1994 Steelers at Chargers (Dec 24, 1994)      


1994 Season

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1994 Steelers 31 at Chargers 34

Having already clinched homefield advantage, the Steelers rest several banged-up starters and go to their second string early. The Chargers lead 17-13 at halftime and extend their lead to 24-13 on the opening drive of the 2nd half. But Mike Tomczak fights off a knee injury and to have a big 2nd half starting with a 7 play, 83-yd drive capped a Fred McAfee TD run late in the 3rd (2-pt conversion fails).

Then on the first play of the 4th quarter, rookie Charles Johnson snags a short T-zak pass, eludes a DB and streaks 84-yds for a TD. This time, the 2-pt conversion is successful and the Steelers take a 27-24 lead.

After a Carney FG ties it at 27, another long pass to Charles Johnson (54 yds) sets up an 11-yd TD pass to Andre Hastings with 6:29 remaining. After Humphries goes out with an injury, Gale Gilbert comes in and immediately throws a would-be game-sealing pick-6 to Dion Figures... who drops it. On 3rd and 10, Gilbert throws the ball out of bounds under extreme pressure... but a questionable roughing the passer call on Chad Brown extends the drive again. Two plays later, Natrone Means breaks free for a 20-yd TD to tie the game.

Another penalty on the kickoff pins the Steelers at their own 8, giving the Chargers the ball in Pittsburgh territory following a punt and setting up Carney's game-winner with 3 seconds left. A portend of things to come as the Steelers statistically dominate (even with their 2nd stringers) but fall short on the scoreboard.

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