Steelers 24

(6-4, 2-3 away)

Chiefs 27

(3-7, 1-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 22, 2009

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 OT T
PIT 0 17 0 7 024
KC 7 0 10 7 327

Top Performers

Passing: B. Roethlisberger (PIT) - 398 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Mendenhall (PIT) - 21 CAR, 80 YDS

Receiving: H. Ward (PIT) - 10 REC, 128 YDS, 1 TD

Roethlisberger hurt in OT as Steelers fall to Chiefs

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the last player drafted in 2009 trotted onto the field, the best team of 2008 was doomed.

A few minutes after Ben Roethlisberger wobbled off the field Sunday with a possible concussion, Ryan Succop kicked a 22-yard field goal with 8:28 left in overtime and the Kansas City Chiefs snapped a team-record 10-game home losing streak with a 27-24 victory over the stunned Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cassel Cracks Steel Wall

After a slow start in the first half, Matt Cassel led the Chiefs to a comeback win with a strong second half and overtime performance. While Cassel struggled with accuracy all game, his 10.7 yards-per-attempt in the second half and OT helped stretch the Steelers' defense for two touchdown passes.

Cassel By Half
1st half 2nd/OT
Comp-att 4-10 11-20
Yards 35 213
TD-Int 0-0 2-0
Passer rtg 50.0 125.6

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Chris Chambers' 61-yard catch-and-run set up Succop, and "Mr. Irrelevant" booted through the game-winner for the Chiefs (3-7), whose stadium was crammed with tens of thousands of towel-waving fans of the Steelers (6-4).

Roethlisberger had thrown for 398 yards and three touchdowns when he apparently took a knee to the helmet while being sacked by Derrick Johnson and gave way to Charlie Batch. Coach Mike Tomlin said he was not certain how severe the injury might be.

"He took a blow, needless to say, it was a concussion-oriented thing so I doubt he was going to come back into the football game," Tomlin said. "I don't have a lot of information in terms of where he is or his level of availability. We will have more information as we proceed."

Just before Chambers' big play, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor dropped a possible interception.

"This job is not for the faint of heart," said a beaming Todd Haley, the Chiefs' rookie coach.

Fast Facts

• Ryan Succop's 22-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Chiefs and helped them pass their win total from last year.

• The Steelers allowed the opening kickoff to be returned for a touchdown and have now allowed a return TD in an NFL-record eight straight games.

• Kansas City snapped a 10-game home losing streak.

• Ben Roethlisberger threw for 398 yards, the third-highest total of his career.

• Kansas City's Chris Chambers had 119 receiving yards, his 1st 100-yard game since Week 3 of the 2007 season.

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Matt Cassel had a horrendous first half, passing for only 35 yards on four completions. But he came through in the final two quarters and overtime, finishing with 248 yards and two touchdowns.

"I've got to hand it to [Cassel], the kid's a fighter," said Haley, who grew up accompanying his father to Steelers training camp, where the elder Haley worked as a personnel executive. Haley lost to Pittsburgh in last year's Super Bowl when he was Arizona's offensive coordinator.

"It's nice to get a little reward against a team like that. I thought the guys really showed heart and guts," he said.

The Chiefs faced third down when Cassel connected with Chambers, who was signed three weeks ago off waivers from San Diego. He went 61 yards before he was pushed out of bounds at the 4.

Succop, the final player drafted in April, came in and clinched the Chiefs' first home victory in more than a year. Succop also had a 27-yarder that tied it 17-all in the final seconds of the third quarter.

It was the second loss in a row for the Steelers, who have fallen twice to division rival Cincinnati and were without injured Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu. Guard Chris Kemoeatu also went out with a knee injury.

In regulation, the Steelers (6-4) had the ball for almost 19 minutes longer than the Chiefs (3-7) and outgained them 463-206. The Chiefs stayed in it with Jamaal Charles' 97-yard return of the opening kickoff and Andy Studebaker's 94-yard return of an interception.

"I think we lost the momentum in the third quarter with all the turnovers and stuff like that," said Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who had 10 catches for 128 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown. "When you let a team hang around like that, you give them a chance. When you give them hope, they thrive off the crowd noise. They took it into overtime and did what they had to do."

Studebaker, making his first NFL start, picked off Roethlisberger's pass 2 yards deep in the end zone in the third quarter and motored to the Steelers 8 before running back Rashard Mendenhall dragged him down.

"Once I picked it off, 100 yards looked like a long way," he said. "It was a fun play."

But Cassel was sacked twice in the next three plays, and the Chiefs had to settle for Succop's 27-yarder.

Roethlisberger's 8-yard touchdown pass to Mendenhall gave the Steelers a 24-17 lead a few minutes later after the Steelers recovered Cassel's turnover at the 27.

But back came KC, playing without suspended wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. Cassel hit Lance Long for 30 yards and Chambers for 47 to set up a 2-yard TD pass to Charles that tied it 24-all with a little under 5 minutes left.

Cassel also had a 21-yard TD pass to Leonard Pope early in the third quarter.

Charles, who got the Chiefs' first rushing touchdown of the year the week before, got their first kickoff return for a TD in four years. He took the opening kickoff at the 3, started left and then veered right and was hardly touched. It was the fourth time in five games Pittsburgh yielded a kickoff return for a touchdown.

It was the Chiefs' first home win, and first win over an opponent with a winning record, since they beat Denver in the fourth week of the 2008 season. It was the first time they'd posted back-to-back wins since Oct. 14-21, 2007.

"To do it against the defending Super Bowl champions is a great feeling," said Succop. "A lot of hard work has gone into it and our coaches and players and everybody has really bought in."

Game notes

The Steelers have given up a fumble, interception or kick return for a touchdown in eight consecutive games. ... Roethlisberger's big game followed one of his worst, when he threw for 174 yards and had a 51.5 passer rating against Cincinnati the week before. ... The Chiefs had not won back-to-back games since beating Cincinnati and Oakland on Oct. 14-21, 2007.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2713
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays7755
Total Yards516282
Yards per play6.75.1
Total Drives1314
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-51-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

kcTD15:00Jamaal Charles 97 Yard Kickoff Return (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 97 yds, 0:00
pitFG14:54Jeff Reed 36 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yds, 7:03
pitTD5:39Hines Ward 8 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 95 yds, 5:55
pitTD1:55Heath Miller 10 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yds, 3:06
kcTD10:54Leonard Pope 21 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 62 yds, 2:23
kcFG0:09Ryan Succop 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, -1 yds, 1:35
pitTD8:40Rashard Mendenhall 8 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 27 yds, 2:28
kcTD4:58Jamaal Charles 2 Yard Pass From Matt Cassel (Ryan Succop Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 91 yds, 3:41
kcFG8:28Ryan Succop 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 76 yds, 1:32