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Chiefs surprise Steelers in OT

THE Pittsburgh Steelers, last season's Super Bowl champions, were shocked 24-27 in overtime by the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Ryan Succop kicked the game-winning 22-yard field goal with 8:28 left in overtime.

"They are the Super Bowl champions and they are an organization to be and try and get to," said Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassell, who set up the winning field goal with a 61-yard completion to Chris Chambers.

"To come out here and get a big win is huge, for not only this team going forward, but also this organization."

Kansas City's defense forced three turnovers, including two interceptions by linebacker Andy Studebaker.

"I take responsibility for that performance," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters. "I have to have this football team better prepared to play.

"Ultimately we have to play better than what we played in that stadium. We are capable of much more than that. You have to tip your hat to the Chiefs because they played well enough to win. But that's not what we're capable of. That's not us, and it won't be us. But it was us today."

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 32 of 42 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns, but was removed from the game in overtime after taking a knee to the head.

Pittsburgh (6-4) remained a game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North after the Bengals were stunned by the Oakland Raiders 20-17. Kansas City improved to 3-7.

Tomlin said he would "accept responsibility" for the loss to the Chiefs.

"We were highly penalized, we turned the ball over in the red area, we gave up big plays, we gave up a kick return," he said. "When you do those things, regardless of time of possession, yards, whatever, you open yourself up to defeat and that's what happened in that football game."

In Baltimore, the undefeated Indianapolis Colts found yet another way to win a close game, beating the Baltimore Ravens 17-15 to secure their 19th straight victory.

The win, secured on former Ravens kicker Matt Stover's go-ahead field goal, gave Indianapolis the second-longest streak in NFL history behind a 21-game run by the New England Patriots in 2006-08.

Much to the dismay of the Ravens and their fans, Stover booted the decisive field goal with 7:02 left as the Colts improved to 10 consecutive wins this season.

Colts linebacker Gary Brackett then intercepted Joe Flacco's pass at the Indianapolis 13 with 2:42 remaining, and the Colts kept the ball until the closing seconds.

In other action, it was: Saints 38, Buccaneers 7; Eagles 24, Bears 20; Chargers 32, Broncos 3; Raiders 20, Bengals 17; Patriots 31, Jets 14; Vikings 35, Seahawks 9; Lions 38, Browns 37; Giants 34, Falcons 31, OT; Cardinals 21, Rams 13; Cowboys 7, Redskins 6; and Packers 30, 49ers 24; Jaguars 18, Bills 15.


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