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Steelers hold off Chiefs on Boswell's 6 field goals, 18-16

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Who needs to reach the end zone when you have Le'Veon Bell chewing up yards and the clock, and Chris Boswell setting an NFL playoff record with six field goals?

Throw in a stingy Pittsburgh defense for most of Sunday night, and a multitude of mistakes by Kansas City, and the Steelers' 18-16 victory sent them into the AFC championship game.

The Steelers (13-5) needed to hold off a last-ditch threat by the Chiefs (12-5) before advancing to face New England next Sunday night for a spot in the Super Bowl. The Patriots won at Pittsburgh 27-16, but Ben Roethlisberger was injured and didn't play.

''I think it's going to be a showdown,'' Bell said. ''Two great quarterbacks going head to head. Two of the best teams in the AFC. It's time to settle it next week.''

Since 2001, the Patriots and Steelers have combined to win nine AFC titles.

Spencer Ware's 1-yard touchdown run took Kansas City within 18-16. The Chiefs at first converted the 2-pointer to tie it, but tackle Eric Fisher - the first overall selection in the 2013 draft - was penalized for holding. The next try failed.

With 2:43 remaining, Justin Gilbert misplayed the kick return and was tackled at the Pittsburgh 5. Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for 7 yards on third down and Pittsburgh then ran out the clock, securing a ninth straight victory for the Steelers. The Chiefs have not won a home playoff game since 1994, losing five in a row.

The scoring started furiously in the opening minutes, then the game became a kicking exhibition by Boswell, who also had six field goals in the regular season against Cincinnati. And Bell put on a virtuoso running performance, patiently finding holes and then exploding through them. He added a team-record 170 yards rushing to the 167 he had in a win over Miami last week.

''The coaches put a lot of trust in me to get the job done,'' Bell said of his 30 carries. ''Just run hard. Just picked my spots where I could and run hard.''

The Steelers became first team to win a playoff game without a TD since eventual Super Bowl champion Indianapolis in the 2006 AFC divisional round at Baltimore.

Using a no-huddle attack almost to perfection early on, the Steelers drove deep into Kansas City territory. But they bogged down inside the 5 and Boswell made a 22-yard field goal.

The Chiefs were just as efficient on a six-play march capped by receiver Albert Wilson lining up in the backfield, then slipping uncovered into the end zone for a 5-yard score.

Pittsburgh's answer came on a 52-yard heave to All-Pro Brown, who somehow was covered by linebacker Justin Houston. That led to Boswell's second field goal, a 38-yarder. He added a 36-yarder to cap a 14-play drive on which Pittsburgh again barely huddled.

A clean game up until then turned to, well, turnovers, on successive series. Bud Dupree pounded Alex Smith, whose pass shot high into the air and was caught by linebacker Ryan Shazier.

The Steelers got to the Kansas City 5, where Frank Zombo leaped to deflect Roethlisberger's throw, and All-Pro safety Eric Berry - burned for 26 yards on the previously play - picked it off in the end zone.

Boswell's fourth field goal, from 45 yards, made it 12-7 at the half. His 43-yarder, setting the franchise record for a postseason game and tying the league mark of five, came on Pittsburgh's first series of the second half. A 43-yarder midway in the fourth quarter gave Boswell the NFL record.

''It's just about doing my job,'' Boswell said. ''Coming out here, put it through the yellow pipes. Don't really think too much. Don't think like I'm the guy or anything. I'm just doing my job and doing my one-eleventh for the team.''

Kansas City's Cairo Santos got in on the kicking act with a 48-yarder to make it 15-10. At that point, 10 seconds from the end of the third quarter, the Chiefs were outgained 333 yards to 150.

WEATHERMAN

Switching the game from noon local time to an evening kickoff to avert an ice storm had no effect on the crowd. Fans arrived early, tailgated in the rain as the worst of the storm never hit the area. But fog rolled into Arrowhead Stadium in the second quarter, obscuring some views from on high. Not that what was going on was worth watching for Chiefs fans.

NOTES

Bell rushed for almost as many yards (101) in the first half as the Chiefs gained (106). ... Boswell's four first-half field goals tied the team record for an entire playoff game. ... Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce had a rough game, including a big drop and a 15-yard roughing penalty in the third period.

