Steelers vs. Chargers: Pittsburgh's Winners and Losers from Week 14 Loss

Joseph BrunoCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

Steelers vs. Chargers: Pittsburgh's Winners and Losers from Week 14 Loss

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers severely underperformed again and lost 34-24 to the San Diego Chargers at home Sunday to drop their record to 7-6.

    With the Cincinnati Bengals' loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Steelers still retain the last wild-card spot, but they do not look like anything close to a playoff team.

    Here are the winners and losers from another embarrassing loss during a season full of them for the Steelers.

Winner: Ben Roethlisberger

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    I’m not even going to look at Ben Roethlisberger’s final numbers because most of it came during garbage time and is insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

    The offensive line looked like they forgot how to block against the Chargers, and Roethlisberger was his old self, spinning and creating something out of nothing for most of the game.

    He is a winner because he got hit, made throws and finished the game without re-injuring himself.

Loser: Cortez Allen/Curtis Brown

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    Cornerback Ike Taylor missed this game, but there wasn’t great concern about how Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown, who were pressed into service to replace him, would fare against the Chargers.

    Unfortunately, Phillip Rivers picked on both of them all day. Curtis Brown, in particular, bit hard on the double move by Denario Alexander that went for a touchdown.

    Both Allen and Brown still have bright futures on the Steelers’ defense. This was just a bad day all the way around for everyone.

Loser: Dick LeBeau

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    The struggles of the Chargers' offense this season has been well-documented. Yet it looked just fine against the Steelers.

    Phillip Rivers threw three touchdown passes and was only sacked once, as Ziggy Hood chased down Rivers  close to the sideline.

    The Chargers were able to rush for almost 100 yards as well. It just didn't look like Dick LeBeau had a good defensive plan going into the game.

Loser: Offensive Line

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    Max Starks, Maurkice Pouncey, Doug Legursky, Ramon Foster and Kelvin Beachum should apologize to Ben Roethlisberger.

    Not only did they not open any holes at all in the run game, they looked like they were incapable of blocking anyone in pass protection as well.

    Roethlisberger was running for his life on almost every play. Thankfully, he came out of the game in one piece.

Loser: Mike Tomlin

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    Every time I see someone criticize Mike Tomlin, they seem to get their heads ripped off like he’s the only guy on the team who shouldn’t be held to some kind of standard.

    I think Tomlin is a great coach and I wouldn’t want anyone else for the Steelers. However, I’m tired of hearing how the injuries are an excuse for us losing to every bad team in the NFL.

    That the Steelers always play down to their competition and lost to the Raiders, Titans, Browns and Chargers all goes back to Tomlin.

    It’s not all his fault. But he is the head coach, so all these times when the Steelers look unprepared against lesser competition fall on him.

Silver Lining: Bengals Lose

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    There is no excuse for the Steelers being 7-6 at this point in the season. However, they still hold the last playoff spot.

    All the Steelers need to do is win their last three games, which includes a matchup versus the Bengals, and they will be in the playoffs.

    The Steelers have two out of their last three games at home. So although this is another terrible loss, the season is not over.