PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers spent 25 minutes knocking around Alex Smith.
The Kansas City Chiefs' new quarterback responded with 5 minutes of nearly flawless football, the kind that provided a glimmer of what could be for a player — and a team — in the midst of rebuilding.
Smith guided the Chiefs to a pair of scoring drives late in the first half in a 26-20 overtime victory over the Steelers on Saturday night, sprinting 38 yards to set up a field goal then completing 6 of 7 passes on a 72-yard touchdown drive that tied it just before the starters traded their helmets for baseball caps.
"Felt good out there," Smith said. "We've had limited 2-minte work just by the nature of being together such a limited time, especially in a game situation. So I thought it was great work for us. We started to get some 'chunk' plays."
Smith ended his night — and probably his preseason — with a 5-yard strike to Junior Hemingway that earned Smith a draw with Pittsburgh counterpart Ben Roethlisberger.
"I thought he was accurate and competitive," Kansas City coach Andy Reid said about Smith. "I thought he managed things well."
Smith finished 17 of 24 for 158 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles ran seven times for 10 yards in his first game after spraining his right foot earlier this month. The Chiefs eventually won it on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Chase Daniel to Rico Richardson on the first possession of overtime.
The Steelers remained winless during the exhibition season after taking nine penalties for 98 yards. Even worse, rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones was taken to the hospital with a chest injury after being tackled following an interception in the third quarter.
The 17th overall pick in the draft lay on the turf for several moments before walking to the sideline. He sat on the bench talking to Roethlisberger before being placed on a stretcher and taken out of the stadium as a precaution.
It was a sobering sight after several encouraging signs by the Steelers.
Following a pair of largely lifeless efforts during cameos in the first two preseason contests, Roethlisberger stressed it was hardly time to panic. In the closest thing to the real thing the NFL provides in August, Roethlisberger and the Steelers responded with a decidedly more urgent tone against the Chiefs.
Roethlisberger hit Antonio Brown for a 49-yard gain on Pittsburgh's second offensive play, leading to a field goal.
"I thought we did some things great, there are some things we need to do to get better," Brown said.
The Steelers followed it up with their first offensive touchdown since the 2012 regular season finale against Cleveland. Taking over at the Kansas City 21 after the Chiefs failed to convert a fourth-and-1, Roethlisberger turned a broken play into six points when he scrambled around long enough to find Dwyer wide open in the flat. The running back trotted into the end zone to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead.