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Steelers outlast Chiefs 19-13 to defeat NFL's last unbeaten

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers spent Sunday beating up on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Beating up the goal-post padding, too.

The Steelers' star running back churned out 179 yards and a touchdown in a performance reminiscent of January's playoff victory over Kansas City. And Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter to help Pittsburgh hand the Chiefs a 19-13 loss - their first of the season.

''The biggest thing for us is getting wins,'' said Bell, who drew a flag for celebrating his score by throwing haymakers at the goal-post stanchion. ''As a team, we find ways to get wins.''

The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.

Their defense forced a quick three-and-out, and Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no unbeaten teams.

''We straightened a few things out the second half. That's how we got back in the game,'' said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who will no doubt be questioned for going for it on fourth-and-2 at the Steelers 4 early in the fourth quarter, rather than kicking a field goal to get within 12-6.

Smith's throw to the end zone fell incomplete and the Steelers took possession.

''My gut tells me what to do. I thought that was the right thing there,'' Reid said. ''I'm preaching to the team to stay aggressive without being stupid, staying aggressive with it. We had a good play in our pocket that we felt good about. It didn't work out.''

Very little worked out for the Chiefs on Sunday.

Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards with a touchdown and a pick for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week.

His favorite target was Brown, who a few weeks ago was flipping over water coolers but spent Sunday slinging high-fives. He had eight catches for 155 yards, often beating star cornerback Marcus Peters.

''The last little touchdown or whatever, should've been an interception,'' Peters said. ''It comes with the game of football. Can't do (anything) about it. ... We took an `L,' back to the drawing board.''

The game in many ways resembled January's playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, when Bell churned for 170 yards rushing and the Steelers' defense shut down the Chiefs in an 18-16 victory.

Their defensive dominance was even more impressive considering the circumstances: The Steelers allowed more than 200 yards rushing twice in the past three weeks, while Kansas City was averaging 32.8 points and 414.2 yards - and had just piled up 450 in a shootout victory over Houston.

But the Steelers held Kareem Hunt, the league's leading rusher, to 21 yards on nine carries. They also spent the afternoon with their paws on Smith, holding the NFL's top-rated passer to 246 yards and a TD.

''We've played a lot of games against each other. These guys have gotten the last three,'' Smith said. ''They're all hard-fought. They've been physical, intense.''

Smith nearly rallied the Chiefs down the stretch this time, finding De'Anthony Thomas for a 57-yard touchdown that got Kansas City within 12-10 with 6:13 left in the game.

But the Steelers answered with Bell, whose hard running got them near midfield. And when they faced third-and-2, former Chiefs coach and Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley dialed up a pass down the sideline to Brown, who caught the tipped ball and ran it 51 yards for the score.

It was Brown's 52nd touchdown catch, passing Lynn Swann for third-most in franchise history.

''Ben made a great throw and those guys couldn't catch it,'' he said. ''He always puts the ball in perfect position and, in that case, he held the ball until the last minute and made a play. I tracked it the whole time. He put a lot of wing on it and I was able to get the bounce.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Roethlisberger improved to 7-1 against Kansas City. He's won six straight when coming off a game in which he's thrown at least three picks. ... Pittsburgh has beaten a team 5-0 or better seven times in the Super Bowl era. ... Smith has not thrown an interception in 202 attempts. ... Hunt had five catches for 89 yards. ... Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught a pass in his 54th straight game.

OOPS MOMENTS

The Chiefs' first turnover since their first offensive play of the season came in the first half, when backup center Zach Fulton snapped the ball over Smith's head for a safety. But the Steelers gave the ball right back when they inexplicably decided not to field the ensuing free kick.

INJURIES

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert, who had missed three weeks with a hamstring injury, left in the first half after aggravating it. LB Vince Williams left in the second half with a hip injury after picking up a pair of sacks. ... Chiefs RB Charcandrick West was evaluated for a concussion.

