In case you missed this week’s Monday Night Football game, you missed a few clutch catches by Heather Miller, a one-handed monster touchdown catch by Mike Wallace (his 30th career touchdown, and the only one for the Steelers last night), and Big Ben reaching over 1,000 yards rushing in his career.
Aside from that, the rest of the game was a myriad of 3-and-outs, fumbles, flags, injuries, and enough material to keep ESPN’s “C’mon Man!” segment alive for weeks.
Willie Colon was flagged late in the first for cursing at an official, and I thought he was going to have a DeAngelo Hall or Josh Morgan moment. The Chiefs’ kicker Ryan Succop missed a game tying 33-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Then, we lost Big Ben. It hurts to even write it, but it happened. With a “questionable” shoulder injury, Ben was taken to the hospital for an MRI. Charlie Batch was inactive.
Steeler Nation’s blood pressure skyrocketed simultaneously. Cue Byron Leftwich, and pray for a football miracle (while holding your Terrible Towel over your eyes, also).
Leftwich windmilled a couple of incomplete passes, one which was originally ruled as a fumble, as Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and returned the ball for, what he thought was a touchdown.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Kansas City Chorus Line! As several other members of the Chiefs’ defense ended up in the end zone doing some form of practiced, interpretive dance, NFL official Carl Cheffers was busy calling the play an incomplete pass, then calling a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Instead of fourth-and-7 at the 26, the Steelers had a first-and-10 at their own 41.
But what a great dance! And does anyone else find it amusing that these cocky players are celebrating a (not even) fumble from BYRON LEFTWICH? This is laughable. He’s played about 18 snaps since 2010. The Chiefs are 1-7. Well now, 1-8. Really?!
As if this circus of penalties wasn’t enough to drag this agonizing game into the late hours of the night, a 47-yard Succop field goal (a good one, this time!) sends the game into overtime.
But, football gods have mercy! 55 seconds into over time, Lawrence Timmons heroically intercepted what would be the last Matt Cassel throw of the night, bringing the Steelers to first and goal, allowing Suisham to kick the game-winning field goal.
Yes, it was messy, but I’ll take a 6-3 record and a sloppy win over having to face losing to the Chiefs after a ridiculous performance like that. But maybe that’s just me.
And if we can’t have Big Ben next week, can we at least get Charlie Batch?