Best Chargers moments at San Diego Stadium: 10. Antonio Gates’ 100th career touchdown
The Chargers hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on a Monday Night Football game to wrap up Week 5 of the 2015 NFL Season. The Bolts were 2-2 and were getting Antonio Gates back after he missed the previous 4 games due to a suspension.
The classic Rivers to Gates connection wasted no time this game, as they connected on a 12-yard touchdown on the Chargers first possession. Gates became the 10th player (and 2nd tight end) in NFL history to reach 100 receiving touchdowns.
It was also the 73rd time Rivers and Gates connected on a touchdown. The actual game was very close despite Michael Vick starting in place for the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Josh Lambo kicked a field goal to give the Chargers a 20-17 lead with just under three minutes remaining, but this gave Vick and the Steelers too much time.
Vick lead Pittsburgh all the way down the field, and the Steelers had the ball at the 1 yard line down by three points with five seconds left. After a Chargers timeout, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin decided to go for the win rather than force overtime with a field goal.
Running back Le’Veon Bell got the ball from a direct snap and ran in a touchdown on the last play of the game. But that doesn’t take away from the incredible moments Gates had in San Diego. This would also be the second to last Monday Night Football game that Qualcomm Stadium would host.