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Chiefs Destroy Steelers 42-21 In Wild Card Matchup

The Chiefs Destroy Steelers 42-21 In Their Wild Card Matchup

To cap off a Sunday full of playoff football, the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 42-21. With the win, the Chiefs move on to the Divisional Round to take on the Buffalo Bills.

Offense: Slow Start

However, the start of the game for the Kansas City offense was disastrous. The offense started with three punts and an interception from Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs ran 17 plays in the first quarter and only accumulated 64 yards. Furthermore, in their opening drive of the second quarter, Darrel Williams fumbled, and T.J. Watt scooped it up and took it to the house for a 26-yard touchdown. With 10:41 remaining in the first half, the Chiefs trailed 7-0.

Offensive Dominance

After the fumble, the offense clicked and took off. Mahomes led the offense down the field and connected with Jerick McKinnon for a four-yard touchdown, tying the game at seven. That was just the beginning.

The Chiefs would score two more times before the end of the half, taking a 21-7 lead into the half. Travis Kelce capped it off with a 48-yard touchdown catch with under 15 seconds remaining.

In the second quarter alone, the Chiefs gained 234 yards of offense and took and gained a two-possession lead. Then, Kansas City came out of the half and extended their lead with a touchdown pass to offensive lineman Nick Allegretti.

Following the big man TD, Tyreek Hill got into the action with a 31-yard touchdown reception. The Chiefs scored 35 unanswered points after the fumble return touchdown, leading 35-7.

Ben Roethlisberger would not go away without getting into the end zone. He connected with Diontae Johnson to cut the deficit, but the Chiefs quickly responded.

For the first time since 2012 at Cincinnati as a member of the Bearcats, Kelce threw a touchdown pass to Byron Pringle to cap off an offensive explosion. It was Pringle’s second touchdown catch of the night.

Patrick Mahomes finished the games with 404 yards and five touchdowns. It is his second career playoff game with five touchdown passes. His first game was against the Texans in the Divisional Round matchup in 2019.

The star QB became the second quarterback ever to throw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a playoff game and to throw for five touchdowns in multiple playoffs games.

The standout on Sunday was Jerick McKinnon. With injuries to Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs needed someone to step up, and he did. McKinnon finished with 142 yards and a touchdown.

Defense

While the offense struggled initially, the defense came to play from the start. The Chiefs’ defense stifled the Pittsburgh offense, holding them to only 44 total yards in the first half.

Kansas City forced the Steelers to punt seven times in the first half, the most punts in a playoff game since the Seahawks in 2010.

The Chiefs’ front seven was all over Big Ben. He had constant pressure in his face throughout the entire game and ultimately was sacked twice. Additionally, on the ground, Kansas City limited Najee Harris to 29 yards on 12 carries.

In total, Steve Spagnuolo’s defense held the Steelers to 257 total yards of offense, with most of it coming in garbage time.

Next Week

The Chiefs’ quest for their third straight Super Bowl trip continues at home against the Buffalo Bills next week. Buffalo destroyed the Patriots 47-17 on Saturday to advance.

These two teams met during the regular season, with the Bills dominating and winning. The Chiefs look to avenge that loss and advance to their fourth straight AFC Championship game.

The kickoff is set for Sunday at 5:30 p.n. CST.