CARSON, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers’ in-stadium production team all but ran out of hometown fans to feature on the jumbotron Sunday.
Steelers fans packed the house, and helped make for a comfortable first start for quarterback Devlin Hodges, a former undrafted rookie free agent, from tiny Samford University.
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Pittsburgh is located in the southwest of the state, at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Pittsburgh is known both as “the Steel City” for its more than 300 steel-related businesses and as the “City of Bridges” for its 446 bridges. The city features 30 skyscrapers, two inclined railways, a pre-revolutionary fortification and the Point State Park at the confluence of the rivers. The city developed as a vital link of the Atlantic coast and Midwest, as the mineral-rich Allegheny Mountains made the area coveted by the French and British empires, Virginians, Whiskey Rebels, and Civil War raiders.Aside from steel, Pittsburgh has led in manufacturing of aluminum, glass, shipbuilding, petroleum, foods, sports, transportation, computing, autos, and electronics. For part of the 20th century, Pittsburgh was behind only New York City and Chicago in corporate headquarters employment; it had the most U.S. stockholders per capita. America’s 1980s deindustrialization laid off area blue-collar workers and thousands of downtown white-collar workers when the longtime Pittsburgh-based world headquarters moved out. This heritage left the area with renowned museums, medical centers, parks, research centers, and a diverse cultural district.Today, Google, Apple Inc., Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, Microsoft and IBM are among 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual Pittsburgh payrolls. The area has served as the long-time federal agency headquarters for cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, energy research and the nuclear navy. The area is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. The nation’s eighth-largest bank, eight Fortune 500 companies, and six of the top 300 U.S. law firms make their global headquarters in the area, while RAND, BNY Mellon, Nova, FedEx, Bayer and NIOSH have regional bases that helped Pittsburgh become the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth.In 2015, Pittsburgh was listed among the “eleven most livable cities in the world”; The Economist’s Global Liveability Ranking placed Pittsburgh as the most or second-most livable city in the United States in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014. The region is a hub for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and energy extraction.
Pittsburgh Steelers run away from Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 in 'road' win
The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) North division. Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC.
In contrast with their status as perennial also-rans in the pre-merger NFL, where they were the oldest team never to win a league championship, the Steelers of the post-merger (modern) era are one of the most successful NFL franchises. Pittsburgh is tied with the New England Patriots for the most Super Bowl titles (6), and has both played in (16) and hosted more conference championship games (11) than any other NFL team. The Steelers have won 8 AFC championships, tied with the Denver Broncos, but behind the Patriots’ record 11 AFC championships. The Steelers share the record for second most Super Bowl appearances with the Broncos, and Dallas Cowboys (8). The Steelers lost their most recent championship appearance, Super Bowl XLV, on February 6, 2011.
The Steelers, whose history traces to a regional pro team that was established in the early 1920s, joined the NFL as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, owned by Art Rooney and taking its original name from the baseball team of the same name, as was common practice for NFL teams at the time. To distinguish them from the baseball team, local media took to calling the football team the Rooneymen, an unofficial nickname which persisted for decades after the team adopted its current nickname. The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. Art’s son, Dan Rooney owned the team from 1988 until his death in 2017. Much control of the franchise has been given to Dan’s son Art Rooney II. The Steelers enjoy a large, widespread fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation. The Steelers currently play their home games at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh’s North Side in the North Shore neighborhood, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Built in 2001, the stadium replaced Three Rivers Stadium which hosted the Steelers for 31 seasons. Prior to Three Rivers, the Steelers had played their games in Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.
Hodges never had to play from behind. He only started one scoring drive with more than 75 yards of Dignity Health Sports Park turf in front of him. It took just five possessions for the Steelers to tear out to a 24-point lead. The simultaneous combination of the Steelers’ unrelenting defensive front and Hodges’ ability to find backs out of the backfield meant the Chargers only slid back into contention with 1:11 to play — all before another turnover ended their night as Pittsburgh took a 24-17 win in front of a very black and gold crowd.
MVP – Devin Bush
Pittsburgh Steelers run away from Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 in 'road' win
He buried Philip Rivers and the Chargers. His 9-yard fumble return for a touchdown raised the stakes just four minutes into the game. His interception 2:02 later gave Hodges a short field and ultimately a James Conner 12-yard off-tackle, touchdown run.
It took until midway through the fourth for Los Angeles to recover. And while Rivers did threaten to make a 70-second game of it, Bush walked away with 6 combined tackles, despite a brief ankle injury score.
Most Important Play
Cameron Sutton’s interception with 41 seconds remaining to bring the game to an end. The Chargers had snuck back into it against a tiring, hurt Steelers defense, but Sutton held onto the ball scampered a return and put the game to bed.
Good – Hodges can manage a game
We heard all week that he could heave the ball around, but on Sunday Hodges oversaw a game in which Pittsburgh could be content to let its defense dictate field position. He simply had to hit a series of delayed routes out of the backfield and across the middle of the field. Hodges himself wasn’t conservative in the shots he did take, but there was little need for many of them. And he didn’t bother to pretend otherwise.
James Conner (quadriceps) and Stephon Tuitt (pectoral) did not finish the game. Tuitt suffered his injury on the first drive of the game. Conner was in and out of the second half.
The number – 1.000
Hodges’ NFL winning percentage as a starter.
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