3 things we learned from Steelers Wild Card loss to the Kansas City Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7). Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in a Wild Card game that could prove to be the end of an era. Here’s what we learned.

I don’t know about you but I expected to see a more balanced and more competitive game out of the Steelers.  It was just that for a little over a quarter of football, but then the ‘wheels fell off of the wagon’ for us.

The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious in a game that appeared to be playing out exactly how the Steelers would have wanted it to play out.  According to ESPN, eight of the first nine possessions resulted in punts by both teams.

This was looking like our kind of game, a tough, physical game in which not a lot of points were to be scored; however, looks are deceiving.  Let’s see what we learned from the loss to the Chiefs.

The Steelers offense let Ben Roethlisberger down yet again

To say that Ben Roethlisberger deserved better in what was most likely the final game of his career is an understatement of epic proportions.  We managed to gain a whopping two-hundred and fifty-seven yards of offense while the opposing QB threw for a net of three-hundred and seventy-two yards.

Think about that for a minute or two, the opposing QB had more yards passing than we had in total yards.  How does that happen?  This is the playoffs.  You have to let your franchise and future Hall of Fame QB ‘go out with a bang’ if that is his fate.

Instead, the offense managed to score exactly zero points in the first half and would score only fourteen points for the rest of the game.  That is atrocious, but it has been that way all season.  If Matt Canada is still the offensive coordinator for the 2022 season, it would be tantamount to corporate malfeasance.

Let’s see what else we learned.