Chargers' dismal play dooms comeback hopes in loss to Steelers

Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Football

CARSON, Calif. -- With their stadium dominated by fans of the opposing team, the Los Angeles Chargers had to do something Sunday night to get the home crowd into the game.

Instead, they immediately fell behind by two touchdowns for the second consecutive week, were scoreless into the fourth quarter and ran out of time in trying to come back in a 24-17 loss to Pittsburgh.

The Steelers came to Carson with only one win but triumphed while using their third-string quarterback.

The Chargers fell to 2-4 as they again looked largely disjointed on offense and struggled to tackle.

After doing little for three quarters, they closed to within one score with a 17-point fourth quarter. But their final possession ended when Philip Rivers was intercepted in the last minute.

All this unfolded on a night when Dignity Health Sports Park was packed with noisy Steelers fans waving yellow towels and chanting for "DE-fence!"


The Chargers have struggled to establish themselves in Los Angeles since moving here from San Diego before the 2017 season. But the atmosphere for this game was about as inhospitable for the Chargers team as any home game yet.

Even worse, the whole thing was chronicled for the entire country to see by NBC and its "Sunday Night Football" crew, the Chargers' woes on and off the field glaring.

The good news? The team will go on the road for its next two games and plays only once in Carson until mid-December.

That Nov. 3 game is against Green Bay, another opponent with feverish fans who could take over Dignity Health Sports Park.


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