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Chargers Lose in Pittsburgh, In Danger of Missing Playoffs

The weather was snowy, frigid and downright awful.  So were the offenses.  But nothing is as bad as San Diego's regular-season record in Pittsburgh.

Make it 0-13.

Ben Roethlisberger stayed away from the mistakes that cost the Steelers their previous two home games, Willie Parker ran for 115 yards and Jeff Reed's third field goal won it -- a 32-yarder with 11 seconds remaining -- as Pittsburgh rallied to beat the Chargers 11-10 on Sunday.

"Every game now is like a playoff game," said LaDainian Tomlinson.

They felt this was another case of too many turnovers, and missed opportunities.

"That's not Chargers football, and you can't do it against good teams like The Steelers," according to Antonio Gates.

Leading 7-2, and driving late in the first half; Philip Rivers had Vincent Jackson open for an apparent touchdown. His poorly thrown pass was picked off by James Harrison.

"I just held it too long," said a dejected Rivers. "When our defense doesn't give up a touchdown and we lose that just can't happen."

The 11-10 final was the first in NFL history, and it was in jeopardy when Troy Polamalu returned an errant lateral 12 yards for an apparent touchdown on the final play. But it was overturned on replay -- called an illegal forward pass -- and the 11-10 score was restored.

The Chargers fall to 4-6.  Couple that with the Broncos' win in Atlanta, and San Diego falls two games behind Denver in the AFC West with just six to play.

The Steelers, meanwhile, improve to 7-3 and re-take first place in the AFC North.

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