Steelers

Pats’ TE vital part of offense

By Kyle Hightower The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — To step into Martellus Bennett’s world is to be in a place that is both spontaneous and full of introspection. In his first season in New England, the Patriots tight end has brought a mellow vibe and unique personality to an ...

Tomlin: Brown’s actions ‘foolish’

PITTSBURGH — The father in Mike Tomlin regrets the language he used to describe the New England Patriots during the postgame speech Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown opted to livestream on social media after a taut playoff victory over Kansas City. The coach in Tomlin has just ...

Pats play very well at home

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have had what seems like an annual spot in the AFC championship game over the past decade. But the fact that this year’s game is at home could factor into whether they are able to make a return trip to the Super Bowl. The Patriots became the ...

Teammates downplay AB’s video

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown wanted to let the world in on the party when he live streamed the giddy celebration in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room after an 18-16 playoff win over Kansas City. The All-Pro wide receiver also happened to catch ...

Reid says no-call was right call

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn’t believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been called. After watching film of the decisive play in the Steelers’ 18-16 playoff ...

Pats prepping for Big Ben

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots got a break by not having to face Ben Roethlisberger during their regular-season win over the Steelers in October. The Patriots’ coaching staff is expecting to get his best this time around with a trip to the Super Bowl at stake. The 27-16 ...

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 ...