Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt is perfect as a passer.
Colquitt, the holder for field goals, flipped a 6-yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce on fourth and 5 from the Pittsburgh 12 in the second quarter. It was the first pass attempt in Colquitt’s 10-year career.
“It’s something we work on in training camp,” said Colquitt, who nearly threw a pass from punt formation last week against the Raiders but kicked the ball when he had no open receivers. “You never know when it’s going to be dialed up and be thrown in.
“I had a great snap, and made a little pitch, and Travis came off the corner as fast as he could and we were able to extend the drive.”
The Chiefs were unable to turn the play into a touchdown, and Cairo Santos ended up kicking a 25-yard field goal for a 6-3 lead.
The Chiefs and Steelers got into a little skirmish in the second half when KC defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson plowed over Pittsburgh guard Kelvin Beachum during an extra point.
The Steelers didn’t like it, and guard Ramon Foster came over and ripped Vickerson’s helmet off as players started pushing and shoving.
Foster was whistled for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty, and Vickerson was unapologetic about playing hard to the whistle.
“I went hard, that’s it,” Vickerson said. “They couldn’t handle the pressure. All I did was bull-rush him.”
Wilson stays hot
Rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson made his second start in three weeks and was quarterback Alex Smith’s deep target, catching five passes for 87 yards — a 17.4-yard average — all season bests.
Wilson, an undrafted free agent from Georgia State, has caught 12 passes for 209 yards in the last three games.
“I don’t think anybody in our locker room is surprised, especially on the offensive side of the ball,” Smith said. “We all saw this coming from day one. I remember this offseason being excited about him, and it’s tough as a young guy, but it was good to see him get an opportunity and make the most of it. I certainly have trust in him.”
Smith throws for career best
Smith threw for 311 yards, breaking his personal best of 310 set in 2009 against Seattle when he was with the San Francisco 49ers.
“He’s a warrior,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of Smith, who was sacked six times and ran twice for 14 yards. “He hung in there. He continued to try to make plays … I wouldn’t expect anything less. That’s why he’s the leader of this football team.”
Chiefs rookie cornerback Phillip Gaines did not play because he felt ill before the game.
Guard Zach Fulton suffered a sprained foot.