On the Chargers’ second drive of the night, Philip Rivers tried to hit Melvin Gordon on a quick pass. Gordon got a hand on the ball, but the pass was high. Gordon couldn’t come up with the ball and it fell to the ground.
Problem was, Rivers threw a backward pass. That meant the ball was still live. Linebacker Devin Bush scooped it up, and ran for a Steelers touchdown.
The rookie Devin Bush scoops the backward pass and takes it to the house! @Steelers lead 7-0. #HereWeGo @_dbush11— NFL (@NFL) October 14, 2019
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Things didn’t improve for the Chargers on the team’s next drive. On the fourth play, Rivers’ pass was tipped at the line. That allowed Bush to strike again. This time, he intercepted Rivers, giving the Steelers the ball again.
Bush didn’t score on the interception, but that’s OK. Running back James Conner was there to pick him up. Conner ran in a touchdown a few plays later to put the Steelers up 14-0 in the first quarter.
With third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges starting, Pittsburgh needed its defense to come up big and the running game to produce.
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