Three weeks ago the Steelers defense allowed Ravens QB Joe Flacco to drive 92 yards for a game-winning score in a 23-20 loss at home. Sunday night in Kansas City, the defense vowed it wouldn’t happen again. And they lived up to that vow.
With Chiefs QB Tyler Palko driving the Chiefs to what would have been the game-winning score, the Steelers defense got a rare takeaway, but their third of the night, as they held off a game Kansas City squad in a hard fought 13-9 win that was more stomach turning than entertaining to watch.
The Steelers dominated in a number of areas, but all night they were unable to put the Chiefs away, and after Ben Roethlisberger’s 3rd-and-11 pass was tipped with 4:27 left to force a Steelers punt, you just knew the game would come down to the wire.
And it did.
The defense though caught a break when Palko, making just his second career start, threw a pass for WR Dwayne Bowe, and with five Steelers in the area, Keenan Lewis picked off the pass to seal the four-point win.
It was a tough night for the Steelers offense, they outgained the Chiefs 290 to 252, but managed just one touchdown and two Shaun Suisham field goals. They also fumbled a ball in the end zone, and Roethlisberger was picked off on another promising drive.
The defense though was the story, forcing Palko into a couple key mistakes, the biggest of which came at the end with the game on the line. The Steelers D also was down a man as safety Troy Polamalu left the game early with a head injury.
Roethlisberger was 21 of 31 for 193 yards and an interception for the Steelers. Palko fumbled a snap and threw interceptions to Ike Taylor and Ryan Mundy on consecutive plays in the first half.
The only TD of the night came when Roethlisberger threw a short touchdown pass to backup TE Weslye Saunders in the first half.
The win puts the Black and Gold at 8-3, and for the time being ties them with the Ravens up top the AFC North. The Ravens do hold the tie breaker with two wins over the Steelers.
The Steelers are back at home Sunday at 1pm when they play host to the Cincinnati Bengals, who they beat back on November 13th 24-17 in Paul Brown Stadium.