Final thoughts as Week 9 begins speeding into memory …
You might remember a 2004 game against the Atlanta Falcons when the Broncos piled up 567 yards, but still fell 41-28 as the Falcons amassed 467 yards themselves and won the turnover margin by a 3-1 count. Well, Sunday, such numbers went in the Broncos favor, as the Steelers sprinted to 499 yards — their most in a loss since 1986.
Sunday, the Steelers were doomed by the Broncos’ six takeaways — including five by the defense that came inside the Broncos 10-yard-line. Back in 1986, it was something different entirely.
That day, it was not turnovers that did in the Steelers, but special teams. Pittsburgh was only minus-1 in giveaway-takeaway ratio, but surrendered touchdowns on a blocked field goal, a blocked punt and a kickoff return. Kansas City’s Nick Lowery added a 47-yard field goal to complete a day in which the Steelers outgained the Chiefs 515 yards to 171, but still could not keep Kansas City from a win that clinched their first postseason bid in 15 years.