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AFC: Steelers hand Chiefs first loss of season, 19-13

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AFC: Steelers hand Chiefs first loss of season, 19-13

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Le'Veon Bell ran for 179 yards and a touchdown, Antonio Brown made an acrobatic touchdown catch in the fourth quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers held on to beat the Kansas City Chiefs 19-13 on Sunday.

The Chiefs (5-1) still had a chance after Brown's 51-yard reception made it 19-10, moving quickly downfield and getting a 33-yard field goal from Harrison Butker.

And when their defense forced a quick three-and-out, Tyreek Hill's 32-yard punt return gave them the ball with 1:48 to go.

But after the Steelers (4-2) gave up a first down, James Harrison sacked Alex Smith on third-and-10, and the quarterback's incomplete pass on fourth down left the NFL with no unbeaten teams.

Ben Roethlisberger was 17 of 25 for 252 yards for Pittsburgh, bouncing back from his abysmal five-interception performance against Jacksonville last week.

His favorite target was Brown, who a few weeks ago was flipping over water coolers on the sideline but spent Sunday slinging high-fives.

He finished with eight catches for 155 yards, often beating All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters.

The game in many ways resembled January's divisional playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, when Bell churned for 170 yards rushing and the Steelers' defense shut down the Chiefs in an 18-16 victory.

Their defensive dominance was even more impressive considering the circumstances: The Steelers had allowed more than 200 yards rushing twice in the past three weeks, while Kareem Hunt ran for 107 yards and the Chiefs piled up 450 yards in a shootout victory last Sunday in Houston.

Kansas City rolled into the game averaging 414.2 yards and 32.8 points, but the Steelers shut down NFL rushing leader Hunt, who gained just 21 yards on nine carries. They also spent the afternoon with their paws on Smith's jersey, holding the league's top-rated passer to 246 yards and a touchdown.

Still, Smith nearly rallied the Chiefs in the second half, hitting De'Anthony Thomas down the sideline for a 57-yard fourth-quarter touchdown that got Kansas City within 12-10.

But the Steelers answered with Bell, whose hard running got them near midfield. And when they faced third-and-2, former Chiefs coach and Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley dialed up a pass down the sideline to Brown, who caught the tipped ball and ran it 51 yards for the score.

It was Brown's 52nd touchdown reception, passing Lynn Swann for third-most in franchise history.

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Tom Brady explains why GOAT label makes Patriots QB "uncomfortable"

Tom Brady explains why GOAT label makes Patriots QB "uncomfortable"

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is considered the GOAT, aka the "greatest of all time", throughout New England, and with good reason.

After all, the veteran quarterback is the only five-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP among quarterbacks. There's also a good chance he could add more titles and MVPs to his resume before his career ends. 

While Patriots fans, members of the media and others have no issue calling Brady the GOAT, the man himself is much less enthusiastic about it.

"I don't really like it, truthfully," Brady said in an interview with Scott Zolak on the latest episode of "Patriots All Access."

Zolak then told Brady he seems "uncomfortable" with the GOAT label, and the 40-year-old QB agreed.

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"Well, I am," Brady responded. "I don't see myself in that way. That's not a value I've ever put on me playing. I play for the enjoyment of the game. I play for the comraderie with my teammates, and I play to win. I don't play to be called a certain thing or compared to this guy. I had heroes when I grew up. There's a lot of great quarterbacks. There was when I grew up, there are now. The fact that I'm still playing, I love being that. I don't need people to tell me that 'man, you're such and such, or you're better than this.'

"There's a lot of great players. That's how I see other players, too. There's a lot of things that guys can do that I can't do. And there's some things I can do that other guys can't do, too. But that's part of my skill set. There's so many different things involved with being a great player. I think the greatest asset I have is a great organization. Great ownership. Great coaches. And great teammates I've had since I came into the league."

Brady, like Michael Jordan, has a never-ending motivation to be the best. Even though they've won so many championships, there's always something that can be used to fuel future success.

It's understandable Brady doesn't like being called the GOAT, especially with his career still ongoing. But when you compare the list of accomplishments between the NFL's greatest players, it's hard to put anyone above the Patriots quarterback.

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