Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/13/12
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs slugged and sloshed their way through the rain and slick conditions Monday night in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field, battling the elements and each other.The Steelers were just a little better, overcoming an injury to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and sloppy play to escape with a 16-13 overtime win over the Chiefs.The Hero of the Game is awarded to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons for picking off Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel in overtime at the KC 28 yard line that set up the game-winning field goal.On a night when the Pittsburgh offense was out of sync, especially after Big Ben went down with an injury, and the Steelers struggling to eek out a win to keep pace in the AFC North, Timmons' interception was the play of the game.A loss to the Chiefs would have been demoralizing, and Lawrence Timmons made the key play at the right time to propel the Steelers into a big showdown next week with their rivals, the Baltimore Ravens.Timmons also had seven tackles, including four solo tackles in route to a solid game at linebacker. The Steelers needed a big play by someone to get them through this game without a loss. Lawrence Timmons stepped up, made a play, and for that gets the game ball.The Zero of the Game is awarded to Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel. While not an overly bad game by Cassel, his errant throw in overtime was an absolute heart breaker that really ended the Chiefs hopes of an upset on Monday night.For the game Cassel completed 11/26 passes for 154 yards, was sacked twice; and also had two interceptions. More glaring was the fact that Cassel had a miserable night on third down passing. For the game he was 0-8 on third down, and was also sacked once.Entering the game Cassel had been solid on third down completion percentage, to the tune of a clip of 68.8 percent which was an NFL high.At crucial times of the game, quarterbacks are measured on the plays they make, or don't make. And they are measured on throws they make, or don't make. It's a win or go home league, where results mean everything, and overtime interceptions on the road can't happen.  
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Raiders to make a run at Le’Veon Bell if he becomes free agent?

John Wall calls JJ Barea a ‘little midget’

Robin Lopez appears to grab DeMarcus Cousins in groin

Report: Cavs question Love’s illness at ’emotional’ meeting

WATCH: Dennis Smith Jr. effortlessly executes 360 dunk

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Titans will not hire Ohio State’s Ryan Day as offensive coordinator

Cardinals expected to hire Panthers’ Al Holcomb as defensive coordinator

Robby Anderson's lawyer: WR did not threaten sexual assault, was racially profiled

Report: Sean Payton high on Baker Mayfield

One-handed NFL prospect shared amazing message about disabilities

Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants

The 'More things change...' quiz

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Top takeaways from NFL Championship Sunday

Six incredible stats from the Belichick/Brady era in Boston

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

The 'More things change...' quiz

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

The best college hoops games to watch down the stretch

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker