Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/9/12
PITTSBURGH -- Desperately in need of a win over the San Diego Chargers to improve their playoff chances, the Pittsburgh Steelers hoped Ben Roethlisberger's return would be the perfect spark. Instead, the absence of cornerback Ike Taylor and linebacker LaMarr Woodley proved to be too much to overcome. Roethlisberger and the Steelers' offense struggled while Philip Rivers and the San Diego receiving corps picked on backup corners Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown in a 34-24 win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. "An unfortunate, poor performance by us, and by that I mean all of us," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We coached poorly today, we played poorly today. It's a shame given the opportunity that was in front of us, but it is what it is." Rivers was 21 of 41 for 200 yards and three touchdowns, far from spectacular but more than efficient enough against a Steelers secondary missing its top shutdown corner due to a fractured ankle. Allen, a second-year pro, got his first care...
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