The San Diego Chargers should be embarrassed, and with a 2-3 record against the teams that they have faced, they deserve the talk that they're already out of the playoff race behind the 5-0 Denver Broncos.
Philip Rivers played alright. He had less yards per attempt than Michael Vick, and just as many turnovers. It seemed the only passes he was having success with were the ones to Antonio Gates, who was amazing in his return from PED suspension.
The Chargers offense struggled for most of the night, doing their best to get Melvin Gordon involved (94 total yards on 22 touches) and dealing with even more injuries along the offensive line.
The Chargers defense, to its credit, held the Steelers in check for most of this game. In fact, they had only given up 3 points in 9 drives to the Pittsburgh Steelers offense before the final two drives, where they gave up two touchdowns. Unfortunately, they will get some deserved criticism for shrinking in the biggest moments of the game.
Those last two drives highlighted Michael Vick as a player. Sure, he's older and not the player he once was, but he still has a cannon for an arm and he can still make plays with his legs to pick up the first down. That's why the Steelers signed him, and that's why they're exiting this game with a 3-2 record.
Come back to BFTB tomorrow for a full, detailed analysis of what happened in this one. For now, just know that the Chargers are not healthy enough, or well-coached enough, to beat a team like the Steelers.