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Rivers rallies Chargers past Steelers 33-30

PITTSBURGH (AP) Philip Rivers watched Ben Roethlisberger 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,''' 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,'' 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 STUMBLE

Roethlisberger 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,'' Brown said. ''We've got to continue to figure out a way to win and get ourselves to the dance.''

GETTING A HEAD START

Down 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, and his 18-yard dart up the middle early in the fourth quarter marked the first touchdown of his career.

INJURIES

Pittsburgh 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 NEXT

Chargers: Host Cincinnati next Sunday.

Steelers: Travel to Oakland to play the Raiders next Sunday.

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Key Players
P. Rivers 17 QB
299 PaYds, 2 PaTDs
27
FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
154 ReYds, ReTD, 10 RECs
21
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
M.Badgley 29 yard field goal is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones. Penalty on PIT-A.Burns Defensive Offside declined.
11
plays
64
yds
4:10
pos
33
30
Point After TD 4:10
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
30
30
Touchdown 4:10
B.Roethlisberger pass short middle to J.Samuels for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
78
yds
3:59
pos
30
29
Point After TD 8:09
M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
30
23
Touchdown 8:09
J.Jackson left guard for 18 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
79
yds
3:51
pos
29
23
Two Point Conversion 12:52
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. P.Rivers pass to K.Allen is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
23
23
Touchdown 13:11
J.Berry punts 57 yards to LAC 27 Center-K.Canaday. D.King for 73 yards TOUCHDOWN. PIT-K.Canaday was injured during the play.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
21
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 1:43
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. P.Rivers pass to A.Gates is complete. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
15
23
Touchdown 1:43
P.Rivers pass short middle to K.Allen for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN. PIT-J.Haden was injured during the play.
13
plays
88
yds
8:07
pos
13
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:17
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
7
23
Touchdown 0:17
B.Roethlisberger pass deep left to A.Brown for 28 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
91
yds
1:18
pos
7
22
Field Goal 2:45
C.Boswell 48 yard field goal is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
4
plays
4
yds
00:59
pos
7
16
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:04
M.Badgley extra point is GOOD Center-M.Windt Holder-D.Jones.
plays
yds
pos
7
13
Touchdown 1:04
P.Rivers pass deep right to T.Benjamin for 46 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:37
pos
6
13
Missed Point After Touchdown 4:41
C.Boswell extra point is No Good Wide Left Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
0
13
Touchdown 4:41
C.Okorafor reported in as eligible. J.Conner up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
48
yds
3:01
pos
0
13
Point After TD 9:20
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 9:20
J.Conner up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
58
yds
1:59
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 31:12 28:48
1st Downs 22 23
Rushing 4 5
Passing 17 15
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 6-11 3-10
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 371 336
Total Plays 60 63
Avg Gain 6.2 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 85 65
Rush Attempts 22 17
Avg Rush Yards 3.9 3.8
Net Yards Passing 286 271
Comp. - Att. 26-36 29-45
Yards Per Pass 7.9 6.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 1-10
Penalties - Yards 5-80 7-59
Touchdowns 4 4
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-34.0 4-32.8
Return Yards 94 56
Punts - Returns 1-73 2-9
Kickoffs - Returns 1-21 3-47
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 4/5
Extra Points 2/2 3/4
Field Goals 1/2 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Chargers 9-3 7081833
Steelers 7-4-1 13100730
286 PASS YDS 271
85 RUSH YDS 65
371 TOTAL YDS 336
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
P. Rivers 17 QB
27
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.2% 299 2 0 115.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 3418 28 6 115.7
P. Rivers 26/36 299 2 0 27
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Jackson 32 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 127 1
J. Jackson 8 63 1 18 13
A. Ekeler 30 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
83 430 1
A. Ekeler 13 21 0 7 4
T. Benjamin 12 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 16 0
T. Benjamin 1 1 0 1 10
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Allen 13 WR
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
19 14 148 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 83 996 5
K. Allen 19 14 148 1 21 22
M. Williams 81 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 471 7
M. Williams 3 3 52 0 20 5
T. Benjamin 12 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 44 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 107 1
T. Benjamin 2 2 44 1 46 10
A. Ekeler 30 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 22 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 37 376 3
A. Ekeler 8 5 22 0 10 4
J. Jackson 32 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 38 0
J. Jackson 1 1 19 0 19 13
Ty. Williams 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 533 5
Ty. Williams 2 1 14 0 14 1
A. Gates 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 239 2
A. Gates 1 0 0 0 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. King 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-9 3 0.0
D. King 9-1 0.0 0 0
J. Brown 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-23 0 1.0
J. Brown 6-5 0.0 0 0
J. Bosa 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 3.0
