San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, leading the Chargers to a 34-24 win over the Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, and spoiling the return to the Steelers’ lineup of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Rivers found Danario Alexander twice with scoring strikes, and threw a third to Malcolm Floyd. Quentin Jammer returned a fumble for a Chargers touchdown, and Nick Novak kicked a pair of field goals.
After Pittsburgh (7-6) fell behind 27-3 by the late stages of the third quarter, Roethlisberger threw a pair of TD passes to Mike Wallace and a third to Antonio Brown. Shaun Suisham, who has not missed this season at under 50 yards, had earlier provided a 49-yard field goal.
After missing three games with shoulder and rib injuries, Roethlisberger completed 22-of-42 passes for 285 yards with one interception. Wallace tallied seven catches for 112 yards. Pittsburgh carried the ball only 17 times with five players, including Roethlisberger and Wallace, combining for just 69 rushing yards.
For the Chargers (5-8), Rivers went 21-for-41 with no interceptions. Alexander caught seven passes for 88 yards. Ryan Mathews ran for 65 yards.
Next Sunday, the Steelers will face the Cowboys (7-6) in Dallas.