PITTSBURGH — A valiant effort by the Kansas City Chiefs ended in another disappointing loss on Monday night, as the Pittsburgh Steelers escaped with a 16-13 overtime win at Heinz Field.
Kansas City (1-8, 1-4 away) jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but Pittsburgh stayed the course. The Steelers took a 13-10 lead on kicker Shaun Suisham’s 31-yard field goal with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop nailed a 46-yd FG at the end of regulation to send the game to OT. Although the Chiefs got the ball first in OT, it took the Steelers (6-3, 4-0 home) less than a minute to win.
On the first possession of OT, the Chiefs faced second and six at their own 19 yard line. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw an interception to Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons, who returned the pick 23 yards to Kansas City’s five. Suisham immediately followed with a 23-yd FG to win the game.
They didn’t have a single turnover in regulation, but the Chiefs found a new way to shoot themselves in the foot, with penalties. They racked up six flags for a total of 76 yards. The Steelers were penalized twice for 19 yards.
Kansas City played inspired defense all night, but it was the offense that raised eyebrows first. The Chiefs got their first lead of the season on a 12-yd touchdown run by running back Jamaal Charles, capping a 70-yd drive with 8:42 to play in the first quarter.
Late in the first quarter, Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson forced a fumble by Steelers RB Isaac Redman at Pittsburgh’s 11 yard line. It was recovered by Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey, and it set up a 22-yd FG by Succop to give the Chiefs a 10-0 lead.
The Steelers answered with a 33-yd FG to narrow the gap to 10-3. With 3:22 left in the half, a seven-yard TD pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Mike Wallace tied the game at 10-10. Roethlisberger left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
The Chiefs’ first possession of the second half produced an encouraging 55-yd drive, but it resulted in a missed 33-yd FG by Succop. A holding penalty on Chiefs left tackle Brandon Albert nullified a 22-yd TD catch by WR Dwayne Bowe.
Shortly thereafter, an apparent fumble by Steelers QB Byron Leftwich was returned 21 yards by Chiefs LB Justin Houston for a TD. The call was reversed and ruled an incomplete pass. Consequently, the team was flagged for excessive celebration in the endzone following the nullified TD.
Kansas City never got the lead back, and went on to lose in heartbreaking fashion. Despite being kept out of the endzone for most of the game, the Chiefs outgained the Steelers in total yards, 290 to 249.
Kansas City will host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium.