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Steelers DigestSteelers Digest

Steelers Digest December 16, 2018

Steelers Digest is the official fan publication of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each issue provides game previews, inside information, award-winning columns and features, and complete statistics. Steelers Digest is published 12 times a year, twice per month throughout the NFL regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.

United States
Curtis Publishing
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12 Issues


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a truly disappointing night

Let’s get this out of the way first: Officiating in the NFL stinks. It stinks in general, and it stunk particularly in the Sunday night game at Heinz Field, because what other word but “stink” deserves to be attached to a performance lowlighted by two screamingly obvious calls that were missed on Chargers touchdown plays. Those misses, of course, being the false start on the 46-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin late in the first quarter, and the block in the back on Desmond King’s 73-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. I get the rationale that the officiating wasn’t what caused the Steelers to lose, 33-30, to the Chargers, and maybe that’s even true, but it’s particularly difficult to swallow when the gaffes are so obvious,…

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breaking down the game vs. the chargers; talking leadership and fake field goals

Disappointing game in a lot of ways. First and foremost, the result. Got to win those; we didn’t. There are consequences, we’ll absorb it, we’ll be back. On the injury front, a number of things. (Justin) Hunter has a shoulder; he wasn’t able to return. Kameron Canaday, the long snapper, has got a knee sprain. James Conner has a lower leg contusion. Ryan Switzer is in the concussion protocol. Anthony Chickillo has an ankle. Disappointing, you’ve got to tip your cap to the Chargers. They made the necessary plays. This time of year, when you win, you say very little. When you lose, you say less. Q. What happened with the offside on the field goal? Evidently, we were offside. On a number of those. Q. What was the explanation of the first…

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char. ers 33 steelers 30

WHAT WENT RIGHT, WHAT WENT WRONG 8:27 p.m. – What Went Right: The Chargers moved to a couple of first downs after taking the opening kickoff, but it all came down to a fourth-and-1 from the Steelers 34-yard line. The Chargers opted for a 52-yard field goal attempt, but Michael Badgley missed the kick to the left, and the Steelers offense began its first series at the Pittsburgh 42-yard line with 11:19 left in the first period. 8:32 p.m. – What Went Right: Four plays after the Chargers’ missed field goal, James Conner dove across the goal line to cap a four-play, 58-yard drive that gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead with 9:20 left in the first quarter. Ben Roethlisberger completed both of his passes, both to Antonio Brown, for 9 and…

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antonio brown

Statistically, it was his best game of the season. Against the Los Angeles Chargers, Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 154 yards and a 28-yard touchdown in a game the Steelers lost on a final-play field goal, 33-30. Those totals represented the most catches and the most receiving yards in a game so far this season for Brown, and his touchdown marked the 10th straight game this season in which he has gotten into the end zone. Brown is the Steelers Digest Player of the Week.…

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late collapse in strange game

Associate Editor The highly anticipated duel between two “gold jacket” quarterbacks came down to a rookie kicker trying to make his first goal of the night — and he missed it. But the Steelers jumped offside. So, the rookie, Michael Badgley, who once made all five of his field goal attempts in a college game at Heinz Field but who had missed his only attempt here in the pros, lined up 5 yards closer — and this time his kick was blocked. But, again, the Steelers jumped offside. The Steelers jumped offside a third time, but this time Badgley made the 29-yarder and the Los Angeles Chargers walked out of Heinz Field with an improbable 33-30 win over a Steelers team that wasn’t only bad, but unlucky. And that’s the stuff of blown 16-point halftime…

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by the numbers - vs. l.a. chargers

8 Consecutive victories the Steelers had recorded at Heinz Field in December prime-time games before the loss against the Chargers. 4 Third-down situations for each team in the second half; the Chargers converted all four, the Steelers con- 51.4 Punting average for Jordan Berry, his highest ever at Heinz Field since he joined the Steelers in 2015. 2 Rushing yards in the first half for the Chargers, tied for sixth-fewest allowed by the Steelers since 1991 5 First downs allowed by the Steelers on each of the Chargers’ three drives of the second half. 5 Out of the Steelers’ seven longest offensive plays, this was how many were produced by completions from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. Steelers running backs with five games with two rushing touchdowns in a season after James Conner joined Franco Harris,…