Despite the Pittsburgh Steelers not being able to find the end zone, they defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 in the divisional round and punched their ticket to New England to play in the AFC championship.
There wasn’t much action in the first half of this game as there was only one touchdown scored. Alex Smith and the Chiefs capped off their first drive of the game with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson.
Pittsburgh’s high ranked offense failed to get into the end zone, but converted on 4 field goal attempts to make it a 12-7 halftime score.
The second half was a lot more of the same for both teams. The Steelers were able to add two more field goals to their total as the kicker, Chris Boswell went 6/6 on field goal attempts and accounted for every one of the Steeler’s points.
The Chiefs continued to ruin their own chances, dropping multiple of passes from quarterback, Alex Smith. Running back, Spencer Ware was able to find the end zone with about 2 minutes remaining, but Kansas City was unable to complete the 2-point conversion and the scored ended at 18-16.
Ben Rothlisberger finished the game 20-of-31 passing for 224 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Antonio Brown made the right plays at the right times including the final third down conversion to seal the game as he finished with 6 receptions for 108 yards. The MVP of the game, however, was running back LeVeon Bell, who rushed for 170 yards on 30 carries. He was virtually unstoppable and will look to continue that trend against New England next week.
The Steelers will take on the New England Patriots for the AFC championship, on Sunday at 6:45 PM. Make sure to tune into the “Against the Spread” episode this week to find out each team’s keys to the game.