Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown were once a trio called the Killer B’s. Now, that trio has expanded to include a fourth player: Chris Boswell.
Boswell was the Steelers’ man- and lone scorer- against the Kansas City Chiefs. He converted all six of his field goal attempts to give the Steelers the 18-16 victory over the Chiefs. Boswell’s field goals came from 22, 38, 36, 45, 43 and another 43 yards out.
Boswell’s six field goals were an NFL record for most field goals scored in a postseason game. The original record was five field goals.
Boswell didn’t get there on his own, though. Roethlisberger marched the Steelers down the field, throwing 20/31 completed passes for 224 yards. However, Roethlisberger struggled to find receivers in the end zone, and even threw a red zone interception to Eric Berry in the first half.
Le’Veon Bell helped in marching down the field too. Bell rushed 30 times for 170 yards. He broke his own franchise record of most yards rushed by a Steelers running back in the postseason. He originally set the record last week, and broke it a week later.
“He’s the best in the league at what he does, there’s no denying him,” offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert said. “When we get on a roll he’s unstoppable. As long as we do our job up front and (quarterback) Ben (Roethlisberger) puts us in great positions, we’ll get the job done.”
“I think I’m a lot more confident,” Bell said. “I think our team’s confident. We feel like we can beat anybody right now. Obviously, it’s going to be a great challenge. When they came to our house they beat us. We have a little chip on our shoulders. We feel like we owe those guys one. We have to go out there and play our ‘A’ game, probably even better than our ‘A’ game, to beat those guys.”
In the air, Brown was Big Ben’s favorite target, hauling in six catches for 108 yards. Jesse James stepped up his game, catching five passes for 83 yards. Eli Rogers tied him in receptions with five, but managed to gain only 27 yards.
On defense James Harrison and Ryan Shazier shined. Shazier recorded an interception off Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith. Meanwhile, Harrison earned the Steelers’ lone sack on Smith, and led the team in tackles with five solo tackles and one assisted tackle, tying with cornerback Ross Cockrell.
The Steelers defense was able to shut down the Chiefs run game, holding Spencer Ware to 35 yards on eight carries and Tyreek Hill to 18 yards on three carries. However, Ware did record a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Steelers were lucky, as a holding call ruined the two-point conversion for Kansas City.
The Steelers now will travel up north to face the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Sunday, January 22, on CBS, with kick off is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Rookie safety Sean Davis called the game “big time.”
“It’s big-time ball but I feel like I’m growing, playing my role, trying to make the plays when they come to me,” Davis said. “I’m not afraid of NFL playoff ball. I feel like I stepped up. I have to continue to do that.”
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