Steelers Shock Chargers, 24-20

Tomlin goes for win instead of tie and Le'Veon Bell delivers as time expires.

At least no one can call the Michael Vick Steelers boring.

For the second consecutive week, a Steelers game was decided on the final play. This time it went the Steelers' way when Le'Veon Bell ran one yard for the game-winning touchdown as time expired, allowing the Steelers to walk out of Qualcomm Stadium with a 24-20 win over the San Diego Chargers.

For Vick, it was redemption for a loss in the previous game in which he overthrew Antonio Brown on fourth-and-1 in overtime.

Last night, Vick was overthrowing and just plain missing his receivers for three and a half quarters until he caught fire midway through the fourth quarter.

One play after the Chargers had taken a 17-10 lead, Vick threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton, who put a double move on cornerback Brandon Flowers to get open and score with 7:42 left to tie the game.

The Chargers then drove to the Pittsburgh 36, from where Josh Lambo kicked a 54-yard field goal with 2:56 left to take a 20-17 lead.

Inexplicably, the clock ran throughout a Steelers touchback on the ensuing kickoff and they took possession at their 20-yard line with 2:38 remaining.

Vick converted three third-down plays to move the ball to the San Diego one-yard line. The last conversion, a 16-yard pass to Heath Miller, stopped the clock with five seconds left because of an unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit by safety Jahleel Addai.

The penalty allowed the Steelers to save their final timeout, which helped them decide to go for the win.

Bell, the wildcat quarterback, took the snap and ran left behind fullback Roosevelt Nix and pulling guard David DeCastro. Bell was stopped initially, but he bounced left off a wall of bodies and dragged Donald Butler behind him as Bell reached the ball over the goal line for the touchdown.

Bell landed on the ground with two seconds remaining, but the clock continued to roll and time expired on the play.

"I wanted to end the game right there and I'm glad I did," said Bell.

"We've got to run the football. We've got Le'Veon Bell," said Mike Tomlin. "We had an opportunity to win the game. We were on the road in a hostile environment. We've got to play to win."

The shocking win may have reversed a Steelers season that now has them at 3-2 with Ben Roethlisberger hoping to play next Sunday at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

Vick finished last night's game with 13 completions in 26 attempts for 203 yards a touchdown and an interception.

Bell rushed 21 times for 111 yards and the game-winning touchdown.

The Steelers also scored on a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown by cornerback Antwon Blake late in the third quarter and a 47-yard field goal by debuting kicker Chris Bowman in the second quarter.


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