Chiefs, Steelers tied at 10 at halftime
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Mike Wallace made a terrific catch in the corner of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown reception late in the second quarter, rallying the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 10-10 halftime tie with the Kansas City Chiefs at chilly, rainy Heinz Field on Monday night.
Ben Roethlisberger threw a fade route to the right side for Wallace, who pulled the ball in with one hand and secured it between his legs as he rolled toward the out-of-bounds line. The touchdown call withstood a video review.
Upset-minded Kansas City (1-7) began the day with a five-game losing streak and had not held a lead in regulation yet this season. But the Chiefs went up 10-0 in this one on Jamaal Charles' 12-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter and Ryan Succop's 22-yard field goal 40 seconds into the second quarter.
Kansas City's second score was set up by a fumble by Isaac Redman.
Shaun Suisham kicked a 35-yard field goal five minutes later to open the scoring for the Steelers (5-3), who carried a three-game winning streak into the game.
Led by Charles' 14 carries for 65 yards, the Chiefs held a 154-142 advantage in total yards at halftime. Matt Cassel, in for the injured Brady Quinn (concussion), was 5 for 9 for 78 yards at the break.
Ben Roethlisberger was 9 for 17 for 84 yards in the opening half, and Redman had 6 yards rushing on three carries for Pittsburgh.
A week after posting a career-high 147 yards rushing in a 24-20 win at the New York Giants, Redman was benched after he fumbled at the Pittsburgh 11 on the Steelers' third possession. After missing the Giants game due to a right quadriceps injury following consecutive 100-yard rushing games, Jonathan Dwyer replaced Redman and had 38 yards on eight carries at halftime.
The Steelers would move within a game of AFC North leader Baltimore with a victory Monday night. Pittsburgh hosts the Ravens (7-2) next Sunday night.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is facing Kansas City for the first time since being fired as head coach of the Chiefs late last season.
Led by Charles, Kansas City boasts the AFC's best rushing offense (149.9 yards per game) but is 15th in passing in the conference.
Cassel has thrown 11 interceptions in only 142 pass attempts this season - seven more than Roethlisberger has in more than twice as many passes.
The Chiefs have 29 turnovers - by far the most in the NFL - but had none in the first half Monday. Redman's fumble was the Steelers' ninth turnover of the season.
As it has been for the past five weeks, Pittsburgh was without All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu due to a calf injury. Also inactive for the Steelers were wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle), running back Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles) and starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).
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