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Steelers fall to Chargers in Big Ben's return
Rivers throws three TDs to lead San Diego to 34-24 win
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Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after throwing an interception against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
December 9, 2012, 8:12 pm

So much for Ben Roethlisberger's triumphant return. Ditto the notion the Pittsburgh Steelers had finally turned the corner.

Rhythm disrupted by a relentless San Diego pass rush, Roethlisberger struggled early and the Steelers never recovered in a listless - not to mention perplexing - 34-24 loss on Sunday.

"We got whupped," Pittsburgh linebacker Larry Foote said.

A thumping that continued a maddening trend for the Steelers (7-6), who have won on the road at Baltimore, Cincinnati and the New York Giants this year but also fallen to Tennessee, Oakland, Cleveland and now the Chargers (5-8).

Roethlisberger completed 22 of 42 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns in his first game back after spraining his right shoulder and dislocating a rib in an overtime win against Kansas City nearly a month ago. Most of the yards and all of the scores came after the Steelers had fallen behind by 24 points to a team that had never won in Pittsburgh during the regular season.

"I have no clue (why we're inconsistent)," Roethlisberger said. "If I knew I don't think we'd do it anymore. I thought we'd play better."

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