Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not need to go for the tie.
So he went for the win, and with working again Le’Veon Bell lined up within the Wildcat, he bought it.
With Bell’s outstretched arms, the Steelers beat the San Diego Chargers 24-20 on the ultimate play of the 2015 Monday Evening Soccer sport.
The memorable sport shall be proven as a part of the continued collection of Monday Evening Soccer classics. It kicks off at eight p.m. ET Monday on ESPN.
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Could 25: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. San Diego Chargers (2015)
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“It was time to go to the mattresses, if you’ll,” Tomlin mentioned after the sport. “We needed to do what was required to win. Le’Veon gave us a possibility to win, and we have been attempting to do all the things we might to maneuver the soccer.
“We have now to run the soccer. We have now Le’Veon Bell. We had a possibility to win the sport. We’re on the highway in a hostile setting. We have to play to win, and that is what we did.”
With 5 seconds left, the Steelers lined up on the 1-inch line, due to a giant play by quarterback Michael Vick and tight finish Heath Miller and an pointless roughness penalty towards the Chargers.
The Steelers had one timeout to arrange for a tying subject aim, however they went with a gutsy, profitable playcall as a substitute: Bell lined up 7 yards deep to take the direct snap.
He gathered the ball and sprinted to the aim line, muscling his manner ahead to battle for the ultimate inch wanted to attain the landing. Diving, he broke the airplane as his knee landed on a defender’s arm and time expired.
“I bought to get it in,” Bell mentioned in 2015. “We nonetheless had a timeout left. I used to be pondering we nonetheless have a timeout left, so I am pondering, ‘OK, possibly if I get stopped, possibly run like four seconds off and get a timeout, and we might kick a subject aim.’ I wished to finish the sport proper there.”
The landing gave the Steelers a win over the Chargers — they usually did it with Ben Roethlisberger on the sideline.
While Roethlisberger worked through a left knee injury sustained in the third quarter of a Week 3 win against the Rams, Vick took over quarterback duties. His first three quarters were dismal, but a 24-yard scramble — his first rush of the night — on the final drive of the game helped set up Bell’s winning touchdown. Vick also had a 72-yard touchdown pass to Markus Wheaton with 7:42 left in the quarter to tie it at 17.
“It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish,” Vick said then. He completed just 13 of 26 attempts for 203 yards with one touchdown and one interception and was sacked three times.
The game also featured the return of Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, playing in his first game of the season following a four-week suspension for PEDs. He scored his 100th and 101st career touchdowns that night, with the second coming in the high-octane fourth quarter.
The Monday night game marked the Steelers’ first trip to San Diego since 2006 and their final game in Qualcomm Stadium before the Chargers’ relocation to Los Angeles.
With the win, the Steelers moved to 3-2 on the season, and the Chargers dropped to 2-3.