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Steelers Stunned at Home by Chargers; Blow 23-7 Lead to Lose 33-30 on Final Play

1. A Deflated Defense

The Steelers went into the halftime locker room feeling great, leading by 16 points at 23-7, having played well on both sides of the ball, and other than a missed PAT by Chris Boswell, rather mistake free.

Then the second half started.

The first glaring thing about the second half was the lack of anything on the defensive side of the ball. The team wasn’t able to get to Philip Rivers (they had two sacks, but not nearly enough pressure), and then on final two drives the Chargers suddenly were able to run the ball, gouging the Steelers front seven.

Without Melvin Gordon, some guy named Justin Jackson came in and basically took the game over for Los Angeles, showing no fear of the Steelers run D, rushing for 63 yards and the score that made it 30-23.

Never mind the fact that the Steelers simply never stopped Keenan Allen, who ended the night with 14 catches for 148 yards and a score.

It was a crap effort in the second half by the defense, a massive letdown, and there had better be a ton of soul searching right now in that locker room.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. Dave B.

    December 3, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    The Steelers are not a championship caliber football team , period . You cant be as inconsistent as the Steelers are , great game one week and lose to a lesser team the next week and honestly think youre going to compete for a Super Bowl . Bottom line , its not going to happen . We may all hate Brady and the Patriots , but the fact is thats why theyre in the big game every year and Brady has five rings . Theyre consistent year in and year out . They beat the teams theyre supposed to beat . The Steelers dont and they havent for a long time . Thats the Mike Tomlin regime .

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