Sunday, December 9, 2012

Chargers Rock Steelers 34-24

Steelers Listless In Loss To Chargers

In my previous post, I noted Steelers have had problems with much weaker teams. Chargers reinforced that observation.

Chargers were 0-14 at the Steelers.  Under Coach Tomlin, the Steelers never lost to the Chargers. Those impressive stats came to a crashing end today.

Steelers appeared lethargic. Quite frankly, they didn't play competitive football today. They didn't play Steelers football.

The turning point appeared to be the third quarter. Steelers defense allowed San Diego to go 5-5 in converting third downs.

In addition, Steelers committed eight penalties including two for holding and a false start. Special teams committed two penalties both for holding. One of those holding penalties on Heyward had the Steelers start possession on their own 8 yard line. That was followed by attempted quick sideline pass to Antonio Brown and a broken play resulting in the ball bouncing off the back of TE David Paulson. The ball bounced into the end zone and was pounced on by San Diego's Quentin Jammer making the score 27-3 Chargers (The play was reviewed but upheld).

The one bright spot in the game included two touchdowns in the final six minutes.

Steelers now stand at 7-6. At this time last year, they were 10-3. If the Steelers hope to play in January, they will need to win their final three games (Dallas, Cincinnati and Cleveland). This is not the first season they've been in this situation. If anyone can do it, the Steelers have proven they can.

The Numbers:
  • Time of Possession: Steelers 23:14 to Chargers 36:46.
  • Steelers Play Selection: 71% passing and 29% rushing.
  • First Downs: Steelers 18 to Chargers 19.
  • Roethlisberger 22/42 for 285 yards and 3 TD's. 1 Interception.
  • Dwyer Rushing: 8 attempts for 32 yards.
  • Wallace: 7 receptions for 112 yards. 2 TD's.
  • Miller: 5 receptions for 66 yards.
  • Brown: 4 receptions for 35 yards.  1 TD.
  • Chargers outscored Steelers in the first three quarters.

Next Game:

Sunday, Dec. 16 at Dallas. 4:25 p.m