It was a banner win for the Chargers, who at times look like the type of team that could make a deep playoff run. But, he missed just left of the upright with no time left on the clock. Badgley's ensuing 34-yard attempt was blocked, but the Steelers were again flagged for jumping across the line of scrimmage before the snap. This time, it was the Steelers collapsing.
For Pittsburgh, it was the team's largest blown lead since 1981, and the Steelers' largest blown lead at home in franchise history. He drilled his third attempt at the game-winner, and the Chargers gleefully declined another Pittsburgh penalty while they poured onto the field in celebration.
Los Angeles had a lackluster opening two quarters, which was a complete turnaround from last week's record breaking performance by Rivers. Rivers moved the Chargers downfield with little issue.
The Chargers scored again on their next offensive drive and held off the Steelers by controlling the clock at the end.
They've bounced back, of course, and now the onus is on the Steelers to do the same.
Roethlisberger threw for 281 yards with two scores and an interception for the Steelers.
Conner, who's done an excellent job replacing Le'Veon Bell in the backfield, went down with an apparent leg injury.
Austin Ekeler was given the first crack at filling in for Gordon but managed just one yard on eight carries in the first half.
But the Steelers defense had to do something it rarely did after halftime, and that was get a stop.
So the longtime Los Angeles quarterback gathered his teammates around him and delivered a very blunt message.
According to ESPN Stats & Information research, it was Allen's ninth career game with 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards, third-most by any player since 2013 behind only Antonio Brown and Julio Jones.
The Chargers, however, responded thanks in part to a questionable non-call by the officials. Now Pittsburgh heads into the final quarter of the season having its once comfortable lead in the AFC North trimmed to just a half-game over surging Baltimore (7-5). Three of the Chargers' four possessions ended with a punt - one a three-and-out -and the fourth was cut short for halftime.