The Pittsburgh Steelers notched their tenth win of the season along with a spot in the playoffs Sunday by beating the Kansas City Chiefs 20-12 at Heinz Field. Here is just a little sampling of some winners and losers for you to discuss. Feel free to add your own in the comments below that you think I missed.
James Harrison – Harrison owned Chiefs tackle Eric Fisher Sunday. After missing two games with a knee injury, the veteran recorded 1.5 sacks and several other pressures. Harrison looked well-rested and played quite a few snaps in his return from injury.
Cameron Heyward – Heyward was all over the place Sunday and like Harrison he recorded 1.5 sacks in the game. He was constantly providing pressure and was part of a Steelers front seven that only allowed 39 yards rushing.
Ben Roethlisberger – While Roethlisberger only threw one touchdown in the game, it came during a key drive. He completed 18-of-25 passes for 220 yards and was only sacked once while not turning the football over.
Heath Miller – While Miller did have a rare drop in the end zone Sunday, he did catch seven passes for 68 yards. One big catch came with 5:13 left in the game on third down. It kept the clock moving and the drive ended in a field goal.
Lawrence Timmons – Timmons led the team in tackles with 11 and he and Harrison combined on a key fourth down stop of Chiefs running back inside the red zone just before the end of the first half.
Ryan Shazier – In the few snaps that he played, Shazier was very infective against both the run and the pass.
William Gay – It’s probably not fair, but we will put Gay on this side of the ledger due to a few missed tackles and his taunting penalty. Was the penalty fair? Probably not, but it was a huge play in the game and it came after it looked like the Steelers were going to get off of the field following a third down stop.