11-13-2012, 02:20 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers kept pace with the Baltimore Ravens and avoided an embarrassing home loss on national television to a one-win Kansas City Chiefs team when linebacker Lawrence Timmons intercepted a Matt Cassel pass on the second play of overtime, setting up a 23-field goal by Shaun Suisham to give the Steelers a 16-13 overtime win on Monday night. The Steelers win would come with a steep injury price that puts the team's playoff hopes in doubt. Kansas City opened the scoring with a four-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard touchdown run by running back Jamaal Charles. For the Chiefs, whose lone win came via the final play of overtime, it was the first time they had led a game in regulation this season. Kicker Ryan Succop would add to that lead with a 22-yard field early in the second period. Pittsburgh would even the score on their first two possessions after the Succop field, getting on the scoreboard initially when Suisham capped off an 11-play, 43-yard drive with a 35-yard field goal. Following the first of five three-and-outs on the night by the Chiefs offense, Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace hooked up for a spectacular seven-yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 10 with 3:16 to play in the second quarter. Wallace used his knees to keep the ball off the turf, securing possession before any part of his body landed out of bounds. On the opening possession of the third quarter, Roethlisberger attempted to buy himself some extra time on a 3rd-and-4 play, but was sacked by Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and landed awkwardly on his right arm. Roethlisberger immediately made his way to the locker room and would be replaced by veteran backup Byron Leftwich, who had not appeared in a regular season game since Jan. 2, 2011 when he replaced Roethlisberger after the Steelers had built up a 38-3 lead midway through the third quarter in the 2010 regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns.