Big Ben banged up as Steelers edge out Chiefs
(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to rely on their defense to eke out a hard-fought 16-13 overtime victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday after the home team lost talismanic quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through injury.
In a rain-soaked war of attrition in which Kansas City forced overtime with a late fourth-quarter drive, Pittsburgh ended the Chiefs' resistance soon after when a Lawrence Timmons interception set up Shaun Suisham's 23-yard winning field goal.
The Steelers (6-3) needed just 51 seconds of the extra session to seal a fourth straight victory that kept them one game behind the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens.
"We're a team, we're going to back each other up," Timmons told reporters. "We had each other's back, and we got the win."
Pittsburgh were expected to easily see off the struggling Chiefs (1-8) but the game did not follow the script and the home team battled to overcome a 10-0 deficit and a Roethlisberger shoulder injury that ended his game in the third quarter.
Roethlisberger tossed a first-half touchdown to Mike Wallace to tie the game at 10-10 at halftime but his duties were turned over to back-up Byron Leftwich after taking a big hit on the opening drive of the second half.
Roethlisberger left the stadium with his arm in a sling, and will undergo further tests with his team mates fearing he could miss future games.
"I asked him if he was alright. He didn't say anything, he just ran to the locker room," said Pittsburgh offensive lineman Maurkice Pouncey.
"Hopefully, everything pulls through. We need him." Continued...