National Football League pushes back Steelers-Chiefs to Sunday night, cites forecast

National Football League pushes back Steelers-Chiefs to Sunday night, cites forecast

The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:20 Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

The Steelers (12-5) made quick work of the Miami Dolphins with a 30-12 win Sunday in a wild card game. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns while running back Le'Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards.

Although snowstorms in the past have prompted the league to change the site and days of regular-season games - the Minnesota Vikings had three games affected in 2010 alone - the NFL says it believes this is the first time a post-season game has been shifted since 1932. They should offer more resistance this time around.

Unlike the Patriots and the Texans, the Steelers and Chiefs matchup is a lot harder to predict.

"We are focussed, we know we are going into a hostile environment against the No 2 seed so we will have our hands full but we are ready for war", he added. "We learned a lot from that game and we were able to take the next step". The team traveling is already out of their routines so a change in game time won't change their routine up that much.

The Kansas City Chiefs desperately want to be a part of that group of "elite". The Chiefs had an up and down season with head scratching losses at home to Tampa and Tennessee, but have also showcased the defense and big play ability to beat anyone.

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Head groundskeeper Travis Hogan told the website the center of the field has been re-sodded and the thickness of the sod will allow the turf to withstand the rigors of an National Football League playoff game. What that should tell you is that, as long as Pittsburgh can protect the football, yards and points should be there for the taking. The Chiefs are 0-4 at Arrowhead since and 1-9 in their past 10 playoff games.

Smith was Smith that day, a good but common quarterback with a common last name who has had difficulty distinguishing himself.

Kansas City was 20th in total yards (343 per game), 15th in rushing (109.2 yards) and 11th in fewest sacks (32). We have to make sure we block and tackle and do the things you have to do at this time of the year.

Roethlisberger said the Steelers looked at film from the initial meeting with the Chiefs, but the more usable stuff is from recent weeks. It's the offense and defense working in unison to achieve victory, and it's something the Steelers have done exceptionally well since the middle of November, when their eight-game winning streak started. They joined Bud Dupree (2015) and Stephon Tuitt (2014) as the lone Steelers rookies to start on defense since 1998.

On the defensive, the Steelers have played a bend but don't break style of defense. Most of these teams are different than they were in the beginning of the season. In three playoff games with the Chiefs, Smith has thrown six touchdowns with one pick. Ben Roethlisberger has never had a problem getting the ball to practice squad guys, and he shouldn't have a problem in weather that he's used to. Therefore, a timely interception or two by Kansas City's ball-hawking secondary led by safety Eric Berry and corner Marcus Peters could spell doom for the black and gold visitors.

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