The most extensive dress rehearsal of the summer ended for the Chiefs on Saturday night with more mixed results. Their passing game came alive and special teams were again spectacular in what eventually became a 26-20 victory over the Steelers in overtime.
But the running game continues to be unproductive while the defense failed to contain Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and didn’t force a turnover.
The Chiefs’ starters left the game for good early in the fourth quarter with the score tied 10-10. The game was settled late, after the starters for both teams were on the bench.
The Chiefs trailed 20-17 when they took possession at their 19 with 4:51 left. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel at one point completed all five passes for 52 yards on a drive that took the Chiefs to the Steelers’ 10.
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But he was sacked on a second-down play and the Chiefs eventually had to settle for a 38-yard field goal from Ryan Succop to tie the game at 20-20 with 1:32 left.
The Chiefs fell behind 10-0, allowing the Steelers to score on each of their first two possessions. Pittsburgh first drove 70 yards before settling for a 28-yard field goal from Shaun Suisham.
The only touchdown allowed by the starting Chiefs defense came after Kansas City failed to convert on fourth down from its own 21. Roethlisberger scrambled to buy time on third and goal from the 13 and found Jonathan Dwyer uncovered for the touchdown.
Roethlisberger completed 13 of his 19 passes for 166 yards.
The Chiefs hadn’t completed a pass to the starting wide receivers in the first two preseason games but quarterback Alex Smith got the ball a total of 12 times to Donnie Avery and Dwayne Bowe. Those plays gained a total of 127 yards.
But the running game was unproductive. Jamaal Charles started after missing last week’s game with a strained foot. He gained just 10 yards in seven carries and was stopped without a gain on successive carries on the drive that ended with the failed fourth down play.
A 38-yard scramble by Smith set up Kansas City’s first score, a 19-yard field goal from Ryan Succop.
Smith then completed six of eight pass attempts on a late first-half drive that ended with a five-yard touchdown throw to Junior Hemingway.
With the backups for both teams in the game, Pittsburgh went ahead 17-10 in the third quarter on a 34-yard pass from Bruce Gradkowski to Markus Wheaton, who got behind Neiko Thorpe and Tysyn Hartman.
The Chiefs got the score right back on a 109-yard kickoff return by Knile Davis, who earlier in the period lost a fumble on an offensive play.
The Chiefs earlier came up with a big play in the kicking game when Hartman blocked Suisham’s 52-yard field-goal attempt.
Pittsburgh went ahead 20-17 in the fourth quarter on a 27-yard field goal from Suisham.
The Chiefs drove midway through the fourth quarter to the Pittsburgh 31 with Daniel at quarterback. But his pass on fourth and two intended for Hemingway was broken up.
Pit—FG Suisham 28, 6:27.
Pit—Dwyer 13 pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick), 2:51.
KC—FG Succop 19, 2:57.
KC—Hemingway 5 pass from A.Smith (Succop kick), :18.
Pit—Wheaton 34 pass from Gradkowski (Suisham kick), 1:59.
KC—Davis 109 kickoff return (Succop kick), 1:45.
Pit—FG Suisham 27, 11:10.
KC—FG Succop 38, 1:32.
KC—Richardson 15 pass from Daniel, 8:53.
|Total Net Yards||404||349|
|Time of Possession||30:14||35:53|
RUSHING—Kansas City, Daniel 5-45, A.Smith 1-38, Davis 5-12, Charles 7-10, Draughn 4-8, Gray 2-3. Pittsburgh, F.Jones 8-29, Dwyer 8-25, Batch 7-22, Alexander 3-17, Sanders 1-5, Roethlisberger 1-(minus 1).
PASSING—Kansas City, A.Smith 17-24-0-158, Daniel 14-24-0-152. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 13-19-0-166, Gradkowski 8-17-0-115.
RECEIVING—Kansas City, Bowe 6-73, Avery 6-54, Hemingway 3-29, Fasano 3-26, Wylie 2-22, Hammond 2-11, Charles 2-4, Moeaki 1-24, Brock 1-15, Richardson 1-15, Draughn 1-14, Newsome 1-12, Shoemaker 1-9, Gray 1-2. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 3-61, Wheaton 3-54, Moye 3-41, Dwyer 3-20, Cotchery 2-32, Paulson 2-10, Palmer 1-25, Sanders 1-24, W.Johnson 1-7, Wright 1-5, Batch 1-2.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—Pittsburgh, Suisham 52 (BK).