Sunday night’s tilt between the Chargers and Steelers has potentially big playoff implications for both sides. The Chargers are at 5-4 and currently ranked seventh and last in the playoffs for the 11 weeks of the season.
But the Chargers have been in trouble lately. Last week, in a 27-20 loss to the Vikings, Brandon Staley’s team collected just 253 total yards of offense, the second time in four games that they failed to reach the 300 mark. Los Angeles also has a differential of negative points, having been surpassed 228-219 so far this year.
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The game against the Steelers is at SoFi Stadium, which gives the Chargers a supposed home-court advantage, but they are just 2-3 at home, including losing their last two meetings at home.
The Steelers, meanwhile, are currently in fifth place in the playoffs picture at 5-3-1 after drawing with Detroit a week ago. Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to start for the Steelers after entering COVID protocols eight days ago, but passing them in time to gain clearance.
Before 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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Alabama’s product is the team’s leading running back and third-leading receiver and could carry more 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
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Steelers vs. Chargers, highlights
21:00: Roethlisberger hits Chase Claypool for 37 yards to LA 5. The Steelers are in prime position to regain the lead here early in the second.
8:59 pm: The second quarter begins with a 3-yard dash and a 5-yard dash. Now third and 2 out of LA 44 for the Steelers.
End of the first quarter: Chargers 7, Steelers 3
8:53 pm: The Steelers’ series after the touchdown is three plays, all for Najee Harris. Now third and 6 of the Steelers’ 40 for Pittsburgh.
8:47 pm: TOUCHDOWN CHARGERS. There’s no question about that as Austin Ekeler sprints forward and makes his way to the scoreboard. He finishes a play of 12 plays and 73 yards that consumed almost six minutes of clock. Chargers 7, Steelers 3 with 2:09 remaining in the first.
8:46 pm: The Chargers hit him but they get hit by illegal formation. He takes them back 5 yards to Pittsburgh’s 6 and a replay of the first down.
8:44 pm: At third and 3 from Pittsburgh’s 21st, Justin Herbert hits Williams again, this time for 17 yards. Bring up the first and the goal of 4.
8:40 pm: Los Angeles becomes third and 14 after hitting Mike Williams for 22 yards. That’s followed by a 5-yard catch by Jared Cook and an 11-yard catch by Keenan Allen. Chargers in midfield to 39 for the Steelers.
8:38 pm: The Chargers open their game at their own 27.
8:36 pm: FIELD GOAL STEEL. Boswell nails the 36 yards and the first points of the game are on the board. Steelers 3, Chargers 0 with 8:33 left in the game.
8:34 pm: The Steelers go three and out in the red zone and will send Chris Boswell to kick.
8:32 pm: After a 16-yard gain and two defensive penalties to the Chargers, the Steelers are officially in the red zone for the first time tonight. Second and 5 of the next 18.
8:28 pm: Roethlisberger hits tight end Pat Freiermuth to convert for third down once again. This time he’s going for 4 yards and the Steelers are closing in on midfield on their own 49.
8:27 pm: The first penalty of the game is against Joey Bosa of Los Angeles, who is hit for a neutral zone violation in second and fifth for the Steelers.
8:24 pm: Ben Roethlisberger’s first pass of the game is completed 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
- Date: Sunday November 21
- Kick off: 8:20 pm EST | 5:20 pm PST
For the third consecutive week, the “Sunday Night Football” game will have a local kick-off time at 5:20 pm PST, and for the second time in three weeks it will be at SoFi Stadium. As usual, it will start at 8:20 pm EST.
How to watch Sunday Night Football
- Television channel (national): NBC
- Live broadcast: Peacock, fuboTV
Steelers vs. Chargers will air nationally on NBC as the “Sunday Night Football” game in Week 11. The game will be hosted by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, with Michelle Tafoya on the sidelines.
In Canada, viewers can watch Steelers vs. Chargers on DAZN, which includes all NFL games as part of a 30-day free trial.
Steelers 2021 Schedule
|1||September 12||on invoices||1 pm ET||CBS|
|2||September 19th||against Raiders||1 pm ET||CBS|
|3||September 26||against Bengals||1 pm ET||CBS|
|4||October 3||in Packers||4:25 pm ET||CBS|
|5||October 10th||against the broncos||1 pm ET||Fox|
|6||October the 17th||against Seahawks||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
|8||31 October||in Browns||1 pm ET||CBS|
|9||November 8th||against bears||8:15 pm ET||ESPN|
|10||November 14th||against lions||1 pm ET||Fox|
|eleven||November 21||in the chargers||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
|12||November 28||in benga||1 pm ET||CBS|
|13||December 5th||against crows||4:25 pm ET||CBS|
|14||December 9||in the vikings||8:20 pm ET||Fox, NFLN, Amazon Prime|
|fifteen||Decembre 19th||against titans||1 pm ET||CBS|
|sixteen||December 26||in the bosses||4:25 pm ET||CBS|
|17||January 3||against browns||8:15 pm ET||ESPN|
|18||January 9th||in the crows||1 pm ET||CBS|
Charger Calendar 2021
|1||September 12||in Washington||1 pm ET||CBS|
|2||September 19th||against cowboys||4:25 pm ET||CBS|
|3||September 26||in the bosses||1 pm ET||CBS|
|4||4th of October||against Raiders||8:15 pm ET||ESPN|
|5||October 10th||against browns||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|6||October the 17th||in the crows||1 pm ET||CBS|
|8||31 October||against patriots||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|9||November 7||in Eagles||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|10||November 14th||against vikings||4:05 pm ET||Fox|
|eleven||November 21||against Steelers||8:20 pm ET||NBC|
|12||November 28||in the broncos||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|13||December 5th||in Bengals||1 pm ET||Fox|
|14||December 12th||against giants||4:05 pm ET||Fox|
|fifteen||December 16||against bosses||8:20 pm ET||Fox / NFLN / Amazon|
|sixteen||December 26||Texans||1 pm ET||CBS|
|17||January 2||against the broncos||4:05 pm ET||CBS|
|18||January 9th||in Raiders||4:25 pm ET||CBS|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.