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Chiefs vs Steelers match report; Mahomes Magic defeats Big Ben

Patrick Mahomes was sensational as the Kansas City Chiefs progressed and the curtain came down on the career of Steelers' great Ben Roethlisberger.

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Chiefs vs Steelers match report; Mahomes Magic defeats Big Ben

The Kansas City Chiefs set up a mouth-watering AFC Divisional Round matchup with the Buffalo Bills with a 42-21 blowout Wild Card round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh snuck into the playoffs as the seventh seed and, when T.J. Watt returned Mecole Hardman's fumble for a touchdown to open the scoring after a hugely impressive defensive performance in the first quarter, the Steelers would have been forgiven for thinking about a monumental upset.

Yet any such thoughts were quickly proven to be pipe dreams as the Chiefs took over, with Patrick Mahomes in blistering form as he threw for 404 yards and five touchdowns, a sole interception in the first quarter the only blemish on an otherwise sensational showing.

Farewell to Big Ben's career 

It means Mahomes will face off with Bills quarterback Josh Allen, himself fresh off a remarkable performance against the New England Patriots, in a repeat of last year's AFC Championship Game, while Ben Roethlisberger's career is likely over, the Steelers quarterback having said a tearful farewell to Heinz Field after their Week 17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Roethlisberger will call it a career with two Super Bowl titles to his name, and Mahomes appears excellently positioned to tie that tally this season after dicing up the Steelers after the first-quarter shutout.

Touchdown throws to Jerick McKinnon and Byron Pringle restored order for the Chiefs after the Steelers' strong start and Mahomes capped the first half with a 48-yard toss to Travis Kelce, the tight end rumbling into the endzone after his former MVP quarterback executed a deep pass while rolling to his right with a degree of nonchalance.

The Chiefs do it again 

A short scoring toss to offensive lineman Nick Allegretti and a 31-yard teardrop to Tyreek Hill ended any doubt over the final outcome, the final flourish coming when Kelce connected with Pringle on a two-yard trick play.

That touchdown sandwiched by two for Roethlisberger on passes to Diontae Johnson and James Washington before the seconds ticked down on a Hall of Fame career.

PASSING

PASSING
C/ATT YDS TD SACKS INT RTG
44 4.9 2 2 0 92.52

RUSHING

RUSHING
RUSH YDS TD LONG
2 -1 0 0
12 29 0 8
4 13 0 5
2 15 0 8

RECEIVING

RECEIVING
TGTS REC Y/A YDS TD
1 0 0 0 0
2 2 20 10 0
4 4 33 8.2 0
10 5 34 6.8 1
3 2 37 18.5 1
8 5 26 5.2 0
2 2 -1 -0.5 0
5 4 25 6.2 0
7 3 25 8.3 0
2 2 16 8 0

DEFENSE

DEFENSE
SOLO TFL SACKS QB HT PD INT TKL
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 0 0 0 0 0 2
5 0 0 0 0 0 5
1 0 0 0 0 0 3
3 2 1 3 1 0 3
1 0 0 0 0 0 3
0 0 0 0 2 0 2
5 1 0 0 0 0 5
1 0 0 0 1 1 1
1 1 0 0 0 0 2
0 0 0 0 0 0 2
2 0 0 0 0 0 2
1 1 0 0 0 0 2
4 0 0 0 0 0 6
6 0 0 0 0 0 6
0 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 0 0 0 0 0 6
2 1 1 1 0 0 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 0 0 0 0 0 4
1 0 0 1 0 0 1
2 1 0 1 0 0 2
2 1 1 1 0 0 2

KICKINGS

KICKINGS
FG LONG XP
0 0 3

PUNTING

PUNTING
NO TB IN 20
7 0 1

KICK RETURNS

KICK RETURNS
NO YDS TD LONG
3 66 0 29

PUNT RETURNS

PUNT RETURNS
NO YDS TD LONG
2 13 0 8

PASSING

PASSING
C/ATT YDS TD SACKS INT RTG
1 2 1 0 0 118.75
39 10.4 5 3 1 138.25

RUSHING

RUSHING
RUSH YDS TD LONG
3 29 0 23
3 3 0 5
12 61 0 15
2 6 0 6
1 4 0 4
1 3 0 3

RECEIVING

RECEIVING
TGTS REC Y/A YDS TD
7 5 108 21.6 1
5 5 57 11.4 1
1 1 1 1 1
6 6 81 13.5 1
4 4 43 10.8 0
7 5 37 7.4 2
2 0 0 0 0
1 1 3 3 0
5 4 76 19 0

DEFENSE

DEFENSE
SOLO TFL SACKS QB HT PD INT TKL
1 1 1 1 1 0 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1 0 0 0 0 0 2
2 0 0 0 0 0 5
2 0 0 0 0 0 4
2 0 0 0 0 0 3
2 0 0 0 0 0 2
6 0 0 0 0 0 8
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 0 0 0 0 0 4
2 0 0 1 0 0 2
2 0 0 0 0 0 3
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
1 1 0 0 0 0 4
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
2 0 0 0 0 0 2
1 1 1 2 0 0 1
3 0 0 0 0 0 4
6 0 0 0 0 0 8
1 0 0 0 0 0 2
1 0 0 0 0 0 1
5 0 0 0 1 0 6

KICKINGS

KICKINGS
FG LONG XP
0 0 6

PUNTING

PUNTING
NO TB IN 20
4 0 3

KICK RETURNS

KICK RETURNS
NO YDS TD LONG
2 50 0 27

PUNT RETURNS

PUNT RETURNS
NO YDS TD LONG
1 -8 0 -8
3 70 0 48
AFC NORTH W L D Streak
1 10 7 0
2 9 7 1
3 8 9 0
4 8 9 0
AFC WEST W L D Streak
1 12 5 0
2 10 7 0
3 9 8 0
4 7 10 0
AFC W L D Streak
3 11 6 0
6 10 7 0
9 9 8 0
14 4 13 0
4 10 7 0
7 9 7 1
11 8 9 0
12 8 9 0
1 12 5 0
8 9 8 0
15 4 13 0
16 3 14 0
2 12 5 0
5 10 7 0
10 9 8 0
13 7 10 0
LEAGUE W L D Streak
11 6 0
10 7 0
9 8 0
4 13 0
10 7 0
9 7 1
8 9 0
8 9 0
12 5 0
9 8 0
4 13 0
3 14 0
12 5 0
10 7 0
9 8 0
7 10 0
12 5 0
9 8 0
7 10 0
4 13 0
13 4 0
8 9 0
6 11 0
3 13 1
13 4 0
9 8 0
7 10 0
5 12 0
12 5 0
11 6 0
10 7 0
7 10 0
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