Chargers outlive Steelers for 41-37 win – .

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Chargers outlive Steelers for 41-37 win – .


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For a few minutes in the fourth quarter, it looked like the Chargers would add another game to the long list of crushing losses.

The Steelers had made a furious comeback with a blocked punt, an interception and a stoppage on fourth base – establishing a 37-34 lead with 3:24 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But the Chargers managed to avoid the heartache. In the ensuing third play of the Los Angeles drive, quarterback Justin Herbert threw a dart at a wide-open Mike Williams on the left sideline and Williams mistook it for a 53-yard touchdown.

That was enough for Los Angeles to win 41-37.

The Steelers recovered the ball, but Ben Roethlisberger’s back-to-back sacks left Pittsburgh with a fourth and 29 from their own 3-yard line. Roethlisberger’s fourth pass was incomplete.

The Chargers controlled most of the game, taking a 27-10 lead thanks to kicker Dustin Hopkins’ 41-yard field goal late in the game with 3:40 left in the third quarter.

And even when Boswell scored for 36 yards and running back Najee Harris reduced the score to 27-20, the Chargers reduced their lead to 14 with the fourth touchdown from running back Austin Ekeler of the night.

It was then that the Steelers scored 17 points in just under two minutes of play before Herbert finally put Los Angeles back in the lead.

Herbert didn’t make many mistakes on Sunday, finishing 30 of 41 for 382 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Even the pick wasn’t entirely a bad decision, as the ball came out of defensive tackle Cam Hayward’s helmet before cornerback Cameron Sutton plunged for a turnaround.

Herbert’s legs were also a major factor in the contest, as he rushed nine times for 90 yards, including a 36-yard scrum.

Receiver Keenan Allen led the way with nine catches for 112 yards. Mike Williams had five catches for 97 yards, including the winning score. Ekeler had four total touchdowns, two running and two receiving, as well as 115 yards from the scrum.

By allowing 33 first downs and 533 yards of attack, the Steelers clearly missed edge rusher TJ Watt, cornerback Joe Haden and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Watt and Haden were absent due to injury and Fitzpatrick is on the COVID-19 list. The Chargers only attempted one punt, which Pittsburgh blocked.

Roethlisberger just returned to the squad on Saturday after missing last week’s game due to a positive COVID-19 test. Although not practicing, he finished 28 of 44 for 273 yards with three touchdowns. Diontae Johnson had seven receptions for 101 yards with one touchdown. And Chase Claypool had five catches for 93 yards.

But that was not enough for a victory on the West Coast.

At 5-4-1, the Steelers will also be on the road next week to face the Bengals 6-4.

At 6-4, the Chargers will look to build on their momentum in next week’s road game with the division-rival Broncos 5-5.

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