Steelers' defense dominates Chiefs in the first half

CHICAGO IL- SEPTEMBER 24 Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end L.T. Walton and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward get together in a huddle prior to the start of an NFL football

And it looks like they are taking all that frustration out on the Kansas City Chiefs offense.

It didn't work. Alex Smith's pass was ruled incomplete. By halftime, Bell had set first-half career highs for carries (17) and rushing yards (99).

In fact, it took a Steelers mistake -- a miscommunication between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown -- to give the Chiefs some momentum as Roethlisberger's low throw was intercepted by a diving Marcus Peters.

Still, Smith almost rallied the Chiefs in the second half, hitting De'Anthony Thomas down the sideline for a 57-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got Kansas City within 12-10.

The Chiefs were held to 251 yards of total offense, most of which came in the fourth quarter. The touchdown should have given the Chiefs the lead, instead they still trailed.

Both Chiefs' defensive backs ended up on the ground, and Brown finished off the play by scoring a 51-yard touchdown to put the Steelers up 19-13.

And when their defense forced a quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

His success can be traced to the opening drive, as the Steelers wasted no time establishing their run game by handing off on six of their first nine plays.

That's how winners answer misfortune.

Then the best part happened: James Harrison, inactive the past two weeks, beat left tackle Eric Fisher for an 8-yard sack of Smith on third-and-10. Thomas hauled in the pass, danced near the sideline, and sprinted away from the Steelers for a 57-yard touchdown that cut the Steelers' lead to 12-10 with 6 minutes left.

Hey KC, feel free to boo.



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