Steelers

Kicking it to KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Boswell’s pinpoint right leg and Le’Veon Bell’s two dancing feet. They do call it football, after all. Indeed, Bell spent much of Sunday watching the film “Happy Feet.” “I wasn’t nervous about the game,” Bell said. “I don’t watch ESPN or NFL ...

Winning at Patriots will be much tougher

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are headed to Foxborough this Sunday, but that trip to Kansas City was awfully bumpy. The Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game. That’s Tom Brady against Big Ben, and another confrontation with the ...

Chiefs look for revenge vs. Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs’ meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season “a bunch of times” this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong. As if he hasn’t relived it enough in his nightmares. Ben Roethlisberger ...

Ice storm forces time change for Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Chiefs on Sunday has been moved from an early afternoon kickoff to primetime because of an ice storm due to hit the Kansas City area this weekend. The game was originally scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m. It will ...

Tomlin declines comment on Porter reinstatement

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter was back at work with the team on Friday and will travel to Sunday’s playoff game in Kansas City after prosecutors dropped all but two minor charges stemming from an altercation outside a Pittsburgh ...

After KC exit, Haley at ease with Steelers’ job

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Todd Haley will pull out the video during the occasional meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers as a gag yeah, but also to prove a point. The screen flickers and there the Steelers offensive coordinator is nearly a decade ...

Chiefs need to construct play for Bell

By Dave Skretta The Associated Pres KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prevailing wisdom says the easiest way to hold a star running back in check in the NFL is to simply keep him from getting started. That doesn’t really work against Le’Veon Bell. He willingly stops. Or at least hesitates. Then, ...

District attorney drops all but two charges against Porter

PITTSBURGH — All but the two least serious charges will be dropped against Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter stemming from an alleged altercation outside a bar hours after the team’s Sunday playoff win against the Miami Dolphins, a prosecutor announced Thursday. District ...

KC knows key to game is QB pressure

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs have been cautiously nursing the surgically repaired left knee of star pass rusher Justin Houston back to health. He should be ready just in time to face Pittsburgh on Sunday. To which Steelers quarterback Ben ...

Steelers are looking to minimize mistakes

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin didn’t mention any names. Then again, he didn’t really have to. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey are the only two players on the Pittsburgh Steelers who put their fingers around the laces on every offensive ...

Bullish Steelers going heavy during streak

PITTSBURGH — Offensive lineman nirvana arrived for the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the first quarter on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Ten snaps. All handoffs from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Le’Veon Bell. Each one of them chewing up clock, yardage and whatever mettle ...

Decisions by Steelers coaches spoil big day

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers were having a fine day Sunday. That was right up until the time their franchise quarterback started clomping around in a walking boot, just hours before one of their assistant coaches wound up in police custody. Talk about quickly changing the narrative after an ...

KC’s Smith different for playoffs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two distinctly different versions of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith have emerged over the years. Regular-Season Alex and Playoff Alex. The regular-season version may be the most boring player you will ever meet. He rarely says anything inflammatory. He is exceedingly ...

Big Ben’s foot not a distraction

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH— A day later, the way the Pittsburgh Steelers manhandled the Miami Dolphins for long stretches during their lopsided wild-card win on Sunday felt just as good as it did the first time around. “It was a pretty thing to watch,” right ...

Big Ben says he’ll play despite injury to ankle in win over Dolphins

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell spent the last two Januarys watching helplessly while the Pittsburgh Steelers tried to make a deep postseason run without him. The ever fluid running back made up for lost time Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. So did Ben ...

When it’s all said and done, Steelers do what is expected of them

Commentary PITTSBURGH — You know all those so-called experts who said the Steelers would have no problem with the Miami Dolphins? They were right. The Steelers scored early and often Sunday to beat the Dolphins 30-12 before 62,726 delighted fan-sicles at the walk-in freezer labeled ...

Chiefs getting another shot at Pittsburgh

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — The NFL has trimmed the playoff field to eight teams, and two of them are the Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll meet in Kansas City this Sunday with the winner to advance to the AFC Championship game against Saturday’s Houston-New ...

Dolphins rattled by Pittsburgh’s ‘D’

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Moore slowly sat up and took a moment to gather himself after a hit by Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree to the chin of the Dolphins quarterback sent Moore flying onto the frigid Heinz Field turf. Teeth? Check. Wits? Check. Any ...

GM made few mistakes in building KC

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A year ago, in the days after the Chiefs were eliminated from the postseason by the New England Patriots, general manager John Dorsey was faced with a series of decisions that would shape whether Kansas City would be a contender the ...

Pack figures out Giants’ ‘D’

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers, master of the Hail Mary pass, struck again in another big moment. Rodgers overcame a sluggish start and finished with four touchdown passes, including a momentum-swinging 42-yard heave to Randall Cobb at the end of the second quarter, ...