Six unanswered touchdowns turned a tight game into a rout
In a game that evoked memories of their 2018 Super Bowl run, the Chiefs endured a slow start before scoring an avalanche of points during Sunday night’s 42-21 win over the Steelers in the AFC wild card round.
Kansas City punted three times and committed two turnovers on its first five possessions. The Chiefs fell behind 7-0 when T.J. Watt returned Darrel Williams’ fumble 26 yards for a score. The score awakened the previously slumbering Chiefs, who proceeded to score touchdowns on six consecutive possessions. Five touchdowns came from the right arm of Patrick Mahomes, who threw for over 400 yards to send the Chiefs to the divisional round. It was a tough final game for Pittsburgh and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who once again showcased his resiliency by leading the Steelers on two late scoring drives.
The Chiefs took a 21-7 halftime lead on Mahomes’ 48-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, who tied an NFL record by reaching 100 receiving yards in four consecutive playoff games. Kansas City’s offense essentially ended the game with two quick touchdowns to start the second half. The Steelers’ offense finally woke up after that, but it was too little too late