J. Bosa 4-2 1.0 0 0
A. Phillips 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-17 1 0.0
A. Phillips 4-3 0.0 0 0
C. Hayward 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-3 0 0.0
C. Hayward 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Addae 37 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-18 0 1.0
J. Addae 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. James 33 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
56-25 3 3.0
D. James 2-1 0.0 1 0
M. Davis 43 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-5 0 0.0
M. Davis 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Emanuel 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 0.0
K. Emanuel 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Philon 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-11 0 2.0
D. Philon 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Square 71 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-14 0 3.0
D. Square 1-3 0.0 0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 1.0
U. Nwosu 0-2 0.0 0 0
H. Pullard 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
H. Pullard 0-1 0.0 0 0
I. Rochell 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-8 1 4.0
I. Rochell 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Badgley 4 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
10/11 18/19
M. Badgley 1/2 29 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Jones 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 36.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
29 41.7 12
D. Jones 4 36.3 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 22.8 40 0
D. King 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. King 20 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 73.0 73 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 15.0 73 1
D. King 1 73.0 73 1
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 281 2 1 87.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66% 3945 26 13 95.1
B. Roethlisberger 29/45 281 2 1 21
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Conner 30 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 60 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
201 909 12
J. Conner 15 60 2 20 19
J. Samuels 38 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 31 0
J. Samuels 2 5 0 4 8
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
13 10 154 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 81 1028 12
A. Brown 13 10 154 1 46 21
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 49 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 83 1104 4
J. Smith-Schuster 9 6 49 0 16 4
V. McDonald 89 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 4 28 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 472 3
V. McDonald 7 4 28 0 10 2
J. Samuels 38 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 20 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 54 2
J. Samuels 3 3 20 1 10 8
J. Conner 30 RB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 52 467 1
J. Conner 4 3 14 0 10 19
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 223 1
R. Switzer 2 2 9 0 6 0
J. James 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 386 2
J. James 3 1 7 0 7 0
D. Heyward-Bey 88 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
D. Heyward-Bey 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Hunter 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 21 0
J. Hunter 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Fort 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-5 0 1.0
L. Fort 9-3 0.0 0 0
S. Davis 21 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-16 0 0.0
S. Davis 6-3 0.0 0 0
T. Edmunds 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-13 1 1.0
T. Edmunds 5-2 1.0 0 0
M. Hilton 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 1 0.0
M. Hilton 4-2 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-26 1 4.0
V. Williams 3-2 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-12 0 6.0
J. Hargrave 3-1 1.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-10 1 4.0
B. Dupree 3-1 0.0 0 0
C. Sensabaugh 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-5 0 0.0
C. Sensabaugh 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
33-6 1 0.0
J. Haden 2-1 0.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-14 0 3.0
S. Tuitt 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-14 0 6.0
C. Heyward 1-3 0.0 0 0
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-13 0 10.0
T. Watt 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Chickillo 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 1.0
A. Chickillo 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bostic 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-27 0 2.0
J. Bostic 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Allen 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Allen 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/4
SEASON FG XP
10/14 36/41
C. Boswell 1/1 48 3/4 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 51.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 44.5 21
J. Berry 4 51.0 2 63
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 19.6 35 0
R. Switzer 3 15.7 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 8.5 23 0
R. Switzer 1 9.0 9 0
J. Samuels 38 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
J. Samuels 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LAC 25 3:41 7 41 FG Miss
9:20 LAC 21 1:38 3 -9 Punt
4:41 LAC 25 3:37 6 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:36 LAC 21 3:12 6 11 Punt
5:13 LAC 17 1:34 3 7 Punt
2:40 LAC 25 1:05 5 14 Punt
0:17 LAC 25 0:17 1 1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:50 LAC 12 8:07 13 88 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:00 LAC 21 3:51 7 79 TD
4:10 LAC 25 4:10 11 64 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:19 PIT 42 1:59 4 58 TD
7:42 LAC 48 3:01 6 48 TD
1:04 PIT 25 5:28 14 53 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:24 PIT 11 2:11 3 9 Punt
3:39 LAC 34 0:59 4 4 FG
1:35 PIT 9 1:18 6 91 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 5:10 7 28 Punt
1:43 PIT 14 3:51 5 2 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:52 PIT 25 0:52 3 5 Punt
8:09 PIT 22 3:59 12 78 TD