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Hapless Chiefs do almost nothing right in blowout 43-14 loss to the Steelers

For much of the game, it looked like Kansas City might get shut out by the Steelers.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers embarrassed the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football with a 43-14 win in which the Chiefs struggled in every phase of the game.

For much of the night, it looked like the Steelers might shut out the Chiefs. Kansas City finally got on the board in the fourth quarter when Alex Smith hit rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill with a 10-yard touchdown pass.

The Chiefs added one more score late in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard pass from Smith to Travis Kelce, but the game was so far out of hand by then that it really didn't matter.

Kansas City had blown other red zone opportunities, with a missed field goal in driving rain just before the half. A red zone trip late in the third quarter resulted in three straight incomplete passes before the Chiefs turned it over on downs.

The Steelers, on the other hand, scored early and often. They took a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 29-0 by halftime. Pittsburgh added two more touchdowns before the Chiefs even scored, and added one more for good measure after Kansas City got on the board.

Pittsburgh was opportunistic, too, forcing and recovering a fumble and intercepting Smith, which helped keep the Chiefs from getting into a rhythm.

The Chiefs also struggled on special teams. This horrible return attempt by Knile Davis didn't help matters.

Pittsburgh was coming off of a blowout 34-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last week and rebounded nicely.

The Steelers have plenty of explosive players on the roster, and Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell had dominant performances against the Kansas City defense. Bell rushed for 144 yards, while Brown had just 64 receiving yards, but scored two touchdowns for Pittsburgh. The Chiefs' defense let Ben Roethlisberger complete 22 of 27 passes for 300 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Chiefs are now 2-2 and remain above the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West, but there wasn't much about this performance that inspires confidence in Kansas City for the rest of the season.