03 Dec 2018, 12:20 IST
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so typically does — lead a game-tying drive late within the fourth quarter — and determined it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do one thing they so hardly ever do: win a giant one on the highway in opposition to a group with Tremendous Bowl aspirations of its personal.
So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback gathered his teammates round him and delivered a really blunt message.
“It was ‘Let’s go win it,'” Rivers mentioned. “‘Let’s make this the final drive and win it.'”
Accomplished and finished. Rivers drove the Chargers 64 yards in 11 performs to arrange Michael Badgley’s 29-yard subject aim on the ultimate snap because the Los Angeles rallied for a 33-30 victory on Sunday night time.
Badgley’s preliminary 39-yard try sailed broad left, however the Steelers had been known as for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard try was blocked, however Pittsburgh’s celebration was minimize quick when the Steelers had been once more flagged for crossing the road of scrimmage early. The Steelers jumped as soon as extra Badgley’s 29-yarder, however the Chargers gleefully declined the penalty as they spilled onto the sector.
“There was no fear or doubt,” Badgley mentioned. “It is simply a type of issues the place you keep powerful. It is a state of affairs you by no means actually plan on the market the place you get three in a row like that. You simply must go do what you know the way to do.”
Down 23-7 on the half, the Chargers (9-3) turned the primary visiting group to win in Pittsburgh after trailing by 16. The Steelers (7-4-1) had been 174-0-1 when up by that a lot at dwelling. Now Pittsburgh heads into the ultimate quarter of the season having its as soon as snug lead within the AFC North trimmed to only a half-game over surging Baltimore (7-5).
“Need not panic,” Roethlisberger mentioned. “Need not fear.”
Could be time to start out. The Steelers have dropped two straight for the primary time this season and seemingly had no reply for the Chargers within the second half.
Rivers accomplished 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles. Keenan Allen caught 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 return for a rating because the Chargers bolstered their postseason probabilities by successful in Pittsburgh for simply the fourth time in 19 tries.
“These guys, they consider,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn mentioned. “Whenever you consider in one thing strongly, you may will it to occur.”
Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards with two scores and an interception for the Steelers. Antonio Brown caught 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 damage.
STEELERS SOAR … THEN STUMBLE
Roethlisberger and Brown are among the many best quarterback/broad receiver tandems within the league however that did not cease Roethlisberger from publicly tweaking Brown following a loss to Denver final week, although the star broad receiver confused he understood it was nothing private.
The minor dust-up actually did not appear to have an affect on their play. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 9-yard acquire on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and once more for 46 yards on the next snap. The 2 linked on a 28-yard rating late within the second quarter that appeared to place Pittsburgh firmly in management on an evening the franchise celebrated the 1978 and 2008 Tremendous Bowl champion squads.
Instantly, a group that regarded able to becoming a member of them seems to be in a little bit of a decent spot with a considerably daunting ultimate month forward that features video games in opposition to New England and New Orleans.
“There is a quarter left of soccer,” Brown mentioned. “We have got to proceed to determine a technique to win and get ourselves to the dance.”
GETTING A HEAD START
Down 13-Zero within the first quarter, the Chargers seemed to be in bother earlier than Rivers hit a streaking Travis Benjamin for a 46-yard landing to get Los Angeles on the board on a play that started with Chargers proper sort out Sam Tevi standing up and shuffling his ft backward an prompt earlier than the ball was snapped.
A number of Steelers pointed at Tevi because the play started on the lookout for a penalty, however there have been no flags on the sector when Rivers lofted a rainbow down the suitable sideline to Benjamin.
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin known as it “unlucky” however declined to criticize the officers.
“I’m going to maintain my mouth shut,” 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 time this season Los Angeles benefited from a non-call on what seemed to be a pre-snap penalty. The Chargers scored a landing in Cleveland in October on a play wherein left sort out Russell Okung moved earlier than the ball was hiked to Rivers.
Austin Ekeler was given the primary crack at filling in for Gordon however managed only one yard on eight carries within the first half. The Chargers turned to Jackson, a rookie seventh-round decide from Northwestern, within the second half. Jackson’s quickness appeared 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 spot on the game-day roster over rookie James Washington, left within the first half and didn’t return after injuring himself whereas diving for a Roethlisberger move ultimately zone. … Steelers WR Ryan Switzer was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion after taking a vicious hit by Los Angeles linebacker Jatavis Brown within the fourth quarter.
Chargers: Host Cincinnati subsequent Sunday.
Steelers: Journey to Oakland to play the Raiders subsequent Sunday.
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