The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 on a field goal less than one minute into overtime, a win that was marred by the loss of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a right shoulder injury.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 23-yard field goal for the Steelers one play after linebacker Lawrence Timmons intercepted a pass by Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel and returned it to the Chiefs’ 5-yard line. It was the fourth National Football League win in a row for the Steelers, who improved to 6-3 and won their 15th straight Monday night home game.
“It was a great win for our team, it showed that even our quarterback can go down and we can still be victorious,” Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace, who had a 7-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter, said in a televised interview. “But we’re going to need him to get back as fast as he can. He’s one of the best in the game and we need him.”
The Chiefs lost their sixth straight game to fall to 1-8, tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the NFL’s worst record.
Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles in his nine seasons, was knocked out of the game on the opening drive of the second half after being sacked and driven to the ground by Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Roethlisberger was shown leaving the stadium with his arm in a sling and ESPN said he was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after the game he didn’t know the extent of Roethlisberger’s injury.
“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals,” said Tomlin, whose team next faces the division-leading Baltimore Ravens. “I’ll wait to see what his status is like.”
Roethlisberger’s injury came a day after starting quarterbacks Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49ers suffered concussions during Week 10 games.
Byron Leftwich replaced Roethlisberger in the second half last night and completed 7-of-14 passes for 73 yards.
The Chiefs opened a 10-0 first-half advantage after failing to hold a lead in regulation play in any of their first eight games. Their lone win came on an overtime field goal.
The Steelers then scored 13 straight points, including Suisham’s 31-yard field goal with 12:37 left that gave the home team its first lead.
Ryan Succop made a 46-yard field goal for the Chiefs as time expired to force overtime after missing a 33-yard attempt in the third quarter.
On the second play of overtime, Cassel’s pass over the middle was intercepted by Timmons, setting up Suisham’s winning kick.