Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers had the uncanny knack of blowing double-digit leads and shedding within the final minute.
Herbert threw a 53-yard landing cross to Mike Williams with 2:17 remaining because the Chargers rallied to carry off the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-37 regardless of blowing a 17-point lead firstly of the fourth quarter.
5 of the Chargers’ six wins this season have been fourth-quarter comebacks. Final season, they misplaced 5 occasions when main within the fourth.
“We had our greatest stuff on the finish,” first-year coach Brandon Staley stated. “I really feel like we’ve proven actual stuff by 10 video games. I’m actually happy with this group. This sport was one in every of my favorites, for certain.”
Herbert is the fifth quarterback in NFL historical past to throw for no less than 300 yards passing and have no less than 90 yards dashing in the identical sport. He handed for 382 yards and rushed for 90, essentially the most by a Chargers QB in a sport.
“We did an awesome job transferring the ball and answering again once we wanted to,” stated Herbert, who accomplished 30 of 41 passes. “It bought slightly too shut for certain. We had our alternatives to place it away. The protection did an awesome job developing with stops after which we put factors up on what was an enormous day for us.”
Los Angeles (6-4) had a 27-10 lead going into the fourth quarter earlier than the Steelers (5-4-1) rallied to take a 37-34 lead on Chris Boswell’s 45-yard subject objective with 3:24 left. Los Angeles took over on the 25 and scored 4 performs later when Herbert discovered Williams between the cornerback and security. Williams, who had 97 yards on 5 catches, caught the ball on the Steelers 36-yard line and went untouched up the left sideline.
“We initially known as an out path to Keenan, however the cornerback was overlaying the flat actually arduous. Justin advised me to be prepared. I used to be open and ran straight to the tip zone,” stated Williams, who had 5 receptions for 97 yards.
Austin Ekeler had a career-high 4 touchdowns and 115 scrimmage yards (65 receiving, 50 dashing). He is the ninth participant within the Tremendous Bowl period with no less than two dashing and two receiving scores in a sport.
The Chargers generated 533 yards of offense, their fourth-most since 2000. It is usually tied for the eighth-most the Steelers have allowed in a sport in franchise historical past.
“I believed we had them,” stated Steelers receiver Diontae Johnson, who had seven catches for 101 yards. “However it’s soccer. Stuff goes to occur, and we didn’t reply like we have been alleged to.”
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns for Pittsburgh after lacking final week’s sport in opposition to Detroit as a result of he examined Positive for COVID-19. Najee Harris was held to 39 yards and a TD.
Roethlisberger described the challenges he had in attempting to organize over the previous week.
“It’s robust not getting observe views, not watching observe from behind,” he stated. “It’s completely different watching it on movie at evening. It’s positively a unique course of, however we bought by it.”
Two of Pittsburgh’s scores throughout its rally got here off Chargers’ errors. Harris scored on a 1-yard run to get the Steelers to 27-20, 4 performs after Miles Killebrew blocked Ty Long’s punt and it rolled out of bounds on the LA 3.
Ekeler put the Chargers again up by two scores together with his fourth rating of the sport earlier than the Steelers scored 17 straight factors to take the lead. Roethlisberger linked with Eric Ebron for a 5-yard TD to attract them ton 34-27. On the following drive, Cameron Sutton picked off Herbert’s cross meant for Allen and returned it to the ten. Pat Freiermuth tied it three performs afterward a 5-yard TD run.
After Williams’ go-ahead rating, Pittsburgh took over on the 25. Roethlisberger was sacked twice and the Steelers ultimately turned it over on downs on the 3, the place the Chargers ran out the ultimate 1:15.
The Chargers scored on their first 5 possessions for the primary time since 2017 in opposition to Washington. Ekeler ended three of the drives with TDs, and put Los Angeles on high 7-3 with a 6-yard carry off left deal with.
Ekeler prolonged the result in 14-3 with 3:42 remaining within the second quarter with a 10-yard reception on a check-down from Herbert. His greatest play of the evening although came on his third TD, when he took a display from Herbert, juked Steelers’ cornerback James Pierre, broke a deal with by Terrell Edmunds after which dragged Taco Charlton the final 3 yards into the tip zone to make it 24-10 three minutes into the third quarter.
“It was positively a particular evening. I used to be in a position to benefit from what I had in entrance of me and, , ended up getting it in the long run zone,” he stated.
Heyward appeared to punch Josh Palmer and Herbert following Herbert’s 36-yard scramble. Officers known as pointless roughness however didn’t eject Heyward.
In a pool report, Senior Vice President of Officiating Walt Anderson stated “It simply didn’t seem like it rose to the extent of a foul that will lead to a disqualification.”
Heyward stated there was nothing malicious and that “I don’t assume that I used to be attempting to punch him, however I do know it appears extra worse than it’s in sluggish movement.”
Herbert stated he didn’t take offense over the play.
Steelers: TE Eric Ebron couldn’t return with a knee harm. … OL J.C. Hassenauer injured his pectoral muscle and will probably be re-evaluated. … DB Arthur Maulet injured his neck and didn’t return, in response to coach Mike Tomlin.
Chargers: CB Asante Samuel Jr. suffered a concussion through the fourth quarter. … Assistant offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett missed the sport because of a non-COVID sickness.
Steelers: At Cincinnati on Sunday.
Chargers: At Denver on Sunday.