If the reports are accurate, and there’s no reason to believe they aren’t, Norv Turner is still fired.
But his Chargers gave him something to enjoy Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak with a decisive 34-24 road win over the Steelers.
Philip Rivers threw for three touchdowns, and didn’t turn it over, and the Chargers defense looked sharp. They kept the Steelers from ever running effectively, and many of the passing yards you’ll see in the box score came when the game was well decided.
In his first game back, Ben Roethlisberger was 23-of-43 for 285 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception.
There was a decided “what-the-heck” quality to the day, as the Chargers used a fake punt deep in their own end, and scored a touchdown on a weird backward pass by the Steelers. On that play, which was recovered by Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer in the end zone, the Chargers seemed so convinced it was going to be overturned they sent their defense onto the field.
But it wasn’t, such was the day for the Steelers, who fell to 7-6, and looked like a team no one would be scared of down the stretch.