from late in the 1st quarter on! Yes, your big draft pick Harris will get you some yards if you give it to him every other down. Why do you think the Steelers keep falling behind by 20 points every game? Opponents can’t cover Johnson and Claypool, but they don’t need to if you play 3 yards and a cloud of Astroturf. I’m not watching another Steelers game until there’s some kind of change. That gave me a headache.

  3. The Pittsburgh Rusty Nail fans should thank KC for throttling things down in the second half. This game could have easily been 50 something to 3. Pittsburgh is in serious trouble – vapor thin roster – no talent as a backup at QB – and a team filled with players who think they have to have music with which to practice. Pittsburgh has been infected with Snowflake disease. They are fragile waifes.

  4. Chiefs erased any doubts as to who the best team in the NFL is tonight, after watching the Packers struggle to beat Cleveland and Baker’s 4 interception Christmas presents. Only set back was CEH injury.

  5. If this is the end of Ben Roethlisberger’s career, it is certainly a case of life imitating art. More specifically, from T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Hollow Men:

    “This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    This is the way the world ends
    Not with a bang but a whimper.”

    “That’s the way the world ends.
    That’s the way the world ends.
    That’s the way the world ends.
    Not with a bang but with a whimper.”

  6. Pathetic offensive system put in place by a pathetic OC and executed even more pathetically by a pathetic O-line. I don’t even watch anymore, when the Steelers are broadcast locally. Too aggravating to waste my time watching something so aggravating. Don’t fool yourself, Steelers, you’re just playing out the rest of the schedule.

  7. Everyone bashing Tomlin….what’s he supposed to do with the Easter island statue at QB??? LMAO!

  8. Where are the non-believers that kept preaching Mahomes needed Kelce and Hill to win? Chiefs are scary on both sides of the ball.

  9. 36-10 and if you can believe it, it wasn’t as close as the score. Chiefs turned off the offense and played prevent defense the entire 2nd half.

  10. Tomlin calling 3 timeouts to get the ball back, with 2 minutes left down 30, and still not score against KC’s backups was hilarious. Tomlin has proven he’s in over his head, his childish antics are unacceptable.

  11. Pretty sad to get rolled over like that with your first string QB. So many teams decimated by injuries and COVID but the Steelers are a hot mess all on their own.

  12. laserwizard2021 says:
    December 26, 2021 at 7:37 pm
    The Pittsburgh Rusty Nail fans should thank KC for throttling things down in the second half. This game could have easily been 50 something to 3. Pittsburgh is in serious trouble – vapor thin roster – no talent as a backup at QB – and a team filled with players who think they have to have music with which to practice. Pittsburgh has been infected with Snowflake disease. They are fragile waifes.

    I’m the first to admit, Tomlin has turned this team into a joke. He has squandered talent for the past ten plus years. But man, if your gonna comment bring some substance. Your drunk rambling is painful to read.

  13. The Steelers can still win the division with two wins (Cleveland, @Baltimore). Look at the remaining schedules. Pittsburgh 9-7-1, Cincinnati 9-8. Baltimore 8-9, Cleveland 8-9

  14. A Steelers half reflects a season of futility: Two punts, a pick, a turnover on downs, and a missed field goal.

    They started the second half watching Diontae Johnson fumble the ball away, too.

    Pu-Thet-Ic

  15. topnflfan says:
    December 26, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    Everyone bashing Tomlin….what’s he supposed to do with the Easter island statue at QB??? LMAO!
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Whose fault is it that he has an Easter island statue at QB? Oh yeah, HIS! LMAO

  16. Chiefs Defense crushed it and Mahomes did well. Chiefs are a lock for the 1st unfortunately.

  17. Tomlin has the look on his face today that is typically seen only as his season is ending in his annual
    Postseason defeat

  18. Exactly!!!! A true mystery!
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    youngstownbengal says:
    December 26, 2021 at 8:20 pm
    How did Pittsburgh even win 7 games with this team?

  19. This game was hard to watch. Only player who did anything on offense was Claypool 2 great catches and drew a PI on three targets. So what do the Steelers do? Don’t throw his way again. But the run Harris on first down every play for one or two yards. They have the worse Oline in the NFL and are a terrible team. We as fan deserve more than one option instead of this garbage national game. Should have switched to the Raiders game after the first quarter.

  20. It’s great to see the NFL golden boy steelers get embarrassed week after week. Please stop showing them on TV. They are horrible to watch.

  21. So where are all the haters who pounded every Chiefs thread for the first 2 months of the season about how they were done, Mahomes was washed up, the Bucs had blueprinted them and they stunk because they were in cap hell?

    Time to man up, show up and admit you were wrong. Chiefs Kingdom is waiting on apologies while knowing all we’ll hear is crickets.

  22. Seriously the Steelers need to clean house. Tomlin needs a change of scenery and the Steelers need a coach to fit the new personality of the team. His style of coaching does not fit young players anymore. A rebuild needs to happen and he is not the guy to lead that team. Great coach, but time to break up. The lack of willingness to game plan to the opponent and the stubbornness to keep the status quo instead of changing on the fly is not working anymore. The veterans deserve better than what you are giving them and the young guys walk all over you. YOU ARE NOT THERE BUDDY! Bench some guys and prove a point. Make them earn the job. Your coaches too!

    Thanks for the memories Mike, best of luck on your new team. (PS, take those worthless coordinators with you)

  23. “Slaughter”??? Steelers never showed up. So, if this was a slaughter what do you call what Dallas did to WFT??? Steelers made huge mistakes. Dallas jumped up and sent WFT back to DIV I college level. Puh-lease

  24. I’m not sure which was more unwatchable…this game or WFT/Dallas. Roethlisberger literally can’t move, and WFT imploded on national TV.

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