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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chiefs Fumble to 13-10 Win As Defense Stifles Pittsburgh

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- Marcus Allen's legs have carried him throughout a 16-year career. His arm carried the Kansas City Chiefs to a 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Allen threw a 14-yard second quarter touchdown pass to Danan Hughes, and the defense made it stand up, shutting down Kordell Stewart in a scoreless second half Monday night.


The Chiefs (7-2) could have and should have won by more as they remained a game behind Denver in the AFC West.


But they'll take it.


After Pittsburgh (6-3) took a 10-0 first quarter lead, Kansas City scored 13 in the second quarter -- Allen's TD pass and field goals of 35 and 44 yards by Pete Stoyanovich.


Then the Chiefs spent the second half moving up and down the field but making critical mistakes.


Allen fumbled backward after appearing to make a first down on a fourth down at the Pittsburgh 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter, and Kimble Anders fumbled away the ball as the Chiefs were driving later in the period.


But each time a defense led by Derrick Thomas, Anthony Davis and Jerome Woods shut down the Steelers. Stewart, who has had explosive second halves, was contained. Jerome Bettis, who finished with 103 yards on 17 carries and went over 1,000 yards for the season, had only 35 on seven carries after gaining 68 in the first quarter.


The game was delayed for more than 10 minutes in the third quarter after Kansas City tight end Ted Popson was injured when he was hit under the jaw by the Steelers' Donnell Woolford. The preliminary diagnosis was mild head trauma and soreness in the neck.


Elvis Grbac, the Chiefs' starting quarterback, went off in the fourth quarter with a bruise to his left shoulder.