Chargers RB Melvin Gordon on unsuccessful comeback, Steelers fans taking over stadium (VIDEO)
Jason B. Hirschhorn
Following the Los Angeles Chargers' 24-17 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, running back Melvin Gordon discussed his team's unsuccessful comeback effort in the fourth quarter. After falling behind 21-0 at halftime -- the Chargers' second consecutive week of zero first-half points from the offense -- Gordon and his team managed to battle back and come within a touchdown of tying things up late during the final minutes of regulation. However, a missed onside kick attempt gave the Steelers excellent field position, and even after Los Angeles' defense forced a punt, quarterback Philip Rivers threw a desperation heave that landed in the arms of a Pittsburgh defensive back for his third turnover of the game. The interception effectively ended the game.
But Gordon commented on more than just the game's outcome. The Pro Bowl running back also expressed his frustration with how the visiting Steelers fans took over the stadium. Though no official numbers exist to verify the percentage of Pittsburgh fans, they made up the overwhelming majority of the crowd and cheered loudly against the Chargers throughout the night. Gordon has discussed his team's popularity within Los Angeles before.
Gordon has now played in two games in 2019 after missing the start of the season while holding out for a new contract. The fifth-year running back has not topped 50 yards from scrimmage in either contest and currently averages 3.1 yards per touch. Gordon will look to improve those numbers during the Chargers' upcoming road trip. They will take on the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 20 and the Chicago Bears on Oct. 27.
-- Jason B. Hirschhorn is an award-winning sports journalist and Pro Football Writers of America member. Follow him on Twitter: @by_JBH