Steelers give up halftime lead in loss to Chargers

Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) celebrates with fullback Roosevelt Nix-Jones (45) after scoring his second touchdown of the game in the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH — The Los Angeles Chargers missed a 39-yard field goal wide left, but were given another chance with an offsides call.

The Chargers had a 34-yard field goal on the ensuing chance blocked, but another offsides call gave the Chargers yet another chance.

Those two penalties on the Steelers gave Los Angeles the chance to win, as Los Angeles kicker Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal to lift the Chargers to an exciting 33-30 win over the Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday night in a huge game in terms of the AFC playoff picture.

“It’s good to win on a kick like this, it’s been awhile,” Los Angels Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said in an on-field postgame interview.

The Chargers (9-3) trailed the Steelers (7-4-1) entering the second half by 16 points. That’s when Los Angeles scored 23 consecutive points to take its first lead of the game, 30-23.

Pittsburgh running back James Conner exited the game with an injury during the fourth quarter.

Philip Rivers was 26 for 36 with 299 passing yards and two touchdowns. Keenan Allen was on the receiving end of 14 of those completions, as he had a team-high 148 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Ben Roethlisberger went 29 for 45 for 281 yards and two touchdown passes and Conner led the team on the ground with 60 rushing yards on 15 carries and two rushing touchdowns before he left the game.

The Steelers took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Conner scored both touchdowns for Pittsburgh from a yard out both times.

Los Angeles cut the deficit down thanks to a 46-yard touchdown pass from Rivers.

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