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Steelers stunned by KC in overtime



Published: Mon, November 23, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

Ben Roethlisberger couldn’t finish the 27-24 loss.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the last player drafted in 2009 trotted onto the field, the best team of 2008 was doomed.

A few minutes after Ben Roethlisberger wobbled off the field Sunday with a possible concussion, Ryan Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal with 8:28 left in overtime and the Kansas City Chiefs snapped a team-record 10-game home losing streak with a 27-24 victory over the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chris Chambers’ 61-yard catch-and-run set up Succop, and “Mr. Irrelevant” kicked through the game-winner for the Chiefs (3-7), whose stadium was crammed with tens of thousands of towel-waving fans of the Steelers (6-4).

Roethlisberger had thrown for 398 yards and three touchdowns when he apparently took a knee to the helmet while being sacked by Derrick Johnson and gave way to Charlie Batch. Coach Mike Tomlin said he was not certain how severe the injury might be.

“He took a blow, needless to say, it was a concussion-oriented thing so I doubt he was going to come back into the football game,” Tomlin said. “I don’t have a lot of information in terms of where he is or his level of availability. We will have more information as we proceed.”

Just before Chambers’ big play, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor dropped a possible interception.

“This job is not for the faint of heart,” said a beaming Todd Haley, the Chiefs’ rookie coach.

Matt Cassel had a horrendous first half, passing for only 35 yards on four completions. But he came through in the final two quarters and overtime, finishing with 248 yards and two touchdowns.

“I’ve got to hand it to [Cassel], the kid’s a fighter,” said Haley, who grew up accompanying his father to Steelers training camp, where the elder Haley worked as a personnel executive.

The Chiefs faced third down when Cassel connected with Chambers, who was signed three weeks ago off waivers from San Diego. He went 61 yards before he was pushed out of bounds at the 4.

Succop, the final player drafted in April, came in and clinched the Chiefs’ first home victory in more than a year. Succop also had a 27-yarder that tied it 17-all in the final seconds of the third quarter.

It was the second loss in a row for the Steelers, who have fallen twice to division rival Cincinnati and were without injured Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu. Guard Chris Kemoeatu also went out with a knee injury.

In regulation, the Steelers (6-4) had the ball for almost 19 minutes longer than the Chiefs (3-7) and outgained them 463-206. The Chiefs stayed in it with Jamaal Charles’ 97-yard return of the opening kickoff and Andy Studebaker’s 94-yard return of an interception.

“I think we lost the momentum in the third quarter with all the turnovers and stuff like that,” said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who had 10 catches for 128 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown.

Studebaker, making his first NFL start, picked off Roethlisberger’s pass 2 yards deep in the end zone in the third quarter and motored to the Steelers 8 before running back Rashard Mendenhall dragged him down.

But Cassel was sacked twice in the next three plays, and the Chiefs had to settle for Succop’s 27-yarder.

Roethlisberger’s 8-yard touchdown pass to Mendenhall gave the Steelers a 24-17 lead a few minutes later after the Steelers recovered Cassel’s turnover at the 27.

But back came KC, playing without suspended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Cassel hit Lance Long for 30 yards and Chambers for 47 to set up a 2-yard TD pass to Charles that tied it 24-all with a little under five minutes left.

Cassel also had a 21-yard TD pass to Leonard Pope early in the third quarter.


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1Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

63 years in a row, go Browns!!

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2Fattkidd(45 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Tomlin needs to start whippin some tail and benchin folks for their horrendous play, starting with Big Ben. Yeah, he's rackin up yards and such but, he's had a pick six in just about every game this year & there was at least one game where he had two. he's way too far into his career to be giving up points like this. reason is, he's WAY to overconfident in his abilities... witness his propensity to hold onto the ball too long & then try to force it into coverage. he needs to be benched. sorry 'burgh fans but, he needs a little slice of humble pie. before too long he's going to be too old/slow to be scrambling around in the pocket. they need to start forcing him to sit in the pocket, make a decision, throw the ball. if no ones open, toss it away or run for positive yardage. he doesn't run for yardage anymore! that was his biggest threat! that he could actually gain good yardage on the ground which forced defenders to play that run! c'mon! and special teams? fughettabouttit! i've seen better kick coverage from high-school teams. this is pure coaching folks. i think we're starting to see some cracks in Tomlin's abilities here & there as well.

