The Pittsburgh Steelers lost for the third time this summer, 26-20, after Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Rico Richardson on the first possession of overtime.
Despite the loss, Ben Roethlisberger played at his best, completing 13 of 19 passes for 166 yards, including a 49-yarder to Antonio Brown.
“We did some nice things,” coach Mike Tomlin said of his first-team offense. “We’re a juggling catch away from it being a very productive half offensively.”
Though, the Steelers pass protection still looks shaky as Roethlisberger was sacked twice and knocked around a few too many times, even with tackle Kelvin Beachum lined up as a blocking tight end for most of the first half.
Roethlisberger thought he had another touchdown pass of 34 yards when he connected with Emmanuel Sanders with a perfect throw. But Sanders bobbled the ball as he slid out of bounds in the end zone and it was ruled no catch.
The Steelers running game did not fare as well as their passing attack. Jonathan Dwyer ran eight times for 25 yards with three receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown, while newcomer Felix Jones carried twice for 7 yards in the first two quarters, finishing the game with eight carries for 29 yards.
“Obviously, we’re short at the running back position. Isaac Redman didn’t play today, LaRod Stephens-Howling didn’t play today and Le’Veon Bell didn’t play today.
“We had an opportunity to acquire a guy that’s a known commodity in the NFL,” said Tomlin after the game. “We got him in here at the eleventh hour. I thought he did a nice job in terms of preparing and being able to do something for us in the game. We’ll continue to get to know him.”
Note: Rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was taken to the hospital with a chest injury after being tackled following an interception in the third quarter.
The 17th overall pick in the draft laid on the turf for several moments before walking to the sideline. He sat on the bench talking to Roethlisberger before being placed on a stretcher and taken out of the stadium as a precaution.
“I did not see what happened,” said Tomlin. “They were looking at him in there, so I don’t have great detail. Obviously, he walked off under his own power but he’s being looked at right now.