The Pittsburgh Steelers without their quarterback Ben Roethlisberger go into a hostile environment, led by backup QB Michael Vick making a comeback in the fourth quarter and giving star running back Le’Veon Bell the game winning touchdown to secure a 24-20 victory against the San Diego Chargers.
Last week the Steelers put the game on Vick and lost a tough one against the Baltimore Ravens at home. Head coach Mike Tomlin was criticized for the play calls and didn’t put it on one of the best all-around backs in the league. But he thought differently with five seconds left down by three.
Bell took the snap and ran it to the left waiting patiently before stretching out the play and crossing the line giving the Steelers a desperate win in hopes of their playoff chances in the AFC.
“I got to get it in,” Bell said according to ESPN. “We still had a timeout left. I was thinking we still have a timeout left, so I’m thinking, ‘OK, maybe if I get stopped, maybe run like 4 seconds off and get a timeout and we could kick a field goal.’ I wanted to end the game right there.”
He finished the game with 21 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown. He was more involved in wildcat formations than before to take pressure off of Vick. Tomlin played conservative most of the game, but Vick had opportunities.
After the Chargers scored on tight end Antonio Gates second touchdown of the game, Vick threw a 72 yard touchdown to wide receiver Markus Wheaton making it 17-17 at the time. But not many backups have the ability to run and throw down the field like Vick.
The Steelers hope Roethlisberger is healthy enough against the Arizona Cardinals next week after spraining his MCL a few weeks back. Whether he starts or not, the offense can hold it’s own as long as it goes through Bell and Vick makes plays when he needs to.