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Los Angeles Chargers show their mettle in Steel City

By John Wozniak
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers congratulates Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after the game on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. San Diego won the game 34-24. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 09: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers congratulates Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers after the game on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. San Diego won the game 34-24. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers show their mettle and move to 9-3 with a 33-30 win in Pittsburgh

Chargers Hall-of-Famer LaDainian Tomlinson gave his thoughts on the Chargers, via NFL Network.

“This team doesn’t really have a weakness.”

The prime time showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers was a game of two halves. The first belonged to the Steelers who went into the locker room at half time leading 23-7. The Chargers replied by putting up 23 unanswered points. 2018 has been an intriguing season and Sunday Night Football didn’t disappoint.

Rallying the troops

Forget the stats. This is about capturing the moment. Whatever was said in the Chargers locker room at half time worked. Coach Lynn rallied his team to an unthinkable comeback. It has not always been easy watching the Chargers. In 2018 the Bolts have shown that their a team willing to fight for every play.

Forget the stats. This is about capturing the moment.

Melvin Gordon‘s absence raised questions as to whether or not the Chargers could cope against a good Steelers team, well they did. ‘Next-man up’ is a cliche often used in the NFL. Justin Jackson had some big shoes to fill. Jackson finished the game with a touchdown, enough said.

Clutch play

The Bolts have had their problems on special teams but the field-goal unit executed when it mattered. Mike Badgley missed his field goal attempt with three seconds left on the clock but a flag on the Steelers special teams moved the chains five yards. On the next play Badgley was blocked, another flag was tossed. Offside, Steelers. Third-time lucky. Badgley held his nerve and made the three points, sealing an important win.

Twitter Response

Huston Texans elite pass rusher J.J. Watt tweeted before the game in support of his brothers, Derek (Chargers) and T.J. (Steelers).

Decisions, decisions…. pic.twitter.com/VKrmQkyrRM

— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 3, 2018

The Watt brothers exchanged jerseys after the game. Their reciprocal gestures were captured by the media.

.@DerekWatt34 & @_TJWatt exchange jerseys after #LACvsPIT! pic.twitter.com/IytgtmYcVE

— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2018

Keenan Allen had ‘another day’. The Chargers wideout has established himself as one the top players in the league. His awareness and brilliant reaction in the end zone paid off.

How did @Keenan13Allen come up with that?!?#SNF | #LACvsPIT pic.twitter.com/yGXKaXRFrT

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) December 3, 2018

The Checkdown captured the emotions of Philip Rivers.

The many faces of Philip Rivers pic.twitter.com/rEaaO8qOSu

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 3, 2018

Closing out

Tonight’s comeback by the Chargers is a measure of their progress under Coach Lynn. Mike Tomlin’s post-game comments, or lack of, sum up his feelings. He probably thought that the Steelers had the game sewn up at half-time. There’s something different about the 2018 Chargers. They have belief. There are four regular games remaining, can the Chargers overtake the Kansas City Chiefs to clinch the AFC West. The Bolts are on a high, Desmond King will sleep easy tonight, great run No.20.

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