The Pittsburgh Steelers won the toss and elected to defer. The Los Angeles Chargers started the game on offense after a touchback.
Keenan Allen got things rolling early with a 14-yard reception working out of the slot. The first run of the night went to Austin Ekeler who had nowhere to go. Going no huddle, Rivers hooked up with Allen for another 1st down on a short catch and run. Following that play, Whisenhunt elected to waste a carry on Travis Benjamin. Then they wasted another play on Benjamin, this one was a pass behind the line that he would have been better of dropping. Allen was short of the sticks on 3rd down by about the distance that Benjamin lost on the previous play. Almost inevitably, Michael Badgley missed a 52-yard field goal attempt on 4th down.
James Conner was bottled up on his first carry of the game, but Antonio Brown moved the chains on the next play.

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