The Steelers responded after their most disappointing game of the season last week (a 34-3 loss at Philadelphia) by playing their most impressive game of the season on Sunday night. The 43-14 win over visiting Kansas City at a rainy Heinz Field improved Pittsburgh’s record on Sunday Night Football to 6-0.
“Big win tonight. All three phases were successful,” Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said. “It was good to get the victory.”
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the charge by recording his fifth career five-touchdown game. He completed 22 passes on 27 attempts for 300 yards and did not throw an interception.
Roethlisberger’s five games with five touchdown passes trails Dan Marino by one, as the Pittsburgh native and NFL Hall of Famer accomplished the feat six times. Peyton Manning has done it nine times, while Drew Brees has 10 to his name.
“I told the guys we’re driving in a car with a broken rear view mirror so we can’t look back [at last week’s blowout loss],” Roethlisberger said. “Guys made plays. Everyone got involved.”
COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE GAME
Le’Veon Bell returned after a three-game suspension with a vengeance. He ran 18 times for 144 yards including a 44-yard scamper. He also caught five passes for 34 yards.
“I came back from my suspension in better shape,” Bell said. “I conditioned in the offseason.”
THE TURNING POINT OF THE GAME
Might as well be the coin toss, as the Steelers won the toss and never looked back. They scored 22 points in the first quarter and took a 29-0 lead into the locker room at the break after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.
Less than four minutes into the third quarter, Pittsburgh scored another touchdown to put the game out of reach with a 36-0 lead.
The Chiefs threatened in the third quarter as they put together an 18-play drive with 17 pass plays. They drove 80 yards to the Steeler three yard line and took 4:52 off the clock, but could not punch it into the end zone and the Steelers defense preserved the shutout through the third quarter.
Kansas City did manage to crack the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter when Tyrone Hill pulled in a bobbled pass and spun through a tackle before diving into the end zone for a touchdown.cored a touchdown on the play after the timeout as Alex Smith hit Travis Kelce to end the scoring of the game at 43-14.
New NFL Hall of Famer Kevin Greene was honored at the game, but he was the second-most impressive honoree of the night. The late, great Arnold Palmer was honored before kickoff.