Chargers Bolt From Pittsburgh With 34-24 Win Over Steelers – Game Recap

The San Diego Chargers came to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh with a decimated offensive line and a lame duck coaching staff in tow and still managed to notch the franchises\’ first ever regular season win in Pittsburgh with a 34-24 victory Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the game with two of them going to wide receiver Danario Alexander as San Diego moved to 5-8 on the season.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, in his first game back since suffering a shoulder and rib injury back in Week 10, was 22-of-42 passing for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns in the loss that dropped the Steelers to 7-6 on the season with three games left to go.

The Steelers offense converted 5-of-13 third downs in the game but were 2-of-9 on the money down in the first half. The offense also was a big loser in the field position battle as their average start was their own 19 yard-line while the Chargers average starting field position was their own 37 yard-line.

The Steelers offensive line couldn\’t hold off the Chargers pass rush in the game and it resulted in Roethlisberger being under constant pressure for much of the game.

Both of the Steelers turnovers in the game, an interception by Roethlisberger and a backwards pass ruled a fumbled lateral, resulted in two Chargers touchdowns.

Dropped passes, penalties, and poor coaching also played a huge hand in the Steelers loss.

The Steelers running game never got on track in the game as they gained just 69 yards on the ground with 32 of those yards coming on scrambles by Roethlisberger.

The Steelers secondary was without the services of cornerback Ike Taylor in this game and it showed. Second year cornerback Curtis Brown was targeted heavily when he came in to man the outside spot in the Steelers sub-package and he was eventually benched in favor of cornerback Josh Victorian, who was promoted to the 53 man roster off of the practice squad on Saturday. Brown, Victorian and Keenan Lewis were all victimized for touchdowns in the game and Cortez Allen also had a poor game in addition.

The Steelers must now lick their wounds and prepare to travel to Dallas next week to take on the Dallas Cowboys, who graciously knocked off the Cincinnati Bengals today on the road.

More recap of the game forthcoming.

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  • awlcohen

    Another pitiful loss against a woeful team. The playing down to the competition, terrible inconsistency, and putrid decision making all fall on the shoulders of Tomlin.

  • Mike Carroll

    1-3 vs AFCWest??? Lone win is in OT vs worst team in football? Very disappointing.

  • Matt Lipner

    Forget the more intangible aspects of coaching. There were poor play calls, poor clock management, and idiotic game management throughout. Tomlin has never impressed me with his in game coaching, and this season he has been consistently terrible.

  • Mike Carroll

    It might be a minor point given the extremely poor performance by the players, but you’d think Tomlin would know how to work the 2 point conversion after 6 years in the league.

  • awlcohen

    Tomlin is ultimately responsible for the play of the players. Even if people don’t think it is his fault, If this continues through next season he’ll be done, so it is on him regardless. No way Rooney’s tolerate this for an extended time period.

  • zyzak

    Steelers are not playing down to the competition. They are a bad football team. Kugler’s offensive line is putrid. Haley is not an improvement on Arians who will be a head coach on 2013. Glad they gave Haley a one year deal, he’s pathetic. Tomlin has to find a special teams coach soon. A good idea would be for the Steelers to hire Pagano and the specials teams coach of the Chargers. Why not offer them a deal right now!. 1 stinkin sack against a jibronie offensive line, ridiculous

  • steeltown

    Awful

  • Reader783

    We are playing down. We do it every year. We could go from getting 3 sacks against the Browns o-line (one of the best in the game) to 1 against the Chargers decimated line. That is playing down. When you beat the Ravens with your 3rd string QB and lose to the Chargers with your one, you played down. I don’t know who to blame for that.

  • alex

    such a trap game, Big Ben back playing SD with 3 starting OL out, and SD playing for there season and for NORV…

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Pretenders or contenders? Few more weeks to find that out. Its a good thing the Steelers don’t play in the AFC West they’d be tripping over the Chiefs to finish last. Doesn’t bode well for this team’s confidence when that division is considered the worst in the league.

  • Mike Carroll

    It’s really tough to watch the Steelers commit 8-10 penalties and end up minus 2 in the turnover battle every week. I suppose you do that 10-12 times and eventually you’re going to be destroyed like they were today.

  • JT

    That’s why Cowher got fired after he went 7-9, 6-10, and 9-7 in consecutive years, right?

    The Rooney’s are loyal and patient, unlike most fans.

  • JT

    They’re contenders because the AFC is a pretender conference.

  • JT

    What’s surprising is that they’re only in the middle of the NFL for penalties committed, and teams with more are the Packers, Bears, Seahawks, 49ers, and Ravens.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    The epitome of inconsistency is what defines this team. Up to play a game one week then flat for the next. Every week a different facet of this team causes its demise they squeak out some wins against mediocre teams but overall they exhibit no signs or symptoms of contending for a championship. They keep this up their only consolation will be a higher draft pick. Don’t look now but they just lost to the Raiders, Browns, Titans and Chargers its quite possible they get swept by the Browns this year. Wouldn’t that be something.

  • JT

    They could also get swept by the Browns and make the playoffs. The Giants got swept by the Skins last year. The regular season means less every year in the NFL.

  • jace

    this is retarded on how bad the steelers are playing

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Steelers are just like the Ravens, they get up to play each other but both stink the next week.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Steelers don’t look like a team wanting to play in the post season. Maybe they show up next week…maybe not. Don’t know what they’re waiting for.

  • Buccos9

    You wonder why the Steelers couldn’t get off the field on third and short? Have a look at the cushions Dick Lebeau had his CBs give the receivers on many of those plays. Even the TV announcers were saying the Chargers were just throwing to the sticks. Of course, Dick Lebeau set up his defense to give them those passes all day. It was like watching the last drive of the Oakland game over and over again. The players deserve a lot of blame today, but the coaches do too.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Outcoached throughout this game, & it was by Norv freeking Turner who is one of the worst head coaches. Also…
    Curtis Brown stunk blew too many plays.
    Keisel way too slow couldnt even fall onto Ronnie Brown.
    Keenan made a bad guess when he gave up TD.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Well we didn’t get swept by the Browns…also didn’t make those playoffs either.