Pittsburgh Steelers Win Fourth Straight but at a Big Price
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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania—The Sunday night rain that poured down on Soldier Field in Chicago on the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears found its way east just in time for Monday Night Football.
Heinz Field was getting pelted with heavy winds and rain that made the early prognosis ugly for the match up between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The weather didn’t hamper Kansas City, who looked sharp in the first quarter, as Jamaal Charles slipped through the Steelers' defense to give the Chiefs their first lead of the regular season, 7-0.
“It was definitely Monday Night,” said Matt Cassel, adding: “the atmosphere and the environment, knowing that we’re playing on a national stage.”
Charles to center stage early running in the mush and over-saturated surface to rush for 100 yards, which were 17 more than his last game three games (83).
Kansas City would not hold the lead for long as the Steelers scored 10 points in the second quarter to tie the game.
Ben Roethlisberger would connect with Mike Wallace for the Steelers' first touchdown. Wallace keep control of the pass, with the ball cradled between his knees as he rolled out of bounds.
“Any touchdown catch is a good catch,” he said, referring to whether that was his best touchdown catch of his career.
The most significant news was not the Steelers' winning their fourth consecutive game in overtime, 16-13. The biggest story was the status of Ben Roethlisberger’s right shoulder.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Chiefs' linebacker Justin Houston sacked Roethlisberger, forcing the quarterback to leave the game and not return.
“I don’t know the situation with Ben,” Byron Leftwich, Roethlisberger's replacement, said.
“That’s why they have me here in case anything ever happened to Ben we don’t have to change nothing we can still go out there and play football.”
The Steelers (6-4) are currently riding a four-game winning streak.
Since Mike Tomlin has become head coach in 2007, Pittsburgh has won at least four straight games in four of the last five seasons. It was the second time in the last three meetings Pittsburgh has gone into overtime with Kansas City.
Tonight’s win also marked the first time since 1989-92 that the Steelers beat the Chiefs in back-to-back games. The Chiefs have not beat Pittsburgh in back-to-back games since 1970-71.
“We got out of here with a win,” Doug Legursky said.
"It wasn't pretty, but we will take it.”
Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin shared the same theory as Legursky, saying: “That’s no Ernie Banks, but we’ll take it. We won’t apologize for it either. Such is life in the NFL.”
Such is life in the NFL. A life where you may be without your starting quarterback with your division rival Baltimore Ravens heading into town on a short week.
With the MRI complete on Roethlisberger’s shoulder, the team now awaits the diagnosis, which is likely to be known as early as tomorrow.
If Roethlisbeger can not make the start, it will be third time since 2009 he had missed playing against the Ravens.
Unfortunately, the Steelers are 0-2 in the previous two meetings; such is life in the NFL.
Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.
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