Chargers fall to Steelers 24-20 on last-second touchdown

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SAN DIEGO — Le’Veon Bell dove into the endzone as time expired to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 24-20 win over the Chargers Monday night.

Rookie kicker Josh Lambo nailed a career-long 54-yard field goal with 2:59 to play to give the Chargers a 20-17 lead, but Steelers backup quarterback Michael Vick led Pittsburgh 80 yards down the field, setting up the final touchdown from Bell.

Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns — the 100th and 101st of his career — after missing the first four games of the season for a performance-enhancing drug suspension. In the process he become just the ninth player in NFL history with 100 career touchdown receptions.

Philip Rivers started his franchise-record 149th straight game for the Chargers and threw for 365 yards, two touchdowns and one costly interception that was return for a Steelers touchdown in the second quarter.

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 2-3 on the season, while the Steelers improved to 3-2.

Next week the Chargers travel to Green Bay to take on the 5-0 Packers.

 

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