goes to: ILB Lawrence Timmons
It might have been the best game of the season for Timmons, even before his interception and 23-yard return in overtime that set up the winning field goal. Timmons had seven tackles, one quarterback hurry and two passes defended. But he saved the Steelers from another embarrassing defeat when he picked off a Matt Cassel pass on the second play of overtime and returned it 23 yards to the Chiefs 5. "We knew it was huge because our quarterback went out and we knew it would be on the defense," Timmons said.
A quick look at the top performances from Monday's game:
1. DEJA VU: It looked as if the Steelers might be on the wrong end of another debatable call when quarterback Byron Leftwich tried to stop his throwing motion and had a fumble returned 21 yards for a touchdown by outside linebacker Justin Houston -- a play similar to the one last week by Ben Roethlisberger against the New York Giants. The touchdown would have given the Chiefs a 17-10 lead. But the officials reversed the call after a replay review, saying Leftwich's arm came forward, making it an incomplete pass.
2. BOWE THROW: Facing fourth-and-15 with 22 seconds remaining, Matt Cassel hit wide receiver Dwayne Bowe over the middle for a 27-yard gain to the Steelers 28. After a quick spike, Ryan Succop kicked a 46-yard FG with no time remaining to force overtime.
3. GOOD BREAK II: The Chiefs had two touchdowns taken away, the first when Bowe scored on a 22-yard catch and run on the first possession of the third to make it 17-10. But the play was negated by a penalty, a call that proved large when Succop missed a 33-yard field goal.
4. BEARDED WONDER: Defensive end Brett Keisel did something the Steelers rarely get from their defensive linemen -- disruptive plays. He had both sacks on Matt Cassel, four quarterback hurries and was second on the team with eight tackles.
5. MOMENTUS OCCASION: When RB Jamaal Charles scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter to give Kansas City a 7-0 lead, it marked the first time in nine games the Chiefs held a lead at any point in regulation.
"We won't apologize for it. Such is life in the NFL. The guys made the necessary plays to get out of the stadium with a win. Big-time kudos to all the players who made the necessary plays, particularly Lawrence Timmons."
-- Mike Tomlin, Steelers coach, on the win
1,002 That's the number of career rushing yards by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who reached that total with a 14-yard scramble in the second quarter that set up his tying 7-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace. Kordell Stewart holds the team record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 2,561.
Receiver Mike Wallace made one of the great catches of the year on his 7-yard touchdown that tied the score, 10-10. Wallace used his right hand to pull in Roethlisberger's soft pass in the right corner of the end zone, then used both knees to squeeze the ball when it slipped from his hand. Wallace rolled over possessing the ball and a review upheld the call. "I just tried to make a play on it," said Wallace. "I got lucky."
The Steelers came into the game with the league's No. 1 pass defense after holding Andy Dalton, Robert Griffin III and Eli Manning to a combined 402 yards in the previous three games. And they were doing much the same to Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who had only seven completions for 92 yards late in the fourth quarter. But Cassel came to life on the final possession, completing four passes for 62 yards to set up a 46-yard field goal with no time remaining to force overtime. "We didn't do enough to play good football," coach Mike Tomlin said. "We did do enough to win."
@ BALTIMORE RAVENS, 8:20 P.M. SUNDAY: The Steelers (6-3) play the Baltimore Ravens (7-2) at 8:20 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field, the first of two games in three weeks against Baltimore. The Steelers have won seven of the 12 meetings under Tomlin.