Patrick Mahomes: We’re not taking the Steelers lightly at all

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Just a few weeks ago, the Steelers came to Kansas City for a matchup with the Chiefs and got trounced 36-10.

The game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates. Pittsburgh didn’t score until late in the third quarter and didn’t have a touchdown until late in the fourth.

But now the two teams will meet again on Sunday night for a Wild Card matchup. On Wednesday, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was asked about potentially ending quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s career if Kansas City wins on Sunday. Mahomes said he hadn’t thought of the game in those terms, but used his answer to talk about how Kansas City is approaching a second matchup with Pittsburgh overall.

“He’s an all-time great quarterback that’s going to be in the Hall of Fame one day, but he’s still playing great football right now,” Mahomes said in his press conference. “If you look at the big-time throws, he’s made to keep their season alive, we know it’s going to be a great challenge for us. Not just him, but that entire team. They have an attitude about them, a mindset they play with so we’re not taking them lightly at all. They’re a team that’s beat a lot of good football teams and so to get to play against Big Ben is an honor for me. He’s a great football player.”

Mahomes also noted that the Chiefs understand the Steelers are going to change up their approach given Pittsburgh’s lack of success in the December matchup.

“They have a lot of really good coaches over there, they have a lot of really good players and they’ve played in playoff games,” Mahomes said. “They understand how to change stuff up, they understand to go back to what they’re great at. So, we’re expecting a battle. We’ll be ready to go and we’re going to try to find answers for everything. They’re going to throw all different pitches to us, and we have to be able to respond and have success as much as possible.”

Mahomes had one of his best games of the season in the last win over Pittsburgh, finishing 23-of-30 passing for 258 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

26 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: We’re not taking the Steelers lightly at all

  1. The Chiefs once lost a home payoff game to the Steelers 18-16 thanks to Chris Boswell kicking 6 fg. That is the game that made Reid realize he needed a difference maker at qb. Your welcome chiefs

  2. Maybe the Chiefs could get spooked into falling to the Steelers if the game was in Pittsburgh. But this game is in KC, the Chiefs are a lot better than the Steelers, and Roethlisberger is really not good enough to make the difference his team would need to achieve an upset. Anything is possible, but the Steelers winning is very improbable.

  3. I love my Steelers but they are a very flawed team. They honestly have no business in the playoffs. This just secures Coach Trippy’s job for another few seasons. The argument will rage on. Have the non losing seasons been because of Captain Catch Phrase or because of a HOF-FRANCHISE QB. (who I might add didn’t have a losing season prior to Hype Man).

  4. mrbigchest is right. The challenge for the Chiefs back then wasn’t the Patriots, it was the Steelers. Mahomes was on the sideline in KC in a regular season game watching Alex Smith throw dinkers against the Steelers with receivers wide open. In Mahomes third game as a starter he threw for six TDs against the Steelers.

  5. As a Ravens fan I actually would not mind seeing Ben and the Steelers somehow pull this out, but the football fan in me looks objectively at this game and concludes – no way.

    Chiefs 38
    Steelers 14

  6. gruden grinder says:
    January 13, 2022 at 9:31 am
    Steelers 19
    Chiefs 15

    If this was Alex Smith’s Chiefs yeah that could be the outcome, but y’all Steelers fans know it’s over. KC 31 Steelers 17

  7. If the Steelers O had the ability to put up 24 points they’d be favorites for this game.

  8. Steelers pull the upset.
    Chiefs can say they are taking the Steelers seriously, but they don’t believe it.
    This one is gonna sting, Chef’s fans.

  9. Pittsburgh is going have to score to have any chance….you’re not going to beat Kansas City 13-10 because they have a defense, too.

  10. Steelers in an upset. KC has played terrible pass defense in the last three games and the Steelers can get to the QB.

  11. Steelers will be in it late. Whether they win or not, I don’t know. I think if Ben gets the ball with a chance to win it, he will. However, I feel the same about Mahomes. I don’t see the Steelers getting a late stop to win. Take the Steelers and the points for sure.

  12. Steelers did it to the Colts way back when in a huge stunner no one expected. I doubt they pull it off here, but you never know.

  13. The Steelers have absolutely no room for error to win and they haven’t played a near perfect game all year so it won’t happen in this game. Realistically hoping not to get embarrassed…..again. Any given Sunday…..ain’t going to happen.

  14. Can anyone recall ANY team player or coach EVER saying they were taking an upcoming opponent lightly?

    I’m sure it has happened…but c’mon…they’ve all been schooled in the “…they do a great job in all 3 phases of the game…” pre-game opposing coach summary.

  15. The Chiefs defence is still a trainwreck as evidenced by their play against the better quarterbacks they faced in the final month of the season. Burrow and Herbert lit them up.
    Unfortunately for the Steelers, Roethlisberger wasn’t among that group of better quarterbacks, given how anemic their offence looked in week 16.

  16. malcomreynolds says:
    January 13, 2022 at 11:41 am
    The Chiefs defence is still a trainwreck as evidenced by their play against the better quarterbacks they faced in the final month of the season. Burrow and Herbert lit them up.
    So did Lamar. But I just can’t see the Steelers winning this game.

  17. Chiefs are clearly the better team. But Pittsburgh can get a nice pass rush going at times, and is capable of an upset. As they say… On any given Sunday.

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