In a prime-time matchup between two elite AFC teams with two goliath offenses, the Pittsburgh Steelers
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.
Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger will face off for the 6th time in their careers, with Ben’s Steelers holding a 3-2 edge over Rivers’ Chargers. Both rank in the Top 10 in several all-time passing categories. pic.twitter.com/rIDHqyKLxd— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 2, 2018
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.
How to blow a huge lead:— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 3, 2018
1st half 1st downs:
(outside the 1-yd line)
2nd half 1st downs:
(runs avg 3.4 YPC)
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.