Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger

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do what the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback so often does — lead a game-tying drive late in the fourth quarter — and decided it was time for the Los Angeles Chargers to do something they so rarely do: win a big one on the road against a team with Super Bowl aspirations of its own.So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback gathered his teammates around him and delivered a very blunt message.“It was ‘Let’s go win it Dermontti Dawson Jersey ,'” Rivers said. “‘Let’s make this the last drive and win it.'”Done and done. Rivers drove the Chargers 64 yards in 11 plays to set up Michael Badgley‘s 29-yard field goal on the final snap as the Los Angeles rallied for a 33-30 victory on Sunday night.Badgley’s initial 39-yard attempt sailed wide left, but the Steelers were called for offsides. Badgley’s ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but Pittsburgh’s celebration was cut short when the Steelers were again flagged for crossing the line of scrimmage early. The Steelers jumped once more Badgley’s 29-yarder, but the Chargers gleefully declined the penalty as they spilled onto the field.“There was no worry or doubt,” Badgley said. “It’s just one of those things where you stay tough. It’s a situation you never really plan out there where you get three in a row like that. You just have to go do what you know how to do.”Down 23-7 at the half, the Chargers (9-3) became the first visiting team to win in Pittsburgh after trailing by 16. The Steelers (7-4-1) had been 174-0-1 when up by that much at home. Now Pittsburgh heads into the final quarter of the season having its once comfortable lead in the AFC North trimmed to just a half-game over surging Baltimore (7-5).“Don’t need to panic Jack Ham Jersey ,” Roethlisberger said. “Don’t need to worry.”Might be time to start. The Steelers have dropped two straight for the first time this season and seemingly had no answer for the Chargers in the second half.Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles. Keenan Allen caught 14 passes for 148 yards and a score and Justin Jackson ran for 63 yards and a touchdown in place of injured starter Melvin Gordon. Desmond King added a 73-yard punt return for a score as the Chargers bolstered their postseason chances by winning in Pittsburgh for just the fourth time in 19 tries.“These guys, they believe,” Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. “When you believe in something strongly, you can will it to happen.”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 touchdown. James Conner added 60 yards rushing and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.STEELERS SOAR … THEN STUMBLERoethlisberger and Brown are among the most productive quarterback/wide receiver tandems in the league but that didn’t stop Roethlisberger from publicly tweaking Brown following a loss to Denver last week, though the star wide receiver stressed he understood it was nothing personal.The minor dust-up certainly didn’t seem to have an impact on their play. Roethlisberger hit Brown for a 9-yard gain on Pittsburgh’s second play from scrimmage and again for 46 yards on the following snap. The two connected on a 28-yard score late in the second quarter that seemed to put Pittsburgh firmly in control on a night the franchise celebrated the 1978 and 2008 Super Bowl champion squads.Suddenly, a team that looked capable of joining them appears to be in a bit of a tight spot with a somewhat daunting final month ahead that includes games against New England and New Orleans.“There’s a quarter left of football Jack Lambert Jersey ,” Brown said. “We’ve got to continue to figure out a way to win and get ourselves to the dance.”GETTING A HEAD STARTDown 13-0 in the first quarter, the Chargers appeared to be in trouble before Rivers hit a streaking Travis Benjamin for a 46-yard touchdown to get Los Angeles on the board on a play that began with Chargers right tackle Sam Tevi standing up and shuffling his feet backward an instant before the ball was snapped.Several Steelers pointed at Tevi as the play began looking for a penalty, but there were no flags on the field when Rivers lofted a rainbow down the right sideline to Benjamin.Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin called it “unfortunate” but declined to criticize the officials.“I am going to keep my mouth shut,” Tomlin said. “I am going to do that because I send enough money to (the NFL in fines).”It marked the second time this season Los Angeles benefited from a non-call on what appeared to be a pre-snap penalty. The Chargers scored a touchdown in Cleveland in October on a play in which left tackle Russell Okung moved before the ball was hiked to Rivers.JUSTIN WHO?Austin Ekeler was given the first crack at filling in for Gordon but managed just one yard on eight carries in the first half. The Chargers turned to Jackson, a rookie seventh-round pick from Northwestern, in the second half. Jackson’s quickness appeared to catch Pittsburgh’s defensive front off guard Mike Webster Jersey , and his 18-yard dart up the middle early in the fourth quarter marked the first touchdown of his career.INJURIESPittsburgh WR Justin Hunter, given a spot on the game-day roster over rookie James Washington, left in the first half and did not return after injuring himself while diving for a Roethlisberger pass in the end 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 in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTChargers: Host Cincinnati next Sunday.Steelers: Travel to Oakland to play the Raiders next Sunday. One BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the first round of the NFL draft."