Pittsburgh, KC have only met twice in postseason

The Pittsburgh Steelers have played 62 postseason games in franchise history, including 60 since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970.

But Sunday night’s game in Kansas City will be just the third time the Steelers have faced the Chiefs in the playoffs, and both previous games were held in Kansas City.

The Chiefs won the first game in 1994, but the Steelers upset the Chiefs five years ago.

The following is a quick rundown of the previous two meetings:

1993 Wild card (Jan. 8, 1994)

Kansas City 27, Pittsburgh 24, OT

KANSAS CITY — The Steelers never trailed until Nick Lowery’s 32-yard field goal 11:03 into overtime clinched the 27-24 Kansas City win.

Scoring on their first drive, Pittsburgh held a 10-point lead at halftime before the Chiefs came back with 17 second-half points, tying the Steelers at 17-17 in the fourth quarter and at 24-24 with 1:43 left in the game. The final tying touchdown was set up on a blocked punt by the Chiefs’ Keith Cash, which was returned 31 yards by Fred Jones to the Pittsburgh 9-yard line. From there, on fourth-and-goal, Joe Montana found Tim Barnett in the back of the end zone with his only touchdown pass.

The Steelers were then forced to punt again, and the Chiefs drove to the Pittsburgh 25 with an opportunity to take the lead, but Lowery’s 43-yard field goal try was wide right with 12 seconds remaining. In overtime, both teams punted on their first possession before Kansas City marched 66 yards in 11 plays to the Pittsburgh 14, setting up Lowery’s game-winner.

Neil O’Donnell threw three touchdown passes, one each to tight ends Adrian Cooper and Eric Green as well as wide receiver Ernie Mills, while completing 23-of-42 attempts for 286 yards. Despite throwing incomplete on his first seven passes, Montana completed 28 of 42 for 276 yards and was sacked four times, three by Gerald Williams.

The Steelers converted nine of 19 third-down plays with a good mix of runs and passes, and had a possession advantage of 32:08 to 27:52 in regulation, but the Chiefs held the ball for 8:13 in overtime and limited the Steelers to just 2:50.

2016 AFC Divisional (Jan. 15, 2017)

Pittsburgh 18, Kansas City 16

KANSAS CITY — Kicker Chris Boswell made an NFL single-game postseason record six field goals, and Le’Veon Bell set the team’s single postseason game rushing record, recording 170 yards, as they helped lift the Steelers to an 18-16 victory over the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Boswell’s 22-yard field goal gave Pittsburgh the early 3-0 lead. Kansas City took its only lead on QB Alex Smith’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson.Boswell made three field goals, 38 yards, 36 yards and 45 yards, to give Pittsburgh a 12-7 lead at halftime.

Boswell’s 43-yard field goal early in the third quarter increased Pittsburgh’s lead to 15-7. Cairo Santos connected on a 43-yard field goal late in the third quarter to cut the Steelers’ lead to 15-10. Boswell’s final field goal gave the Steelers an eight-point advantage, 18-10, early in the fourth quarter.

With less than three minutes remaining, the Chiefs’ Spencer Ware scored on a 1-yard run. Pittsburgh’s defense stopped the Chiefs’ two-point try. Ben Roethlisberger’s first-down completion to Antonio Brown after the two-minute warning, sealed the win for Pittsburgh.


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