National Football League
     === Rivers throws 3 TDs as Chargers spoil Roethlisberger's return ===
 Pittsburgh,  PA  (Sports Network) -  Philip Rivers  tossed a trio of touchdown
 passes  on  Sunday, as  the  San  Diego Chargers  spoiled  the  return of  Ben
 Roethlisberger  with a  34-24 triumph  over the  Pittsburgh Steelers  at Heinz
 Rivers completed 21-of-41 passes for 200 yards, while Danario Alexander hauled
 in  seven passes for 88 yards and a pair of scores for the Chargers (5-8), who
 snapped  a four-game skid to avoid locking up their first losing season on the
 six-season watch of coach Norv Turner.
 The Chargers also added a defensive touchdown in the victory, their first ever
 regular-season win in Pittsburgh.
 "No  Chargers team has ever won here in the regular season so that was kind of
 my  mantra  here all week," Rivers  said. "It's a  good team win. We can enjoy
 this one for a little while."
 Roethlisberger  missed  the last three games  due to a sprained right shoulder
 and  an accompanying rib  injury, but managed to throw for 285 yards and three
 scores with one interception on 22-of-42 passing.
 Mike  Wallace finished with seven catches for 112 yards and two scores for the
 Steelers  (7-6), who were coming off a 23-20 triumph over rival Baltimore last
 "It  was  a good  performance by  them, poor  one by  us," Steelers coach Mike
 Tomlin admitted. "We gotta accept responsibility for it and move on."
 Pittsburgh's  offense struggled to find a rhythm in the first half, giving the
 Chargers excellent field position throughout the opening 30 minutes.
 Nick  Novak  buried a  51-yard field goal  on San Diego's  second touch of the
 game,  but the  Chargers  were  unable to  take  advantage  of the  fortuitous
 starting position until late in the second quarter.
 Starting  from the  Pittsburgh 48,  the Chargers  needed just  three plays  to
 score,  as Alexander  lost his defender with a double move before Rivers found
 him  wide open down  the left sideline for a 39-yard touchdown to make it 10-0
 with 3:40 left in the half.
 The  Steelers turned it over on downs on their ensuing touch when Isaac Redman
 was stacked up at the line on 4th-and-1 from the Pittsburgh 47.
 The  Chargers  quickly capitalized,  as Novak knocked  a 39-yarder through the
 uprights to extend the lead to 13-0 with under a minute left in the half.
 Pittsburgh  crossed midfield  for  the first  time on  its  ensuing touch,  as
 Roethlisberger  bought time  in  the  pocket and  fired  a  31-yard strike  to
 Emmanuel Sanders to the San Diego 48.
 Three  plays later,  Roethlisberger found Wallace over the middle for 17 yards
 and  after  a spike,  Shaun Suisham  buried a  49-yard field  goal to trim the
 deficit to 13-3 heading into the locker room.
 San  Diego turned  its first  possession of  the second  half into  points, as
 Rivers  converted a  trio of third downs before Ronnie Brown picked up another
 first down with a 17-yard surge on 3rd-and-13 down to the Pittsburgh 12.
 Three plays later, Rivers picked up the biggest third down of the drive, as he
 found  Michael  Floyd for a 3-yard  touchdown on 3rd-and-1 to cap the 17-play,
 78-yard drive and give the visitors a 20-3 advantage.
 San  Diego then  blew the  game open  with another  touchdown just  12 seconds
 On  the first play of Pittsburgh's ensuing drive, Roethlisberger threw a quick
 screen  to Antonio  Brown, but the ball  bounced off the back of a blocker and
 rolled into the end zone.
 The throw was ruled a backward pass and after Brown was unable to scoop up the
 loose  ball, San Diego defensive back Quentin Jammer pounced on the fumble for
 a  touchdown.  The play  was reviewed, but  the ruling was  upheld to give San
 Diego a 27-3 edge with 5:16 left in the third.
 The  Steelers answered quickly, as Roethlisberger scrambled for eight yards on
 3rd-and-4  to keep  the touch alive before finding Wallace deep down the field
 two plays later for a 40-yard touchdown to trim the margin to 27-10.
 After  a San Diego punt, Pittsburgh got the ball at their own 6-yard line, but
 on  the second  play of the possession, Roethlisberger was picked off by Bront
 Bird at the Pittsburgh 17.
 Two  plays later, Rivers  floated a pass for Alexander in the front of the end
 zone  and the  wideout out-leaped his defender and hauled in the 15-yard score
 to make it 34-10 with under 10 minutes left in the game.
 Pittsburgh  answered with  a scoring march, as Roethlisberger converted a pair
 of  third  downs before  capping the 10-play  trek with an  11-yard TD toss to
 Wallace to cut the margin to 34-17 with just over six minutes left.
 Roethlisberger  added a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brown with less than a minute
 left, but the Steelers' ensuing onside kick was recovered by San Diego and the
 Chargers ran out the remainder of the clock.
                                   Game Notes
 Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor's streak of 135 straight games played came to
 an  end after he fractured an ankle in Baltimore ... Pittsburgh leads the all-
 time  series, 21-7  ... Roethlisberger's interception was his first at home in
 his  last 145 pass attempts ... San Diego hasn't lost more games than it's won
 since  going  4-12 in 2003  ... The Steelers had  won the previous 14 meetings
 between these teams in Pittsburgh.
 12/09 19:20:13 ET