In a prime-time matchup between two elite AFC teams with two goliath offenses, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers did not disappoint, as the Bolts grinded out a nail-biting 33-30 Week 13 victory at Heinz Field.


The class of 2004 first-round quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers truly gave us a punch-for-punch spectacle, with both passers throwing for over 250 yards on a chilly night in Pittsburgh. 

The Chargers were missing their No. 1 running back in Melvin Gordon, who suffered an MCL sprain in Week 12. But no Gordon, no problem, as the elite back known for his prowess in the passing game had his targets siphoned by superstar wideout Keenan Allen, who had 14 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.


He and Rivers revived a Chargers team that was down 23-7 to start the third quarter. But a cold Steelers team fell victim to 16 unanswered points from Los Angeles, highlighted by Desmond King's 73-yard punt return touchdown. The Steelers never fully recovered their momentum.

Though Pittsburgh tied the game at 30 late in the game on a Jaylen Samuels touchdown reception, the Chargers marched down the field thanks to the Rivers and Allen connection. Kicker Mike Badgley missed his first game-winning field goal attempt on a ball sailing just left, but the Steelers jumped offsides two times in a row, leaving Badgley with a 29-yard attempt. Pittsburgh, of course, jumped offsides a third time before the Chargers hit the kick. What a mess.


After a six-game winning streak, the Steelers have dropped two straight and may be without their No. 1 back in James Conner, after he left with a lower leg injury. The Chargers, on the other hand, look like a championship caliber squad, moving to 9-3, with just the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in their way.


What a finish.