UP NEXT

Steelers: Return home to face Cincinnati on Sunday.

Chiefs: Visit the Raiders on Thursday night.

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Key Players
L. Bell 26 RB
179 RuYds, RuTD, 12 ReYds, 3 RECs
24
FPTS
A. Smith 11 QB
246 PaYds, PaTD, 13 RuYds
16
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:21
7-H.Butker 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
52
yds
00:58
pos
19
13
Point After TD 3:24
9-C.Boswell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
10
Touchdown 3:24
7-B.Roethlisberger complete to 84-A.Brown. 84-A.Brown runs 51 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
02:49
pos
18
10
Point After TD 6:13
7-H.Butker extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
12
10
Touchdown 6:13
11-A.Smith complete to 13-D.Thomas. 13-D.Thomas runs 57 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
102
yds
02:50
pos
12
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:12
9-C.Boswell 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
11
plays
93
yds
06:39
pos
12
3
Point After TD 14:55
9-C.Boswell extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
9
3
Touchdown 14:55
26-L.Bell runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
100
yds
05:59
pos
8
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:25
7-H.Butker 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
4
yds
01:24
pos
2
3
Safety 7:53
73-Z.Fulton FUMBLES (Aborted) at KC End Zone. 11-A.Smith recovers at the KC End Zone. 11-A.Smith to KC End Zone for no gain. to KC End Zone for no gain safety.
plays
yds
pos
21
13
Team Stats
Time of Pos 36:39 23:21
1st Downs 23 12
Rushing 13 1
Passing 9 10
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 4-11 3-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-2
Total Net Yards 439 251
Total Plays 63 52
Avg Gain 7.0 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 194 28
Rush Attempts 37 15
Avg Rush Yards 5.2 1.9
Net Yards Passing 245 223
Comp. - Att. 17-25 19-34
Yards Per Pass 9.8 6.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 3-23
Penalties - Yards 6-57 7-48
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-41.4 4-47.5
Return Yards 11 101
Punts - Returns 1-0 3-39
Kickoffs - Returns 1-11 2-46
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-16
Kicking 3/3 3/3
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-2 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 0-0 -0%
Safeties 1 0
1234T
Steelers 4-2 2100719
Chiefs 5-1 3001013
245 PASS YDS 223
194 RUSH YDS 28
439 TOTAL YDS 251
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68% 252 1 1 97.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.3% 1521 7 8 78.2
B. Roethlisberger 17/25 252 1 1 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
32 179 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
134 550 4
L. Bell 32 179 1 27 24
J. Conner 30 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 69 0
J. Conner 2 14 0 11 1
T. Watson 39 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
T. Watson 1 3 0 3 0
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 -6 0
B. Roethlisberger 2 -2 0 -1 14
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 8 155 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 48 700 2
A. Brown 10 8 155 1 51 21
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 15 192 2
J. Smith-Schuster 3 3 32 0 15 3
M. Bryant 10 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 231 1
M. Bryant 3 2 27 0 20 2
V. McDonald 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 26 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 26 0
V. McDonald 2 1 26 0 26 2
L. Bell 26 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 156 0
L. Bell 6 3 12 0 9 24
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-6 0 0.0
S. Davis 6-2 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-5 0 4.0
V. Williams 5-0 2.0 0 0
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-10 2 0.0
R. Shazier 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Matakevich 44 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
T. Matakevich 3-1 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 1.0
J. Haden 3-0 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-6 1 1.0
M. Hilton 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Harrison 92 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
J. Harrison 3-0 1.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 3.0
C. Heyward 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
S. Tuitt 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Golden 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Golden 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 1 3.0
T. Watt 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 2.0
B. Dupree 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-11 0 0.0
M. Mitchell 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. DeCastro 66 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. DeCastro 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Nix-Jones 45 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
R. Nix-Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
11/13 11/11
