Herbert threw for 382 yards, the Chargers hold up against the Steelers
Englewood, California. Justin Herbert threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 2:17 minutes remaining, and the Los Angeles Chargers held out the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-37 on Sunday night.
Los Angeles (6-4) had a 27-10 lead in the fourth quarter before the Steelers (5-4-1) took a 37-34 lead on Chris Boswell’s 45-yard field goal with 3:24 left. Los Angeles took charge at 25 and scored four plays later when Williams was wide open and didn’t touch the left touchline.
Herbert was 30 of 41 for 382 yards and three touchdowns. He had a 90-yard dash, the most in a Chargers game. Kenan Allen had nine receptions for 112 yards, and Williams had 97 yards in five catches.
Austin Eckler has scored four touchdowns in his career. Ekeler, who had 115 dribbling yards (65 receiving, 50 rushing), is the ninth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two rushing yards and two points per game.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns to Pittsburgh after he missed last week’s game against Detroit after testing positive for COVID-19.
Deontay Johnson had seven catches for 101 yards. Nagy Harris was held at 39 yards and TD
Two of Pittsburgh’s results during its rally came from the Chargers’ errors. Harris scored a goal in a 1-yard run to lift the Steelers to 27-20, four plays after Myles Kelibrew blocked Tay Long’s kick and ran out of bounds at Los Angeles 3.
Ekeler put the Chargers back up with two points with his fourth lead of the game before the Steelers scored 17 consecutive points to take the lead. Roethlisberger reached out to Eric Ebron for 5 yards from the TD to pull her from 34 to 27. On the next track, Cameron Sutton picked up Herbert’s pass for Allen and put it back to No. 10. Pat Freymouth tied three plays later at 5 yards from the TD.
After Pittsburgh took the kick off and Chris Boswell’s 36-yard field goal, Eckler put Los Angeles in first 7-3 with 6 yards from a left tackle.
Ekeler extended the difference to 14-3 with 3:42 remaining in the second quarter with a 10-yard reception on an entry from Herbert. His best play of the night, though, came on his third TD, when he took a screen off Herbert, attacked Steelers cornerback James Pierre, broke Terrell Edmonds’ entry, and then pulled Taco Charlton another 3 yards into the end zone. 24-10 three minutes into the third quarter.
The Steelers were about to take the lead in their second drive. They had a first and a goal in 5 and got to 2 but they couldn’t score. Roethlisberger completed a pass to Friermuth in fourth and goal but was stopped by Derwin James and Joe Gaziano with no profit.
Steelers: JC Hasnauer picked up a shoulder injury during the first half and hasn’t come back. … CB Maulet was evaluated for concussion during the fourth quarter.
Chargers: CB Ashanti Samuel Jr. presented with a concussion during the fourth quarter. …Assistant offensive line coach Sean Sarrett missed the match due to a non-COVID illness.
Steelers: In Cincinnati on Sunday.
Chargers: In Denver on Sunday.
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