Sunday night’s tilt between the Chargers and Steelers has potentially big-time playoff implications for the two sides. The Chargers sit at 5-4 and currently in the seventh and final playoff spot through 11 weeks of the season.
But the Chargers have struggled of late. Last week in a 27-20 loss to the Vikings, Brandon Staley’s squad mustered just 253 total yards of offense — the second time in four games they failed to reach the 300 mark. Los Angeles has also a negative point differential, having been outscored 228-219 so far this year.
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The game against the Steelers is at SoFi Stadium, giving the Chargers a supposed homefield advantage, but they’re just 2-3 at home, including having lost their last two home matchups.
The Steelers, meanwhile currently sit at fifth in the playoff picture at 5-3-1 after tying Detroit a week ago. Longtime quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to start for the Steelers after entering COVID protocols eight days ago, but passing them in time to get cleared.
Prior to the tie, Pittsburgh had won four in a row behind Roethlisberger and a strong defense. Rookie Najee Harris has also impressed, with nearly 1,000 yards from scrimmage so far this year, as well as six total touchdowns.
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The Alabama product is the team’s leading rusher and third-leading receiver and could shoulder more of the load as Pittsburgh’s offense will need to be on point without star defenders TJ Watt and Joe Haden.
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Steelers vs. Chargers score
Steelers vs. Chargers updates, highlights
9:12 p.m.: Another 18-yard run for Herbert followed by an 18-yard pass and it’s now second-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 10 for LA.
9:09 p.m.: The Chargers are looking at third-and-6 from their own 28 and Herbert scrambles and keeps it for 18 yards to the LA 46. Nearing midfield.
9:06 p.m.: Ekeler takes it for 10 yards and a first down as the Chargers now have a more manageable field.
9:03 p.m.: The Steelers go 73 yards on 12 plays but turn it over on downs at the Chargers’ 2 yard line. That’s where LA takes over to begin its next drive.
9:00 p.m.: Roethlisberger hits Chase Claypool for 37 yards to the LA 5. Steelers in prime position to retake the lead here early in the second.
8:59 p.m.: The second quarter starts with a 3 yard run and a 5 yard run. Now third-and-2 from the LA 44 for the Steelers.
End first quarter: Chargers 7, Steelers 3
8:53 p.m.: The Steelers’ drive following the touchdown is three plays, all of them to Najee Harris. Now third-and-6 from the Steelers’ 40 for Pittsburgh.
8:47 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. No doubt about that one as Austin Ekeler runs straight ahead and barrels his way through for the score. Caps off a 12 play, 73-yard drive that chewed nearly six minutes of clock. Chargers 7, Steelers 3 with 2:09 left in the first.
8:46 p.m.: The Chargers punch it in but get hit for illegal formation. Drives them back 5 yards to the Pittsburgh 6 and a replay of first down.
8:44 p.m.: On third-and-3 from the Pittsburgh 21, Justin Herbert hits Williams again, this time for 17 yards. Brings up first-and-goal from the 4.
8:40 p.m.: Los Angeles converts on third-and-14 after hitting Mike Williams for 22 yards. That’s followed up by 5-yard catch by Jared Cook and an 11-yard grab by Keenan Allen. Chargers across midfield to the Steelers’ 39.
8:38 p.m.: The Chargers open their game at their own 27.
8:36 p.m.: FIELD GOAL STEELERS. Boswell nails the the 36 yarder and the game’s first points are on the board. Steelers 3, Chargers 0 with 8:33 left in the game.
8:34 p.m.: The Steelers go three-and-out in the red zone and will send Chris Boswell on to kick.
8:32 p.m.: After a gain of 16 yards and two defensive penalties on the Chargers, the Steelers are officially in the red zone for the first time tonight. Second-and-5 from the 18 upcoming.
8:28 p.m.: Roethlisberger hits tight end Pat Freiermuth to convert on third down once again. This time it goes for 4 yards and the Steelers are nearing midfield at their own 49.
8:27 p.m.: The game’s first penalty is against Los Angeles’ Joey Bosa, who gets hit for a neutral zone infraction Second-and-5 upcoming for the Steelers.
8:24 p.m.: Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass of the game is complete to Chase Claypool on third down and the Steelers convert. Gain of 8 on the play.
8:23 pm.: The Steelers start the game with the ball at their own 25.
Steelers vs. Chargers start time
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 21
- Kickoff: 8:20 p.m. EST | 5:20 p.m. PST
For the third straight week, the “Sunday Night Football” game will have a 5:20 p.m. PST local kickoff time, and for the second time in three weeks it will be in SoFi Stadium. As usual, it will begin at 8:20 p.m. EST.
How to watch Sunday Night Football
- TV channel (national): NBC
- Live Stream: Peacock, fuboTV
Steelers vs. Chargers will be broadcast nationally on NBC as the “Sunday Night Football” game in Week 11. The game will be called by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, with Michelle Tafoya on the sideline.
In Canada, viewers can watch Steelers vs. Chargers on DAZN, which includes every NFL game as part of a 30-day free trial.
Steelers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Bills||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Raiders||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||vs. Bengals||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 3||at Packers||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Broncos||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|6||Oct. 17||vs. Seahawks||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|8||Oct. 31||at Browns||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 8||vs. Bears||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Lions||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||at Chargers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 28||at Benga||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||vs. Ravens||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|14||Dec. 9||at Vikings||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox, NFLN, Amazon Prime|
|15||Dec. 19||vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|16||Dec. 26||at Chiefs||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 3||vs. Browns||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|18||Jan. 9||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
Chargers schedule 2021
|1||Sept. 12||at Washington||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 19||vs. Cowboys||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 26||at Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 4||vs. Raiders||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|5||Oct. 10||vs. Browns||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|6||Oct. 17||at Ravens||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 31||vs. Patriots||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|9||Nov. 7||at Eagles||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 14||vs. Vikings||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|11||Nov. 21||vs. Steelers||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|12||Nov. 28||at Broncos||4:05 p.m ET||CBS|
|13||Dec. 5||at Bengals||1 p.m. ET||Fox|
|14||Dec. 12||vs. Giants||4:05 p.m. ET||Fox|
|15||Dec. 16||vs. Chiefs||8:20 p.m. ET||Fox/NFLN/Amazon|
|16||Dec. 26||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|17||Jan. 2||vs. Broncos||4:05 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 9||at Raiders||4:25 p.m. ET||CBS|