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3dubfun(174 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The one thing better than a Browns win is a Steeler loss. (Or maybe a Steelers cry baby fan. I love it!)

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4mww8(8 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Fatkid you are an idiot. Ben's arm was hit on the interception yesterday causing it to be short for the int. The other INT hit Heath Miller right in the hands and he popped it up to the defender. If it wasnt for Ben we would be 4-6 at best right now.

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5mww8(8 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The Browns are the most pathetic franchise in sports. They need to move them to China and never allow football in that pathetic excuse of a city called Cleveland. 1964 was your last sports championship! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

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6Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Steelers will b back.....

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7woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

ahh the Steelers fans are angry so they are doing what they do best CRYING and trying to make fun of Cleveland. The bad thing is the Stealers were the laughing stock of the NFL in the 40Ss, 50s, and 60s. They arent even the best Steelers team in the state of Pa. GO FARRELL HIGH

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8Armyguy28(26 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Haha you told me to learn my history. Well heres a history lesson there for you Browns fan. Pay attention cause maybe once and for all I could end this "bu bu bu but we won championships before there was a superbowl" Lets discuss Championship numbers 1-4 . First off all those championship seasons only had 8 teams (AAFC).... IN THE WHOLE LEAGUE. So simple math dictates you have a 1/8 shot to get there. You then "won" 4 more 50, 54, 55, 64 after you joined the NFL. The 50 season had 13 total teams. The 64 season had 14 teams. Soooo if your able to follow what im saying the Browns won 8 Championships in the early days of Professional football when it was easier to win one. Now since you tried to teach me a history lesson im hopin you took notes and tell your friends that the "bu bu bu we won championships before there was superbowl" quote is kind of a moot point. Plus your last championship was in 1964.... 45 years ago!!!!!!!! So dont put me on blast there guy. Cause i may only be 29 but ill give your old a$$ a history lesson. RING RING RING well i guess im out off time so MikeyMike class is dismissed.

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9jrolley325(784 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

here's a pathetic stat for ya. the pittsburgh pirates have a more recent championship than the last time cleveland won ANYTHING.

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10jrolley325(784 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

woolyd, before you make any other moronic comments, the first comment on here was a browns fan trying to make fun of the steelers. every team in the division lost. who cares. i stopped caring like 15 minutes after the game was over.

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11bigmetz(7 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

i knew the weekend was full of mishaps, when i went to the mooney/poland game, while rooting for poland and sitting on the mooney side, and being bias towards both teams, they just played on our field i watched poland give mooney a good game but not enough, then came saturday and the buckeyes offence didnt show up till the second half, and then came sunday oh man did it come i watched the steelers get whooped in arrowhead and listened to the browns game a little, well it was almost a total lost weekend but the buckeyes pulled it out while the browns almost won, see there is still a light at the end of the tunell. go steelers

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12woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Armyguy with all due respect im not a Browns fan but do not slight their championships because there werent that many teams because you can only play whose there to play. The league is watered down now compared to then half the quaterbacks now couldnt have made a roster back then because they are terrible. Also many bacjk then played ironman football and the league wasnt a pussification as it is today. What i mean by pussification is that they were allowed to hit quaterbacks, and the rules al,lowed for physicality.

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13woolyd(579 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Mikeymike Ohio State fans are the same way when it comes to the Michigan series. Yes osu has won 6 in a row but Michigan done that a couple times and have even went undefeated during a whole decade. I hope that diddnt offend you and if so im sorry its just that some people are such bandwagoners for their teams and dont know the whole story or history.

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