INGLEWOOD, Calif. (NWN) — Justin Herbert threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 2:17 remaining as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-37 on Sunday night.
Los Angeles (6-4) took a 27-10 lead in the fourth quarter, before the Steelers (5-4-1) took a 37-34 lead with 3:24 on a 45-yard field goal from Chris Boswell. Rally to take Los Angeles captured 25 and made four plays later when Williams was wide open and missed from the left bank.
“We had originally called an out route for Keenan, but the cornerback was covering the flat really hard. Justin told me to be ready. I was open and ran straight to the end zone,” Williams said.
Herbert was 30 for 41 for 382 yards and three touchdowns. He had 90 yards to spare, which is the most in a game by a Chargers quarterback. Keenan Allen had nine receptions for 112 yards, and Williams had 97 yards on five catches.
“We did a great job getting the ball moving and responding when needed,” Herbert said. “It definitely got a little too close. We had our chances to pull it off. The defense did a great job with the stops and then we scored what was a big day for us.”
Austin Eckler had a career-high four touchdowns. Eckeler, who had 115 scrimmage yards (65 receiving, 50 rushing), is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two rushing and two receiving scores in a game.
The Chargers generated an offense of 533 yards, their fourth-highest since 2000. It is also tied for the eighth most runs the Steelers have allowed in a game in franchise history.
“I thought we had them,” said Steelers receiver Dionte Johnson, who took seven catches for 101 yards. “But this is football. Things are going to happen, and we didn’t react the way we should have.”
Ben Roethlisberger went through 273 yards and three touchdowns for Pittsburgh after missing last week’s game against Detroit after testing positive for COVID-19. 39 yards to Nazi Harris and a TD . was placed on
During their rally, two of Pittsburgh’s scores stemmed from mistakes by the Chargers. Harris scored in a run of 1 yard to get the Steelers 27-20, after four plays Miles Kilbrough blocked Ty Long’s punt and it went out of bounds at LA 3.
Eckeler trailed the Chargers by two points with their fourth score of the game, before the Steelers scored 17 straight points to take the lead. Roethlisberger linked up with Erik Ebron for a 5-yard TD, allowing him to draw 34-27 tons. On the ensuing drive, Cameron Sutton picked up Herbert’s pass intended for Allen and returned it to 10. Pat Freermuth tied it three plays later on a 5-yard TD run.
After Williams scored the lead, Pittsburgh held on to 25. Roethlisberger was sacked twice and the Steelers eventually changed it to Down on 3, where the Chargers went out in the final 1:15.
After Pittsburgh took the opening kickoff and scored on Chris Boswell’s 36-yard field goal, Eckeler kept Los Angeles top 7-3 with a 6-yard carry-off left tackle.
Eckeler extended the lead to 14-3 with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter with a 10-yard reception at check-down from Herbert. His best play of the night though came on his third TD, when he took a screen from Herbert, Juke Steelers cornerback James Pierre, breaking a tackle from Terrell Edmonds and then pulling Taco Charlton for the final 3 yards to make it up. Moved to the last zone. 24-10 three minutes in the third quarter.
The Steelers were on the verge of taking the lead on their second drive. They had their first goal on 5 and they reached 2 but could not score. Roethlisberger completed a pass to Friermuth on the fourth and on goal but was stopped for no avail by Darwin James and Joe Gazziano.
Steelers: G Jesse Hasnauer suffered a shoulder injury during the first half and did not return. … CB Moulet’s valuation was in for a shock during the fourth quarter.
Chargers: CB Asante Samuel Jr. suffered an injury during the fourth quarter. … Assistant offensive line coach Sean Surratt missed the game due to non-COVID illness.
Steelers: Sunday in Cincinnati.
Chargers: In Denver on Sunday.
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