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Key Players
L. Bell 26 RB
170 YDs, 0 TDs
A. Smith 11 QB
172 YDs, 1 TDs, 1 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 2:43
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. A.Smith pass to J.Maclin is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
18
16
Touchdown 2:43
S.Ware up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
75
yds
7:06
pos
18
16
Field Goal 9:49
C.Boswell 43 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
10
plays
45
yds
5:21
pos
18
10
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:10
C.Santos 48 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Winchester, Holder-D.Colquitt.
7
plays
16
yds
2:50
pos
15
10
Field Goal 10:06
C.Boswell 43 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
7
plays
49
yds
3:42
pos
15
7
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:55
C.Boswell 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
9
plays
28
yds
4:08
pos
12
7
Field Goal 9:18
C.Boswell 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
14
plays
53
yds
6:30
pos
9
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:51
C.Boswell 38 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
7
plays
55
yds
2:18
pos
6
7
Point After TD 6:09
C.Santos extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Winchester, Holder-D.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
3
7
Touchdown 6:09
A.Smith pass short left to A.Wilson for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
55
yds
3:29
pos
3
6
Field Goal 9:38
C.Boswell 22 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-G.Warren, Holder-J.Berry.
11
plays
66
yds
5:22
pos
3
0
Time of Pos 34:13 25:47
1st Downs 20 16
Rushing 10 4
Passing 10 9
Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Conv 7-15 2-9
4th Down Conv 0-0 2-2
Total Net Yards 389 227
Total Plays 66 49
Avg Gain 5.9 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 171 61
Rush Attempts 34 14
Avg Rush Yards 5.0 4.4
Net Yards Passing 218 166
Comp. - Att. 20-31 20-34
Yards Per Pass 7.0 4.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-6 1-6
Penalties - Yards 4-53 6-60
Touchdowns 0 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 1-35.0 4-45.8
Return Yards 60 97
Punts - Returns 2-9 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 3-50 5-97
Int. - Returns 1-1 1-0
Kicking 6/6 2/2
Extra Points 0/0 1/1
Field Goals 6/6 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 0-4 -0% 2-2 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-1 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 12-5663318
Chiefs 12-5703616
218 PASS YDS 166
171 RUSH YDS 61
389 TOTAL YDS 227
Steelers
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 224 0 1 72.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 4043 29 14 94.1
B. Roethlisberger 20/31 224 0 1 6
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
30 170 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
291 1438 7
L. Bell 30 170 0 38 17
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 15 1
B. Roethlisberger 4 1 0 4 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 6 108 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 112 1392 12
A. Brown 11 6 108 0 52 10
J. James 81 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 83 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 44 421 3
J. James 6 5 83 0 26 8
E. Rogers 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 53 621 3
E. Rogers 7 5 27 0 14 2
D. Ayers 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 59 1
D. Ayers 1 1 6 0 6 0
C. Hamilton 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 238 2
C. Hamilton 1 1 4 0 4 0
L. Bell 26 RB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 -4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 77 612 2
L. Bell 5 2 -4 0 -1 17
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
60-32 4 3.5
R. Shazier 5-0 0.0 1 0
R. Cockrell 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
52-16 0 0.0
R. Cockrell 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Harrison 92 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-15 1 6.0
J. Harrison 5-1 1.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-5 0 4.5
B. Dupree 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
58-23 1 0.0
M. Mitchell 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-9 0 2.0
J. Hargrave 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
54-13 3 0.0
A. Burns 2-0 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-10 0 2.0
V. Williams 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Matakevich 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 0.0
T. Matakevich 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Gay 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
43-16 1 1.0
W. Gay 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Heyward-Bey 88 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
D. Heyward-Bey 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-17 1 1.5
S. Davis 1-2 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-9 0 4.0
S. Tuitt 1-0 0.0 0 0
L. Timmons 94 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
78-37 2 2.5
L. Timmons 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Dangerfield 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-12 0 0.0
J. Dangerfield 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jones 95 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-14 1 1.0
J. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
6/6 0/0
SEASON FG XP
27/31 36/36
C. Boswell 6/6 45 0/0 18
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 35.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
69 45.4 25
J. Berry 1 35.0 0 35
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Gilbert 24 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 13.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 19.0 32 0
J. Gilbert 2 13.0 28 0
S. Coates 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 24.9 44 0
