It wasn't the offensive juggernaut from the Pittsburgh Steelers. And Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith led his team on a heroic fourth quarter march that should ... could have tied the game. But in the end, it was a hold by tackle Eric Fisher that took the two-points that tied the game off the board. And a NFL record performance by Steelers' kicker Chris Boswell, that sends the Steelers to a meeting with the New England Patriots next Sunday.
The Steelers showed that they had been here before. When the usually explosive offense didn't get in the end zone, Boswell kicked six field goals. The Steelers also managed to minimize costly mistakes, while the Chiefs' mistakes proved insurmountable.
The Steelers held the ball for 34:13 minutes. While they didn't get in the end zone their time of possession helped keep Smith and the Chiefs' offense dormant. Well, kind of dormant, in the first quarter to answer Boswell's first field goal, Smith led the Chiefs down the field that ended in a five yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson. The Chiefs wouldn't score again until a Cairo Santos 48 yard field goal in the third quarter.
The Steelers' defense and special teams also stepped up. That includes the special teams keeping speedster Chiefs' wide receiver Tyreek Hill from burning them on kick returns. Hill was able to gather in four kick returns but none proved costly to the Steelers. Hill's longest kick return was for 21 yards.
The Steelers' defense was responsible for one interception and one quarterback sack. They also managed to keep the Chiefs' best wide receiving option, tight end Travis Kelce under wraps. Kelce finished with five catches for 77 yards. But he also was on the end of a big drop and a 15-yard bonehead roughing penalty call in the third period.
It was a game worthy of a divisional round match-up. The surprise? The Chiefs were the only team on the field to score any touchdowns, they scored two. And the Steelers are the team that is moving on, behind six field goals by kicker Boswell.
Yep, there is another killer B in the hive.
There is a report that Antonio Brown posted what seemingly should have been an "in-house" post game speech to his Facebook account. It isn't the language that is so surprising, it is the total lack of decorum displayed by Brown that makes this so disappointing.
Next up New England Patriots in Foxborough Sunday at 2:20 MT. Opening line Patriots 5.5 favorites, Over/Under 51.0