Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so regularly does — lead a game-tying pressure past due within the fourth quarter — and made up our minds it used to be time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do one thing they so infrequently do: win a large one at the street towards a workforce with Tremendous Bowl aspirations of its personal.
So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback amassed his teammates round him and delivered an excessively blunt message.
“It used to be ‘Let’s pass win it,'” Rivers mentioned. “‘Let’s make this the final pressure and win it.'”
Completed and achieved. Rivers drove the Chargers 64 yards in 11 performs to arrange Michael Badgley’s 29-yard box function at the ultimate snap because the Los Angeles rallied for a 33-30 victory on Sunday evening.
Badgley’s preliminary 39-yard strive sailed huge left, however the Steelers had been known as for offsides. Badgley’s resulting 34-yard strive used to be blocked, however Pittsburgh’s birthday celebration used to be reduce quick when the Steelers had been once more flagged for crossing the road of scrimmage early. The Steelers jumped another time Badgley’s 29-yarder, however the Chargers gleefully declined the penalty as they spilled onto the sector.
“There used to be no concern or doubt,” Badgley mentioned. “It is simply a kind of issues the place you keep difficult. It is a scenario you by no means in point of fact plan available in the market the place you get 3 in a row like that. You simply have to head do what you understand how to do.”
Down 23-7 on the 1/2, the Chargers (Nine-Three) changed into the primary visiting workforce to win in Pittsburgh after trailing via 16. The Steelers (7-Four-1) were 174-Zero-1 when up via that a lot at house. Now Pittsburgh heads into the general quarter of the season having its as soon as at ease lead within the AFC North trimmed to only a half-game over surging Baltimore (7-Five).
“Do not wish to panic,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “Do not wish to concern.”
May well be time to begin. The Steelers have dropped two immediately for the primary time this season and reputedly had no resolution for the Chargers in the second one 1/2.
Rivers finished 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles. Keenan Allen stuck 14 passes for 148 yards and a rating and Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and a landing rather than injured starter Melvin Gordon. Desmond King added a 73-yard punt go back for a rating because the Chargers strengthened their postseason possibilities via successful in Pittsburgh for simply the fourth time in 19 tries.
“Those guys, they imagine,” Chargers head trainer Anthony Lynn mentioned. “Whilst you imagine in one thing strongly, you’ll will it to occur.”
Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards with two rankings and an interception for the Steelers. Antonio Brown stuck 10 passes for a season-high 154 yards and a landing. James Conner added 60 yards dashing and two touchdowns earlier than leaving within the fourth quarter with a leg harm.
STEELERS SOAR … THEN STUMBLE
Roethlisberger and Brown are a few of the most efficient quarterback/huge receiver tandems within the league however that did not forestall Roethlisberger from publicly tweaking Brown following a loss to Denver final week, regardless that the superstar huge receiver stressed out he understood it used to be not anything non-public.
The minor dust-up for sure did not appear to have an affect on their play. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a Nine-yard achieve on Pittsburgh’s 2nd play from scrimmage and once more for 46 yards at the following snap. The 2 attached on a 28-yard rating past due in the second one quarter that appeared to put Pittsburgh firmly in keep watch over on an evening the franchise celebrated the 1978 and 2008 Tremendous Bowl champion squads.
All at once, a workforce that appeared in a position to becoming a member of them seems to be in slightly of a decent spot with a slightly daunting ultimate month forward that comes with video games towards New England and New Orleans.
“There is a quarter left of soccer,” Brown mentioned. “We have were given to proceed to determine a strategy to win and get ourselves to the dance.”
GETTING A HEAD START
Down 13-Zero within the first quarter, the Chargers looked to be in bother earlier than Rivers hit a streaking Travis Benjamin for a 46-yard landing to get Los Angeles at the board on a play that started with Chargers proper take on Sam Tevi status up and shuffling his ft backward an immediate earlier than the ball used to be snapped.
A number of Steelers pointed at Tevi because the play started searching for a penalty, however there have been no flags at the box when Rivers lofted a rainbow down the proper sideline to Benjamin.
Pittsburgh head trainer Mike Tomlin known as it “unlucky” however declined to criticize the officers.
“I’m going to stay my mouth close,” Tomlin mentioned. “I’m going to try this as a result of I ship sufficient cash to (the NFL in fines).”
It marked the second one time this season Los Angeles benefited from a non-call on what looked to be a pre-snap penalty. The Chargers scored a landing in Cleveland in October on a play wherein left take on Russell Okung moved earlier than the ball used to be hiked to Rivers.
Austin Ekeler used to be given the primary crack at filling in for Gordon however controlled only one backyard on 8 carries within the first 1/2. The Chargers grew to become to Jackson, a rookie seventh-round select from Northwestern, in the second one 1/2. Jackson’s quickness gave the impression to catch Pittsburgh’s defensive entrance off guard, and his 18-yard dart up the center early within the fourth quarter marked the primary landing of his profession.
Pittsburgh WR Justin Hunter, given a place at the game-day roster over rookie James Washington, left within the first 1/2 and didn’t go back after injuring himself whilst diving for a Roethlisberger move in spite of everything zone. … Steelers WR Ryan Switzer used to be taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion after taking a vicious hit via Los Angeles linebacker Jatavis Brown within the fourth quarter.
Chargers: Host Cincinnati subsequent Sunday.
Steelers: Shuttle to Oakland to play the Raiders subsequent Sunday.
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