Blown coverage. Blown calls Blown chances.
Wait, that’s the storyline of the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 41-37 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Here’s what the writers in California had to say about the wild ending and victory for the boys in powder blue.
“The Steelers scored 27 points in a stretch of barely 10 minutes in the final quarter to take the unlikeliest of leads before Justin Herbert and Mike Williams rescued the win at SoFi Stadium,” wrote Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times.
Justin Herbert speaks to the media. https://t.co/kL0YkfAOb1
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) November 22, 2021
Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribue gushed over Herbert’s performance. He gave a nod to Steelers Nation.
“Under the blinding Sunday night lights, before Al, Cris and half of Pittsburgh’s noisy population, Justin Herbert entered like a rock star, playing loud, scoring on his first five drives, and totaling nearly 500 yards,” he wrote.
Did the Steelers really take the lead in the fourth quarter?
But it hardly mattered.
“The Chargers averaged 7.7 yards per play while amassing 533 yards of total offense, but Pittsburgh made two key plays late in the fourth quarter — a blocked punt and an interception — that allowed it to mount that late comeback and even briefly take the late lead,” wrote Jake Aferiat of the Sporting News.
Sports talk show host Skip Bayless actually summarized the game as a moral victory for the Steelers.
“Down so many defensive stars, the Steelers did a remarkable job of storming back to take the lead – Ben sure looked like vintage Ben,” he tweeted. “Only one late defensive breakdown cost them from winning what sounded like a home game at Chargers. Moral victory.”
Do you agree with Skip, Steelers Nation?
On to Cincinnati.