San Diego, Ca – Who’s says you never get a second chance, just ask Mike Vick, Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh Steelers. One week later with a chance to win the game on 1st and goal :05 seconds left in the game Tomlin puts the ball in hands of his best playmaker Le’Veon Bell. By know you know the rest Bell lined up in the wildcat from 1 yard line and showed his patient running style over left side and reached across the goal line while resting on Chargers arm for 24-20 victory.
Just think back to Steelers previous game a Thursday night loss to the Ravens which had them in similar situation to win the game but ball never touched Bell’s hands. So yes the Steelers have learned quickly from their mistakes and handed the San Diego Chargers a tough loss to swallow. This loss now has the Chargers at 2-3 record but Quarterback Phillip Rivers said, “We have to move on…”
The Chargers fans got to see their pro bowl tight end Antonio Gates return after is four game suspension. He didn’t disappoint by catching team high 9 passes 92 yards and two touchdowns. Gates first score tonight on Monday Night Football was his career 100th touchdown catch, not a bad way to return to action.
Rivers’ showed by his passing distribution that he was glad to have another big target back at his disposal. Completing 35/48 pass for 365 yards, 2 touchdowns and the unfortunate interception. In the second half Rivers was in complete control directing the offense from the line and reading the Steelers defense. There were many big plays that happen because of him reading the defense and call the correct play to counter. Just need few more plays to have this game go in other direction.
Steelers fans can now see what Tomlin was thinking when he called Vick off the couch few weeks ago to be Ben Roethlisberger backup. Now Vick didn’t have best day but when it counted he conducted final drive of 80 yards starting with 2:56 left on clock (2:38 1st Play from Scrimmage). Vick thoughts on game was, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”
The Steelers (3-2) will travel back home to Heinz Field to host the hot Arizona Cardinals (4-1) Sunday October 18th at 1pm ET. San Diego (2-3) will travel east to face the Green Bay (5-0) also on Sunday October 18th at 4:25pm ET.