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Pittsburgh gives Kansas City the boot to advance to AFC title game

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Consider it being kicked out of the playoffs.

The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to the AFC title game Sunday night, edging the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 on the foot of Chris Boswell. Boswell made all six of his field tries, accounting for all the Steelers’ points.

The Chiefss came within two points with 2:43 to play and seemed to tie the score when Alex Smith passed for the conversion to Demetrius Harris. But tackle Eric Fisher was called for holding on the play, and the Chiefs missed on their next try.

“Referee No. 51 shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again,” tight end Travis Kelce told ESPN. “He shouldn’t even be able to work at f—— Foot Locker.

“For it to end like that, with the referee literally taking it out of our hands, that hurts,” Kelce said. “You try to play this game with integrity, to the end of the whistle and when the refs want to take over the game and make it their own platform, there’s nothing you can do about it. That wasn’t a hold on my guy Eric Fisher. I hope (Fisher) doesn’t go the entire offseason thinking it was his fault. That was horse—-, flat out.”

Pittsburgh moved the ball all day — getting 170 yards from Le’Veon Bell on the ground and 170 yards receiving from Antonio Brown. But the Steelers weren’t able to get into the end zone.

The Pittsburgh defense made it stand up, giving only 61 yards rushing and 227 yards of total offense.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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