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Steelers Win SNF Slugfest In Kansas City

Ben Roethlisberger
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Once in a while, all of us football fans are reminded that the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t always win pretty. However, the important thing is that they just win, regardless of how ugly it may get. In a game marred by six turnovers between two teams that couldn’t do much of anything on offense, Pittsburgh was able to walk out of Kansas City with a 13-9 victory on Sunday Night Football.

On the winning side, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger managed through a broken right thumb by passing for 193 yards, tossing 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Despite walking away with a victory, “Big Ben” was a bit disappointed after the game with how his team came out and played:

It’s tough because it’s a mixed feeling type of thing: You’re happy to get the win, but you’re disappointed the way the offense played. I think that’s what team’s all about. The defense stepped up huge today.

Despite how much the Steelers defense stepped up, it did suffer a major blow when All-Pro defensive back Troy Polamalu left the game in the first quarter with a head injury he suffered while leading head-first on a low tackle. But even without Polamalu, the Pittsburgh defense was able to control the game by forcing several turnovers and holding the Chiefs to just 90 yards rushing.

As for the Chiefs, there’s honestly not much that can be said to cover up how much of a hot mess this team has been since Halloween. In fact, since beating San Diego on Monday Night Football back on Halloween night, Kansas City has only scored a touchdown one time!

Second-string quarterback Tyler Palko, who was making his second consecutive start since Matt Cassel suffered a season-ending injury, threw for only 167 yards with three interceptions. Plain and simple, the dude looked lost half the time and was overwhelmed by the Steelers defense.

The 8-3 Steelers now go back home to Pittsburgh for a critical home game against the surprising Cincinnati Bengals, while the 4-7 Chiefs hit the road to take on the 7-4 Chicago Bears.

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