C. Boswell 1/1 24 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 41.5 10
J. Berry 5 41.4 2 62
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 11.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 11.0 20 0
J. Smith-Schuster 1 11.0 11 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Brown 84 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 3.8 9 0
A. Brown 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Smith 11 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.9% 246 1 0 88.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.9% 1637 12 0 119.2
A. Smith 19/34 246 1 0 16
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Hunt 27 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
106 630 4
K. Hunt 9 21 0 5 10
A. Smith 11 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 121 1
A. Smith 4 13 0 11 16
A. Hunt 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
A. Hunt 1 3 0 3 0
T. Hill 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 15 0
T. Hill 1 -9 0 -9 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Hunt 27 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 89 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 21 255 2
K. Hunt 6 5 89 0 37 10
D. Thomas 13 WR
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 61 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 83 2
D. Thomas 4 3 61 1 57 12
T. Kelce 87 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 390 2
T. Kelce 7 4 37 0 23 3
T. Hill 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 390 2
T. Hill 7 5 34 0 10 3
D. Robinson 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 41 0
D. Robinson 5 1 16 0 16 1
C. West 35 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 72 2
C. West 1 1 9 0 9 0
D. Harris 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 36 1
D. Harris 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Mitchell 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-4 2 0.0
T. Mitchell 6-2 0.0 0 0
D. Sorensen 49 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-8 0 0.0
D. Sorensen 4-4 0.0 0 0
F. Zombo 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-7 0 0.0
F. Zombo 3-1 0.0 0 0
M. Peters 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-1 2 0.0
M. Peters 3-0 0.0 1 0
R. Parker 38 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 0 0.0
R. Parker 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Johnson 56 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-10 0 0.0
D. Johnson 3-3 0.0 0 0
R. Ragland 59 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
R. Ragland 3-1 0.0 0 0
K. Pierre-Louis 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
K. Pierre-Louis 2-3 0.0 0 0
J. Houston 50 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-6 0 5.0
J. Houston 2-2 0.0 0 0
A. Bailey 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-9 0 2.0
A. Bailey 2-4 0.0 0 0
B. Logan 96 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 1.0
B. Logan 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Ford 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 2.0
D. Ford 1-3 1.0 0 0
E. Murray 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 0.0
E. Murray 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Hunt 31 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Hunt 1-0 0.0 0 0
P. Gaines 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-6 0 0.0
P. Gaines 1-3 0.0 0 0
R. Nunez-Roches 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
R. Nunez-Roches 0-1 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 1 3.0
C. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
H. Butker 7 K
7
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/1
SEASON FG XP
10/11 6/6
H. Butker 2/2 46 1/1 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Colquitt 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 47.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
25 44.8 12
D. Colquitt 4 47.5 3 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Hunt 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 28.3 42 0
A. Hunt 2 23.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Hill 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 13.0 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 12.6 82 1
T. Hill 3 13.0 32 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 6:09 9 34 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
6:20 PIT 25 5:59 14 100 TD
12:13 PIT 33 2:03 4 19 INT
8:51 PIT 1 6:39 11 93 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 PIT 17 2:32 5 24 Punt
8:13 PIT 11 4:07 8 98 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:47 PIT 4 3:33 6 44 Punt
6:13 PIT 25 2:49 5 75 TD
2:15 PIT 24 0:16 3 2 Punt
0:52 PIT 48 0:23 2 -2 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:41 KC 16 0:48 3 -8
7:49 PIT 32 1:24 3 4 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 KC 33 2:24 4 0 Punt
9:59 PIT 48 0:57 3 4 Punt
2:08 KC 25 1:40 7 -3 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 KC 25 2:20 3 9 Punt
9:52 KC 25 1:29 4 10 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:56 KC 10 3:56 11 74 Downs
9:03 KC 18 2:50 8 102 TD
3:19 KC 33 0:58 5 52 FG
1:42 KC 44 0:44 6 8 Downs