The Kansas City Chiefs met the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for their week two match this past Sunday. Despite having lost their previous six games against Pittsburgh, the Chiefs came out on top with a narrow yet convincing victory of 42 -37. This makes it back-to-back wins for Kansas, and is the first time they have beaten the Steelers since 1986.
Stunning First Quarter…
It was a stunning first quarter for the Kansas City Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes’ brilliant passes, including three touchdown tosses in the first 13 minutes of the game to aid the initial aggression of the Chiefs, who made it 21-0 by the end of the period.
It was during the second quarter that the Chiefs blew it, and it looked like the Steelers were set to turn the game around. Ben Roethlisberger made a fumble in the second quarter, giving the Chiefs another touchdown, but this was disallowed due to a defensive penalty. From there the Steelers picked up the pace, and the next three possessions they pulled it back to make it all even at halftime – 21–21.
Quarterback Roethlisberger otherwise played an excellent game for Pittsburgh Steelers, making 39 of 60 passes for 452 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as making a 3-yard score within the last two minutes of play to bring the Steelers within 5 points again. It just wasn’t enough…
Kansas City Chiefs made an impressive second-half recovery, turning on the offense until it was too much for the Steelers to handle, led once again by a switched-on Mahome and Kelce, with contributions from Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, Kareem Hunt, and Demarcus Robinson, who all made touchdown passes of their own.
The game ended with a Kansas City win by the score of 42–37. The BetStars NFL odds predicted a win for the Chiefs at 10/11 with over 52.5 points, and this was quite accurate to the outcome. Although the Steelers are the better team on paper, their recent record and ongoing internal issues have resulted in a slow and unpromising start to the season, whereas Kansas City seems to be pulling out all of the stops, helped in part by the arrival of Patrick Mahomes.
Mahomes Sets Records
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Caption: Patrick Mahomes was drafted by the Chiefs in 2017, and since then is making his mark after just three career games.
Patrick Mahomes is proving to be a very strong addition to the Chiefs. He was drafted last year after a surprise decision to trade old-timer Alex Smith with Washington to make space for Mahomes to come through. Mahomes played a ‘meaningless’ late-season game last year but has really made an impact since joining the team for their openers this season.
In this game Mahomes passed for 326 yards and 6 touchdowns, the most ever allowed by the Steelers. That makes it 10 touchdown passes in two weeks, the most ever by a quarterback in NFL history over two games. His three tossed touchdowns in the first quarter of the game set the standard for the Chiefs, and he never really let them drop despite questionable defensive play allowing the Steelers to gain a halftime tie.
Travis Kelce also played an outstanding game. He caught 7 passes for 109 yards and made 2 touchdowns for Kansas.
If anything Kansas just need to work on the defense. They didn’t need to lose their lead, and it was only the offensive response that gave them the game. It was similar in their season opener against LA Charges. They took a big lead, and then struggled away to defend it. They also need to prevent any mid-season slump, and it is Mahome that is the key to this momentum.
The Kansas City Chiefs now have 2 – 0 this season, while the Pittsburgh Steelers have let their record slip further to 0 – 1 – 1. Kansas City take on San Francisco 49ersat the Arrowhead Stadium for their Week 3 game, while Pittsburgh are away at Tampa Bay. It’s still early in the season, so both teams will be looking to make an impact.