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Chargers Out of Gas; Out of the Postseason After 35-24 Loss to Steelers

One play.

That’s all the Chargers had on offense in the third quarter on Sunday, as the Chargers were dominated to the tune of 14:43 to :17 in time of possession as the Steelers scored a key touchdown and gained total momentum in a season ending 35-24 loss. Now that wasn’t the only reason the Chargers lost, as the team couldn’t stop the run all day, nor build on early momentum after going up 7-0 just three minutes into the game.

From there though, there were breakdowns all over the place. The special teams allowed Santonio Holmes a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie the game, the run defense allowed 165 yards to the Steelers, and the offense couldn’t get the team back in the game after falling behind 14-10 right before the end of the first half.

Philip Rivers was on early, as he hit Vincent Jackson for a niffty for a 41-yard score after a four-play drive to start the game. Then after Holmes brought back a punt for a score to make it 7-7, the Chargers took their last lead of the game on a Nate Kaeding 42-yard field goal to make it 10-7 with 1:56 left in the half. That would be the last time the Chargers would see the lead.

The Steelers got their offense going, with the big play being a 41-yard pass play from Ben Roethlisberger to Hines Ward to get them to the three-yard line. From there with :40 left in the half, Willie Parker went in for the first of his two scores to make it 14-10. Little did the Chargers know that would be just the start of their defense being on the field – a lot.

Pittsburgh started the second half with a drive that had three third down conversions, big runs, big passes, and a throw from Roethlisberger to tight end Heath Miller from 8 yards out to give the Steelers a 21-10 lead at the 7:04 mark of the third quarter. Darren Sproles gave the team a lift with a great kick return to the Steelers 23, but on their one play of the quarter, Rivers’ pass was tipped by Brett Keisel, and Larry Foote picked it off.

The fourth quarter showed the Steelers again running the ball with great success, and even after the Chargers had a goal-line stand, a ball bounce off a head of their own player on a punt resulting in a turnover, and a touchdown to make it 28-17, they still were not able to stop the Steelers on the ground.

Parker went in from 16 yards out, and Sproles had a great 62-yard catch and run for the final score with 1:53 to go to close out the scoring at 35-24. In the end, the Chargers just didn’t have it, the injuries were key, but the inability to stop the Steelers was bigger. A good season of ups and downs ends on a very down note.

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One Response to “Chargers Out of Gas; Out of the Postseason After 35-24 Loss to Steelers”

  1. jamesy1044 says:

    I will direct this to our great fans, but mostly to Alex Spanos: GET RID OF NORV, NOW!!! Do not pass go but DO collect a Lombardi Trophy. We are at a crossroads here. Rebound from a disasterous start is no reason to retain a swell guy with NO history of winning as a head coach. He has inherited some great teams with superior athletes twice before and ridden them ever downward.
    The idiots in S.F. have released Martz who would (stay with me now) make a fabulous O.C. under MIKE SHANAHAN!!!! MIGOD WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY THIS WOULD BE. Shanahan has always won, his personality will not accept anything less. He became stale in Denver, hey people do!! With Martz at OC, keeping Rivera at D.C. and fully utilizing the superior talent that makes up the Chargers roster PLUS a QB with the potential to be one of the all time greats, we could all ride that wagon to Superbowl heaven, multiple times.
    FACT: At least twice, probably three times or even four, counting the Fouts/ Winslow era, the San Diego Chargers have been, hands down, the best, most talented team in the league.
    RESULTING NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS: zero, he says, head hanging.
    ALEX, BUDDY, I BESEECH THEE! I know you have busted butt and wallet alike to give us the best… please do not ignore this opportunity to hoist, for your fans and yourself, that ever elusive Lombardi Trophy. I know you are a fine man and a gentleman, but this is waaay bigger than Norv’s feelings.
    If anyone knows how to contact him PLEASE FWD THIS TO HIS ATTENTION.

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