Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Too Much Works against Chiefs to Manufacture Rally against Steelers

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Too Much Works against Chiefs to Manufacture Rally against Steelers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Put Le'Veon Bell in front of Kansas City defenders.

Put James Harrison in front of a blocker on a significant bull rush.

Put a key fourth-quarter decision in front of Andy Reid.

All that happened Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium, and it was like spraying champagne at the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

No team remains undefeated in the NFL in 2017.

The Chiefs were the last left standing, but fell 19-13 to an AFC rival that still has their number, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Our O-line did a great job, we came in with a good game plan and we executed that game plan,'' Bell said. "They got me into that second level and allowed me to make some plays.''

As usual.

After beating the Chiefs in Arrowhead during the divisional round of the AFC playoffs last year behind 170 yards on 30 carries from Bell, the Steelers running back nearly duplicated that performance with 179 yards on 32 attempts.

Harrison, meanwhile, helped end one last-ditch opportunity for the Chiefs to rally with a sack inside the final minute.

And Reid? Given a chance to factor variables into the kind of fuzzy math only he seems to understand, the Chiefs came up empty from the Pittsburgh 4 early in the fourth quarter on a drive KC started from its own 10.

Facing fourth-and-goal, the KC coach elected to throw into the end zone rather than settle for an easy field goal to pull within six.

Tight end Demetrius Harris had the ball swiped by Steelers safety Sean Davis, though it seemed prudent for Reid to ask for a review. He did not do that, either.

"I didn't think he had it,'' Reid said. "He didn't have complete control of it.''

By going for the TD, Reid did not seem to have a full grasp of the situation either.

"There was a little over 12 minutes, almost 13 minutes, left to go and we hadn't done much throughout the afternoon,'' Reid said. "We had an opportunity to get down there and potentially score, and we felt like we had a couple plays that we felt real good about and we called on them and that didn't work out.

"So hindsight ends up being that you wish you'd have kicked it, but at the time I felt pretty strong that we would complete it.''

Against a team as powerful as Pittsburgh, which controlled the ball for 36-plus minutes and was capable of trading long fourth-quarter touchdown strikes, the decision not to accept three points was costly. …

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