Chargers vs. Steelers: San Diego's Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 14

Alex RamirezCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 9:  Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Chargers are now 1-14 in the regular season when playing in Pittsburgh. With a win today, the Bolts improve to, sadly, 5-8 on the season.

Let's be upfront—the season is over. During this last week, "speculation" spread that both Norv Turner and A.J. Smith would be fired at the end of the season. Without a doubt, Norv Turner had his best play-calling game of the year. It was like he had nothing to lose. Ironic, right?


Winners: Locker Room, Philip Rivers and John Pagano

For the last five weeks, the Chargers' locker room has been a mess. Reports said that after their loss to the Ravens two weeks ago, not one player was talking after the game. Just as everyone else knows it, the San Diego Chargers understand 2012 is not their year.

This is San Diego's first win against a team that isn't the Kansas City Chiefs since Week 2. It's also their first win against a team with a winning record. The team finally has something to smile and cheer about after this game.

Philip Rivers looked like the 2010 Philip Rivers today. One reason: time. When you give No. 17 protection, he gains confidence. And when Rivers has confidence, he's one of the best in the game. For all those people saying Rivers is done and washed up, you may be semi-right, but don't forget his level of play in those seasons he was protected.

John Pagano has been a winner all season. In past seasons, the Chargers' defense held them back from reaching the Super Bowl. It couldn't stop any elite team or make plays and create turnovers. Before the season, Pagano said that San Diego would have a defense that would make plays and statements. Well done, Pagano. Well done.


Loser: The Fans

This tweet says it all.



Because of that pointless victory, the Cowboys (Ware) got to pick in front of the Chargers (Merriman).

— Bolts From The Blue (@BFTB_Chargers) December 9, 2012


I get it, the Chargers won. They FINALLY won. So how are the fans still losers?

Fans should never root for their team to lose or tank the rest of the season, but a Chargers win today helps no one. San Diego has a great chance at winning its last three games and finishing 8-8 once again. So instead of having a draft pick in the top ten, they'll receive the No. 18 pick—you know, like the same spot they've been at the last three years.

As the tweet says, one win can get you Shawne Merriman instead of DeMarcus Ware.