1994 Steelers 31 at Chargers 34

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1994 Steelers 31 at Chargers 34

Having already clinched homefield advantage, the Steelers rest several banged-up starters and go to their second string early. The Chargers lead 17-13 at halftime and extend their lead to 24-13 on the opening drive of the 2nd half. But Mike Tomczak fights off a knee injury and to have a big 2nd half starting with a 7 play, 83-yd drive capped a Fred McAfee TD run late in the 3rd (2-pt conversion fails). Then on the first play of the 4th quarter, rookie Charles Johnson snags a short T-zak pass, eludes a DB and streaks 84-yds for a TD. This time, the 2-pt conversion is successful and the Steelers take a 27-24 lead. After a Carney FG ties it at 27, another long pass to Charles Johnson (54 yds) sets up an 11-yd TD pass to Andre Hastings with 6:29 remaining. After Humphries goes out with an injury, Gale Gilbert comes in and immediately throws a would-be game-sealing pick-6 to Dion Figures... who drops it. On 3rd and 10, Gilbert throws the ball out of bounds under extreme pressure... but a questionable roughing the passer call on Chad Brown extends the drive again. Two plays later, Natrone Means breaks free for a 20-yd TD to tie the game. Another penalty on the kickoff pins the Steelers at their own 8, giving the Chargers the ball in Pittsburgh territory following a punt and setting up Carney's game-winner with 3 seconds left. A portend of things to come as the Steelers statistically dominate (even with their 2nd stringers) but fall short on the scoreboard. Thanks to Jay Korber for generously providing us with this missing game! 

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