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NFL: Roethlisberger injury blow marrs Steelers' victory over Kansas City

Pittsburgh escaped with a 16-13 overtime win over the Chiefs - but must now wait for results of a scan on a shoulder injury suffered by their quarterback.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali
Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger is sacked by Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali

The Pittsburgh Steelers escaped with a 16-13 overtime victory against the Kansas City Chiefs - but must wait to find out the full cost of it after losing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a shoulder injury.

In a rain-soaked war of attrition in which Kansas City forced overtime with a late fourth-quarter drive, Pittsburgh ended the Chiefs' resistance soon after when a Lawrence Timmons interception set up Shaun Suisham's 23-yard winning field goal.

The Steelers (6-3) needed just 51 seconds of the extra session to seal a fourth straight victory that kept them one game behind the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens.

Pittsburgh were expected to easily see off the struggling Chiefs (1-8) but the game did not follow the script and the home team battled to overcome a 10-0 deficit and a Roethlisberger shoulder injury that ended his game in the third quarter.

Roethlisberger tossed a first-half touchdown to tie the game at 10-10 by the intermission but his duties were turned over to backup Byron Leftwich after taking a big hit on the opening drive of the second half.

The Steelers edged 13-10 ahead early in the fourth quarter before Kansas City rallied on their final drive to set up Ryan Succop's game-tying 46-yard field goal.

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