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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tomczak Picks Apart Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- If Neil O'Donnell got $25 million, what's Mike Tomczak worth?


The 33-year-old career backup who replaced O'Donnell threw for 338 yards Monday night to lead the Steelers to a 17-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.


It was Pittsburgh's fourth straight win since an opening-day loss in Jacksonville and the first loss for the Chiefs in their last 12 regular-season games at Arrowhead Stadium dating to Dec. 4, 1994. It was also their second straight loss after starting the season with four wins and left them a game behind Denver in the AFC West.


So while O'Donnell sits with a separated right shoulder for the 0-6 Jets, where he went after leading the Steelers to the Super Bowl last year, Tomczak, who was 20-of-30 Monday night, excels after 11 years in and out of lineups in Chicago, Green Bay, Cleveland and now Pittsburgh.


He had lots of help Monday night.


Jerome Bettis, gained 103 yards on 27 carries, his fourth straight 100-yard game. It included Pittsburgh's only touchdown, a 6-yard run with 2:41 left in the third quarter.


Charles Johnson caught six passes for 125 yards and the Pittsburgh defense limited Kansas City to only one trip inside its 20 -- the second-quarter drive on which Marcus Allen's 6-yard TD run gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.


For a long time, it looked like that would hold up.


Pittsburgh got inside the Chiefs' 5-yard-line three times in the first 42 minutes and came out with just six points -- field goals of 21 and 32 yards by Norm Johnson. A third field goal attempt early in the third quarter was blocked by Kansas City's Derrick Thomas. Johnson capped the scoring with a 43-yard field goal with 1:10 to play.


The blocked field goal didn't give the Chiefs the lift they should have received.


Starting at their own 14 on their next possession, the Steelers took just eight plays to score, the biggest was a 45-yard pass from Tomczak to Johnson. Tomczak also had a 12-yard completion to Andre Hastings that put the ball at the 5. One play later, Bettis bulled in for the score and then Tomczak hit Mark Bruener for the 2-point conversion that made it 14-7.