Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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QB QUARTERBACK C Ben Roethlisberger left in the third quarter with a right shoulder injury and did not return. After a slow start, he managed to bring the Steelers back from a 10-0 deficit with a 7- yard touchdown pass -- a drive that included a 14-yard scramble on third down. Byron Leftwich made his first appearance of the season and was a sporadic 7 of 17 for 73 yards. He needed a replay review to overturn what would have been a touchdown return of a fumble

RB RUNNING BACKS C After producing three consecutive 100-yard rushers for the first time in five years, the Steelers had trouble finding one back to gain consistent yards. Jonathan Dwyer returned after a one-game absence and had 56 yards on 19 carries, including 38 in the second quarter when he replaced Isaac Redman. Dwyer's 17- yard run helped set up the first touchdown. Redman did not return in the first half after his fumble at his 10 led to a Chiefs field goal and a 10-0 deficit.

WR WIDE RECEIVERS C The absence of injured Antonio Brown seemed to be significant. Mike Wallace had only two catches for 14 yards in the first half, but one was a magnificent one-handed catch for a 7- yard touchdown. Emmanuel Sanders had a big 31-yard catch-and-run on third-and-9 to keep alive a drive that led to the go-ahead field goal. Tight end Heath Miller had four catches for 47 yards early, but was largely quiet after that..

OL OFFENSIVE LINE C The running game that averaged 155 yards the past three games was nonexistent against the Chiefs. The Steelers finished with 95 yards on 29 attempts, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Nobody could block LB Derrick Johnson, especially on a failed fourth-and-1 run at midfield in the third quarter. Guard Willie Colon had the double-whammy of being penalized for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct, one play before Redman's fumble.

DL DEFENSIVE LINE B A big game by end Brett Keisel, who had both sacks on quarterback Matt Cassel and also forced a third-down incompletion. The Chiefs had little trouble creasing the defensive front and consistently gaining yards. Jamal Charles had 65 of his 89 rushing yards in the first half, when he averaged 4. …

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