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsLatest News2019 NFL Draft AnalysisKnee Jerk Reactions from Round One of the 2019 NFL DraftNew,54commentsOne BTSC writer shares his initial and real time unadulterated reactions to the first round of the NFL draft.EDTShareTweetShareShareKnee Jerk Reactions from Round One of the 2019 NFL DraftChristopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsKnee-jerk Reactions are immediate responses to a situation without taking the time to analyze the situation. That’s something as sports fans that we typically do. Especially if you are a card carrying member of Steeler Nation. As is the custom, I compile my knee jerk thoughts and publish them immediately after each Steelers game. It’s my version of shooting first and apologizing later. So with that being said, I’m going to employ that philosophy here during the NFL Draft.Merry Football Christmas Mel Blount Jersey , my friends.Nashville is out in droves. Truly shows the power of the NFL brand.Joe Greene was drafted 50 years ago and still looks pimpin’. Great to see that guy. Thanks Mean Joe.How come I didn’t know about this contest? Glad the Eagles guy didn’t win.If I’m the Cards, I trade this pick. Better for their future.Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray have the same agent. Hmmmmmm.Cards just wasted a whole lotta time. C’mon. Five months to make this deal.Bosa is a no-brainer. Solomon Thomas is now on the block.Jets will trade this pick. Mocks are about to be shaken up.They kept the pick. Hoping they would trade to help the Steelers’ Devin chances.Quinnen Williams is a sweet pick for the J E T S...Jets Jets Jets.Will this be a Mayock pick or a crazy Gruden pick?I think they go Haskins. If Oakland goes Haskins, it makes Allen available to TB and maybe not White.Ferrell. Wow!!!!!! That could be huge for the Steelers in many ways. If the QB run starts later, that would be huge.Could Arians shock the world and go QB?Arians is pimpin’ too.Crap!!!!! A Devin is gone.Giants could go Josh Allen. That would open up the potential to get QBs to Miami and Cincy.Daniel Jones to the Giants. That helps push Josh Allen down and could push Haskins to Cincy.Jacksonville has Josh Allen sitting on a silver platter.They got a gift.Detroit could trade this pick. I’m hoping the Steelers called the Motor City.Hockenson is a great move for Detroit. I think he’s Gronk without the STD potential. Matt Stafford and this guy will hook up a lot. Will Buffalo be our first trade? They could stay put and draft Oliver.Those Bills Mafia fans are nuts.They got a steal.Here’s where it gets interesting. These next two teams are the biggest threat to take Devin Bush. I think they could go Lock and Haskins. But I think Steelers lose Bush here.Why is the Steeler name on the big screen on Broadway?Oh My God!!!!! They did it!Yes! Yes! Yes!Is Mean Joe missing?They just screwed Cincy too. That wardrobe is incredible. Love JuJu’s tweet.Didn’t give up too much in my opinion. They have an extra third in 2020 because of Lev Bell.They could get back in the second possibly. But it doesn’t matter. Great trade.Smart choice on the lineman for Cincy. Thought they were going Haskins.Rashan Gary crying on the phone personifies the beauty of this process. Plus he’s going to Green Bay. Pretty cool.Dolphins go QB, maybe?Wrong. Wilkins is solid though.He’s now a fan favorite for almost killing Goodell.With QBs dropping, I fear Pats trade for Rosen.Lindstrom to Falcons. Kind of a reach.Haskins to the Skins. Think they would have been better off trading for Rosen.Brian Burns is an absolute stud. Panthers got a steal.Giants taking Dexter Lawrence. He didn’t fall as far as most thought.Bradbury to the Vikings. Not a sexy pick Troy Polamalu Jersey , but solid.It’s funny to watch fans go nuts for a center.Titans may go WR.Simmons instead.Here was the Steelers pick. This could have been Montez Sweat or Rock Ya Sin. Still happy with the trade. Will Denver take a QB?No...they went Fant. I don’t think he’s nearly as good as Hockenson.Drew Lock is going to fall to New England.Seahawks trading down. GB will probably grab the first WR off of the board. No...a safety. Savage was mocked a lot to Steelers in Round 2. Ravens trading out. I think that’s huge for them. Won’t miss out on a receiver.Philadelphia just broke Houston’s heart. I think Andre Dillard was the only guy on his draft board.Titus Who? Texans reactionary pick. Should have traded out.Thought Eagles would take Josh Jacobs after trading up. Oakland is going to rush the podium.Running Back of the board. Raiders got a crusher as a rusher.Like those Raider draft caps.This has got to be a WR. Hollywood Brown to BMore. AB’s cousin is a freaking burner. If you don’t crush him at the line, he’s gonna kill you.Run on receivers starts now. Washington trades in for one.Wow! Redskins got Sweat-y on this pick. With getting cleared from being misdiagnosed with medical concerns, Washington stole a difference maker from the Raiders.Raiders get a tough and nasty safety. Okay.Wanted Chargers to take Lock. Tillery is solid though.Seattle needs a lot. Think they go CB and WR back-to-back.Can’t believe Jawaan Taylor is still available. Has somebody spiked the drinks in the Seattle war room? They reached here and traded their other pick away.Not a fan of Deandre Baker. Giants reached here.Falcons trading back in. Serious about protecting Matt Ryan. They overdrafted with both picks.New England will get a stud here. I bet Lock, Metcalf or a corner named Williams.Most NE fans are freaking obnoxious.N’Keal Harry is a guy I mocked to NE. This guy is going to be great.Plenty of marquee names left. Hope Steelers trade back in.Can’t wait for tomorrow, some big talent available.There you have my knee jerks. I’m going to sleep on these and we’ll see how they hold up in the morning.
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