Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Steelers in Ben Roethlisberger’s farewell (Video)
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The Kansas City Chiefs dismissed the career of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday. by eliminating them with a score of 42-21 and qualified for the divisional round of the American Conference.
Kansas City, monarch of the AFC, will face the Buffalo Bills in the next instance.
The 39-year-old Roethlisberger, 18 years in the NFL and winner of two Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh, announced a couple of weeks ago that this was his last season. In this game he passed for 215 yards and had two touchdown passes.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, 26, a Super Bowl LIV champion, finished the game with 404 passing yards, five TDs and an interception.
The Steelers’ defense kept the local offense, third in the league, at bay in the first quarter. He intercepted Mahomes thanks to Jordan Watt, NFL sack leader at 22.5, who deflected a pass caught by teammate Devin Bush.
At the start of the second quarter, Watt, a defensive player of the year candidate, recovered a Mecole Hardman fumble, caused by Cameron Heyward, which Watt took into the end zone to put Pittsburgh ahead by seven points.
Kansas City woke up on a drive that started inside its 20-yard line; rushed for 81 yards in 11 plays which culminated in Mahomes’ air connection to Jerick McKinnon that tied the duel.
The Chiefs struck again late in the first half with a pass from the owner of jersey number 15 to Byron Pringle that gave them a 14-7 lead. and extended into the final seconds before halftime with a pass to Travis Kelce to make it 21-7.
After seven punts from their offense, the Steelers’ defense doubled down in the third quarter on a 68-yard drive from Coach’s team. Andy Reid that culminated with a pass to lineman Nick Allegretti, 28-7.
The nightmare for the visiting attack was prolonged by Najee Harris’s loose ball that Mahomes capitalized on the following series by sending to the end zone to Tyreek Hill, 35-7.
Midway through the third quarter Mike Tomlin’s team finally scored with their offense on Roethlisberger’s pass to Diontae Johnson, 35-14.
In the last period the Chiefs surprised with a play in which tight end Travis Kelce played the passer and connected with Pringle to lengthen the distance, 42-14. Pittsburgh added another seven points with James Washington to make it 42-21.