They also spent the afternoon with their paws on Smith, holding the NFL's top-rated passer to 246 yards and a TD.
All that was missing was the outcome. But there it was, the cratering of an offense that looked so powerful through Kansas City's first five games, taking the NFL's last remaining team down with it.
"Every defense we have, everybody has a gap regardless of whether they pull that way or pull this way", Johnson said. "We felt like we had a couple of plays that we felt real good about and we called one of them".
Antonio Brown made an acrobatic one-handed touchdown catch in the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Kansas City Chiefs, winning 19-13 on Sunday.
The talented Steelers come to Arrowhead Stadium looking to end Kansas City's win streak. "These guys have gotten the last three", Smith said. "Tough to put into words. But at the time I felt pretty strongly that we would complete it".
Despite their poor performance, the Chiefs were still in the game late.
The Chiefs kept battling, however, mounting another drive that ended in a field goal to cut the deficit to 19-13.
The Kansas City Chiefs didn't need any measuring-stick games after a slew of impressive wins to open the season.
But in the end a first-half sinkhole proved too deep to climb from, and any hope of having an undefeated team in 2017 died when ageless Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison sacked Smith for an eight-yard loss on third down with just over a minute left.
"We're a different team now as well", Smith added, "so you relish the opportunity a little bit, the chance". "That much time, a timeout, that field position". "We had an opportunity to get down there and potentially score. That's how we got back in the game", said Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who will no doubt be questioned for going for it on fourth-and-2 at the Steelers 4 early in the fourth quarter, rather than kicking a field goal to get within 12-6.
"I didn't think he had it", Reid said of Harris and a touchdown. "I thought that was the right thing".
There was no way the league's highest-scoring offense, a Chiefs unit that came into Week 6 averaging 32.8 points per game, could be held to six yards after two quarters.
He made up for that by earning 89 yards receiving, his second-best receiving game of the season.
Facing second and 12 at their own 18, Smith found Hunt over the middle for 19 yards -- only the fourth first down of the game for the Chiefs. "They came out, had a good game". As of halftime he has seven yards on four carries. Twice in this calendar year the Steelers have gone into Kansas City and won, riding Bell the whole way.
"Y'all keep worrying about previous year", Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters said. "They're a good team and they're competitors, so we expected them to do that". What's in the past don't matter no more.
Saints 52, Lions 38: Running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara combined for 237 yards from scrimmage, New Orleans' resurgent defense forced five turnovers and scored a franchise-record three times in a big victory over Detroit. The Chiefs were already short on wide receivers with Chris Conley on injured reserve because of a ruptured Achilles tendon and Albert Wilson out with a knee injury.
Steelers: Return home to face Cincinnati on Sunday. They have little time to lick their wounds, however, as they head to Oakland, 2-4, for a showdown on Thursday night.
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