Justin Herbert, Chargers hold off Steelers rally
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Justin Herbert threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 2:17 remaining and the Chargers held off the Steelers 41-37 on Sunday night.
Los Angeles (6-4) had a 27-10 lead going into the fourth quarter before the Steelers (5-4-1) rallied to take a 37-34 lead on Chris Boswell’s 45-yard field goal with 3:24 left. Los Angeles took control at the 25. They scored four plays after Williams had been wide open.
Herbert was 31 of 41 and ran for 382 yard with three touchdowns. His rushing total of 90 yards was the best by a Chargers’ quarterback in a single game. Keenan Allen was responsible for nine receptions and 112 yards. Williams got 97 yards from five catches.
Austin Ekeler had a record four touchdowns. Ekeler had 115 yards of scrimmage (65 receiving and 50 rushing). He is now the ninth Super Bowl player to have at least two receiving or rushing scores.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns for Pittsburgh after missing last week’s game against Detroit after testing positive for COVID-19.
Diontae Johnson had seven catches for 101 yards. Najee Harris was stopped to 39 yards, and a TD.
Two of Pittsburgh’s scores during its rally came off Chargers’ mistakes. Harris scored on a 1-yard run to get the Steelers to 27-20, four plays after Miles Killebrew blocked Ty Long’s punt and it rolled out of bounds at the LA 3.
Ekeler scored his fourth point of the game to put the Chargers up two points. Steelers had 17 consecutive points in the first half and took the lead. Roethlisberger connected to Eric Ebron and returned it to the 10. On the ensuing drive, Cameron Sutton picked off Herbert’s pass intended for Allen and returned it to the 10. Three plays later, Pat Freiermuth secured the win with a 5-yard touchdown run.
After Pittsburgh took the opening kickoff and scored on Chris Boswell’s 36-yard field goal, Ekeler put Los Angeles on top 7-3 with a 6-yard carry off left tackle.
Ekeler extended his lead to 14-3 in the 2nd quarter. He recieved a 10-yard touchdown on Herbert’s checkdown. His best play of the night though came on his third TD, when he took a screen from Herbert, juked Steelers’ cornerback James Pierre, broke a tackle by Terrell Edmunds and then dragged Taco Charlton the last 3 yards into the end zone.