Chiefs-Steelers final score: KC picks up first preseason win with 26-20 OT victory over Pittsburgh

Justin K. Aller

The KC Chiefs prevailed in overtime over the Steelers in the third preseason game, 26-20. Chase Daniel found Rico Richardson for a 15-yard TD in the extra period, moving KC's preseason record to 1-2. More reading: Chiefs-Steelers full coverage | Chiefs-Steelers stats |Chiefs roster | Chiefs preseason schedule

The highlights

Alex Smith completed 17-of-24 passes for one TD. He played the first half and led two scoring drives in the final two drives of the first half, including a 72-yard drive in just one minute. He went 6-of-7 in that drive.

Dwayne Bowe caught six balls for 73 yards and Donnie Avery caught six for 54 yards. Receivers are back.

Ben Roethlisberger looked sharp against the Chiefs defense completing 13-of-19 passes for 166 yards.

Knile Davis had a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Chase Daniel hit Rico Richardson for the 15-yard game winning TD.

Neither Tyler Bray nor Ricky Stanzi played.

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With Dexter McCluster and Quintin Demps out of the game, Devon Wylie gets the first shot at kick returner. And promptly fumbles it. However, replays showed his elbow was down before the Steeler knocked it out, reversing the initial fumble ruling.

1st offensive drive

We have a reception by a wide receiver: Alex Smith found Donnie Avery for a first down on the second play from scrimmage. On the next play, Smith found Avery for nine yards. Jamaal picked up the first down with an 11-yard run on the following play.

Alert: Dwayne Bowe's first catch of the preseason. A quick in for six yards.

3rd-and-7: Alex Smith sacked. He was in shotgun and the receivers were well-covered. The pocket collapsed on him.

Result: Punt

1st defensive drive

On the first drive last week the Chiefs allowed a 52-yard run by Frank Gore. This week it was a 49-yard bomb from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown on the first drive.

Brandon Flowers made an excellent open field tackle on the running back. Tyson Jackson either blew that play or he was held.

The drive ends in a field goal. Steelers lead, 3-0.

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2nd offensive drive

Chiefs lined up in the pistol. Alex had a back to his right and a back behind him.

Donnie Avery with his third reception

Chiefs go for it on fourth down: Failed. Pittsburgh's defense holds on. Chiefs give it up on their own 22-yard line.

2nd defensive drive

Two straight incompletions to start the drive, which starts on Chiefs own 22-yard line.

3rd-and-10: Classic Big Ben to keep the play alive for an 11-yard gain.

Next play: Big Ben escapes Tamba Hali, finds Jonathan Dwyer for a touchdown. 10-0 Steelers.

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3rd offensive drive

An incomplete pass (overthrown by Alex) and a short run by Jamaal Charles bring up a quick third down.

3rd-and-10: Three-yard pass to Anthony Fasano goes out of bounds. Chiefs punt it back.

3rd defensive drive

Big Ben completes a 25-yard pass ... but a chop block brings it back 15 yards. Chiefs got lucky.

Chiefs force the punt.

4th offensive drive

Alex finds D-Bowe for 30 yards. His second catch of the preseason. Alex was rolling to his right and found Bowe, who put a move on the defender and added some YAC.

Donnie Avery got open down the field on a deep curl but Alex's pass was just a bit too high. Incomplete.

3rd-and-15: Alex steps up in the pocket and finds Junior Hemingway for the first down. Hemingway bobbled the ball after hauling it in but held on. Chiefs were 0-for-3 on third downs before this.

Chiefs eventually have to punt it back.

4th defensive drive

Steelers starting from their own 20-yard line.

Brandon Flowers makes an outstanding play to knock the ball away from Emmanuel Sanders, who almost caught a beautiful pass from Ben.

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5th offensive drive

Chiefs start at midfield. On the first play, Alex avoids the sack and takes off running for 38 yards. There was also a late hit from the Steelers, tacking onto the play.

5th defensive drive

There's that attacking D! Eric Berry and Tysyn Hartman combine for the sack.

Chiefs force the punt

6th offensive drive

Chiefs get it back on their own 28-yard line with 1:18. Two minute drill.

Alex Smith was drilled by Troy Polamalu -- roughing the passer for a hit to the head. He also completes the pass to D-Bowe for another first down.

Alex finds Junior Hemingway just past the goal line for the touchdown. 10-10 in Pittsburgh.

Alex completes 6-of-7 passes for 72 yards in one minute on the drive.

This was one of the best drives of the preseason, if not the best.

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Justin Houston picks up a sack on the Steelers first drive of the second half.

Chase Daniel relieves Alex Smith after halftime.

Knile Davis fumbled. That was a concern heading in.

Bruce Gradkowski lofted the ball over Neiko Thorpe and Quintin Demps Tysyn Hartman for a 38-yard touchdown pass.

Chase Daniel had a nice scramble for the first down.

The Steelers rolled off a 13-play drive that netted a field goal, giving them the lead, 20-17, early in the fourth quarter.

Jarvis Jones picked off a Chase Daniel pass that bounced off Devon Wylie. The pick was called back with a pass interference call.

Chiefs went for it on a 4th-and-2. Chase's pass to Junior Hemingway was in complete.

Shaun Draughn had a nice screen pass that went for 14 yards. Chase was patient setting up the screen.

Ryan Succop kicked a 38-yard field goal with 3:19 remaining to tie the game.

Chase was sacked on three consecutive plays when the Chiefs had the ball with 59 seconds left.

Chase Daniel played the entire second half.


I refuse to recap the overtime, but Chase Daniel hit Rico Richardson for a 15-yard TD to end it.

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Reaction to the best play

Knile Davis 109-yard kick return TD.


Did not dress: Travis Kelce, Sanders Commings, Dexter McCluster, Quintin Demp

Jon Asamoah left with a calf strain. Geoff Schwartz replaced him.

Steelers LB Jarvis Jones was hurt on a play where he intercepted a pass (later called back for pass interference).

Jalil Brown went down with an injury. It was just a cramp.

Other notes

Trent Green said Donnie Avery and Alex Smith had a few packages together before the Jon Baldwin trade that resulted in Avery's elevation to starter.

Eric Berry calls playing in the box "playing in the paint".

Alex Smith said during the broadcast that defenses have been giving Bowe a lot of attention.

Alex also said that this is the first game that the Chiefs game-planned a little bit.

Chiefs president Mark Donovan said on the broadcast that Arrowhead will have Wifi by Week 1. There is also something being installed that will help with making texts and calls.

Chiefs GM John Dorsey talked about cut day on the broadcast. He said he will round up the players to tell them they are cut, and then the position coaches will talk to them.

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