Alex Smith passed for 311 yards Sunday but the Chiefs couldn't get the ball into the end zone in a 20-12 loss to the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Kansas City still could make the playoffs, but only if the Ravens and the Bengals lose their games.
Follow along on your mobile device or desktop for stats and updates from Sunday’s Chiefs-Steelers game by Terez A. Paylor, The Star’s Chiefs beat writer, and other Star sportswriters and columnists. Kickoff is noon. The game is in Pittsburgh and is televised on CBS.
The similarities between former Chiefs offensive lineman John Alt and last year’s top overall draft pick Eric Fisher are striking. Two tall, athletic, raw prospects taken in the first round. Both relatively new to the position. Both with a lot of learning to do, and even more potential.
Exactly 28 years ago Sunday at old Three Rivers Stadium, the Chiefs turned in one of the most remarkable performances in franchise history, scoring three touchdowns on special teams for a 24-19 win over the Steelers that clinched the franchise’s first playoff appearance in 15 years. The circumstances are strikingly similar this weekend.
On Oct. 26, Chiefs cornerback Jamell Fleming was making his second consecutive start when he injured his hamstring and missed six games. He says it’s good to go now, and it showed Sunday when he had eight tackles and two pass deflections against the Raiders.
Tens of thousands of local kids go without enough food on weekends. The Star is partnering with Harvesters to raise money for the area’s hungriest children. All money goes to Harvesters’ BackSnack program, which provides low-income children weekend meals. Just $25 provides a child BackSnacks for a month; $250 provides BackSnacks for a year. Everyone who donates before Christmas Eve will be entered in a drawing for a football autographed by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
The Chiefs need two wins in their final two games, starting Sunday at Pittsburgh (noon on CBS), to ensure a playoff berth for the second straight season. So there was lots to talk about with Terez A. Paylor, who covers the Chiefs for The Star and answered your questions Friday in a Q&A. Check out a replay here.
Some question Alex Smith’s ability to throw downfield. The criticism isn’t unwarranted, but know this: The Chiefs’ starting quarterback is operating squarely within the framework that his head coach expects of him.