It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.
The Steelers won a game that maybe earlier this season they would have lost, as the Chiefs took them the distance, and more, taking Pittsburgh to OT before finally winning 16-13.
The OT didn’t last long, as on the 2nd play Chiefs QB Matt Cassel threw his only pick of the night, throwing a ball that was intercepted by Lawrence Timmons. He broke a tackle, taking it to the Chiefs five-yard line before getting knocked out of bounds.
Mike Tomlin didn’t waste time, sending in kicker Shaun Suisham, who nailed the 23-yard field goal for the win.
“We’ll take it, we won’t apologize for it either,” Tomlin said. “Such as is life in the NFL, the guys made the necessary plays to get out of the stadium with the win.”
The win puts the Steelers at 6-3 on the season, still a game behind the 7-2 Ravens, who they will play in two of the next three weeks, with a game at Cleveland in between.
The win came at a possible huge cause, as the Steelers lost QB Ben Roethlisberger to what is being called by many as a separated right shoulder.
The QB left the stadium and went to the hospital for an MRI. At the time of the injury, he was 9-for-18 for 84 yards with a score. He was replaced by Byron Leftwich, who frankly wasn’t very good.
He took over with the Steelers tied at 10, and was only able to get the team in position for one field goal, which gave the Steelers a 13-10 lead with 12:37 left.
It looked like the Steelers would get out at that score, but give credit to Matt Cassel and the Chiefs offense, as they converted a 4th-and-15 with a 27-yard gain to Dwayne Bowe to the Steelers 28 with three seconds left.
After Cassel spiked the ball, Ryan Succop kicked a 46-yard field goal to send the game into OT.
Leftwich in the game was 7-for-14 for 73 yards. The Steelers were outgained 290 to 243, as their run game was held to 95 yards on 23 carries, a 3.3 yards per carry average.
Bottom line, Leftwich hasn’t started a game since 2009 when he was with the Buccaneers, and now he may have to take on the Ravens twice in the next
Tomlin didn’t concede that Leftwich would start Sunday night vs the Ravens, but it sounds like he might not have a choice.
“I’ll wait to see what his status is like before we make any of those determinations,” Tomlin said.
It was a win, but not one that will make many Steeler fans feel all that warm and fuzzy about it.