S. Coates 1 24.0 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Brown 84 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 8.8 33 0
A. Brown 2 4.5 6 0
Chiefs
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Smith 11 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.8% 172 1 1 69.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.5% 3674 16 9 89.8
A. Smith 20/34 172 1 1 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
S. Ware 32 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 35 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
222 956 4
S. Ware 8 35 1 11 9
T. Hill 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 285 3
T. Hill 3 18 0 8 3
A. Smith 11 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 143 5
A. Smith 2 9 0 5 10
C. West 35 RB
-1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
89 292 1
C. West 1 -1 0 -1 -1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Kelce 87 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 77 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 90 1202 4
T. Kelce 7 5 77 0 24 7
J. Maclin 19 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 564 2
J. Maclin 4 2 28 0 20 2
T. Hill 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 65 620 6
T. Hill 6 4 27 0 9 3
C. Conley 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 46 549 0
C. Conley 4 2 19 0 12 1
C. West 35 RB
-1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 202 2
C. West 2 2 14 0 8 -1
A. Wilson 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 3 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 282 3
A. Wilson 3 2 3 1 5 6
A. Sherman 42 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 14 0
A. Sherman 1 1 3 0 3 0
S. Ware 32 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 448 2
S. Ware 4 2 1 0 4 9
D. Harris 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 123 1
D. Harris 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
R. Wilson 53 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
69-22 1 0.0
R. Wilson 8-7 0.0 0 0
J. Houston 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-2 0 4.0
J. Houston 5-1 0.0 0 0
S. Nelson 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-7 0 0.0
S. Nelson 4-1 0.0 0 0
E. Berry 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
66-18 5 0.0
E. Berry 4-3 0.0 1 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-12 6 0.0
M. Peters 4-2 0.0 0 0
R. Parker 38 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-10 1 0.0
R. Parker 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Jenkins 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-3 0 0.5
J. Jenkins 2-1 0.5 0 0
T. Hill 10 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
T. Hill 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Ford 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-15 0 10.5
D. Ford 1-2 0.5 0 0
J. Reid 75 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Reid 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Reyes 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 1.0
K. Reyes 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Smith 62 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
T. Smith 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Sherman 42 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
A. Sherman 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Thomas 13 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. O'Shaughnessy 80 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
J. O'Shaughnessy 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Wilson 12 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
A. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Sorensen 49 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-9 3 1.0
D. Sorensen 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Murray 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
E. Murray 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-12 0 2.0
C. Jones 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 92 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-13 0 1.5
D. Poe 0-4 0.0 0 0
F. Zombo 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-12 0 1.0
F. Zombo 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Mitchell 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-3 0 0.0
T. Mitchell 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Hali 91 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-11 0 3.5
T. Hali 0-1 0.0 0 0
R. Nunez-Roches 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-10 0 1.0
R. Nunez-Roches 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Santos 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
32/36 37/40
C. Santos 1/1 48 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Colquitt 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 45.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
80 45.1 39
D. Colquitt 4 45.8 1 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Hill 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 18.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 25.3 86 1
T. Hill 4 18.0 21 0
D. Harris 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 25.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 22.0 25 0
D. Harris 1 25.0 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 30 5:22 11 66 FG
6:09 PIT 25 2:18 7 55 FG
0:48 PIT 29 6:30 14 53 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:58 KC 44 1:54 4 39 INT
5:03 PIT 45 4:08 9 28 FG
0:03 KC 40 0:03 1 29 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:48 PIT 26 3:42 7 49 FG
5:12 PIT 2 2:12 3 9 Punt
0:10 PIT 30 5:21 10 45 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:43 PIT 5 2:43 6 11 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:38 KC 45 3:29 6 55 TD
3:51 KC 12 3:03 5 16 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:18 KC 25 1:20 3 10 INT
6:04 KC 20 1:01 3 3 Punt
0:55 KC 16 0:52 3 22 Fumble
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 KC 24 1:12 3 -1 Punt
10:06 KC 21 4:54 7 29 Punt
3:00 PIT 46 2:50 7 16 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:49 KC 25 7:06 13 75 TD