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Steelers Kicker Boswell Just Doing Job

An unlikely and unassuming star emerged from the Steelers' 18-16 playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

PITTSBURGH -- In the NBC post-game interview of the unassuming star of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 18-16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, kicker Chris Boswell accepted his kudos from the media with humility.

"It was just about doing my job," said Boswell. "Come out here, put it through the yellow pipes. ... I'm just out here doing my job, my one-eleventh for the team."

Does he want to be a "Killer B"?

"I don't think I even belong in that picture," Boswell concluded.

Boswell, though, is the only player in NFL history - in what NBC reported to be 534 post-season games - to kick six field goals in one post-season game.

Steelers punter Jordan Berry is a part of that record as the holder. He was also the holder the day early in the 2015 season when Boswell won a tryout to become the fourth kicker used by the team since that first preseason game.

"When he had his tryout, it was pouring rain, it was cold, it was pretty gross. It was yuck out there," said the Australian-born Berry. "A few of the other guys at the tryout weren't too happy with it.

"That was the first time I had met him. He got out there and was pretty cool. Some guys can be really picky with how they like their holds. I was like 'How do you want it?' And he was like, 'Just put it on the ground.' I said 'That'll work.' 

"Yeah, he doesn't really get messed up by much and at this level that's a really good attribute to have."

To teammates and those who've dealt with Boswell over the last 16 months, he's as "Joe Cool" as he was in the interview upon setting NFL history. That type of approach certainly helps in a tight, NFL playoff game in an environment as hostile as Arrowhead Stadium was Sunday night.

"He was just in the zone and just going out there and kicking balls," Berry said. "There wasn't anything messing him up or putting him off. Yeah, it was good to see him go out there and perform the way he can, especially in a game like that where we needed him to."

Just putting it through the yellow pipes, doing his job, his one-eleventh.


Boswell wasn't the only key figure in a special teams kind of night for the Steelers.

While the six field goals provided all the points, the coverage units held blazing rookie return man Tyreek Hill in check.

But it didn't start off so well for the Steelers, who squibbed a kick that was returned to the 45-yard line by 6-7 tight end Demetrius Harris.

The Steelers then decided to kick to Hill, who had averaged 32.3 yards per return in his last 12 games. But Vince Williams smacked him down at the 12-yard line.

"Vince Williams, aw, man, that sparked the defense," said special teams captain Rob Golden. "Whenever you can put an opposing offense inside the 20, it's definitely a big boost to the defense. Those guys were excited about it and so were we. Vince definitely set the tone for that."

He set the tone for the special teams because on the night, Hill returned four kickoffs for 72 yards, an average of 18 yards per return.

The Steelers had moved starting safety Mike Mitchell onto the coverage units to replace injured Shamarko Thomas, but other than that the preparation was the same.

"It wasn't really different," Golden said. "We went about our business the same way that we always do, but at the end of the day we knew what task we had at hand. He's a Pro Bowl returner. He's good and we knew that and we were just up for the challenge."


The most boneheaded move of the night was accomplished in the locker room by Antonio Brown, who used his cell phone to run a live feed on Facebook of Mike Tomlin's post-game talk.

Believing he was talking only to the team, Tomlin dropped a few profanities and even called the upcoming opponent, the New England Patriots, "a--holes."

Ramon Foster showed up in the locker room yesterday, and didn't even try to walk the leak back.

"That’s not a distraction," said Foster. "That was Coach Tomlin giving his after-the-game-speech that was supposed to be for us. The Patriots watched our game. They saw everything about us. They know for us to be in this game it’s not a secret. They’re going to study everything we do, so it’s not like we’re going to sneak up on them. It just so happened that they heard what Coach said.

"Regardless," Foster continued, "everybody's an a--hole in this league." 

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