Photos: Chargers fend off Steelers in thrilling, 41-37 victory

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler trudges into end zone in front of Pittsburgh's Tre Norwood and Taco Charlton.
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, center, trudges into end zone on a catch-and-run in front of Pittsburgh’s Tre Norwood, left, and Taco Charlton during the Chargers’ 41-37 win Sunday at SoFi Stadium.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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The Chargers avoided a major meltdown Sunday night at SoFi Stadium, surviving a second-half comeback surge by the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 41-37 victory.

Los Angeles Times photographer Robert Gauthier captured some of the game’s defining moments from the sideline. Take a look:

Chargers receiver Mike Williams can't haul in a touchdown pass while under pressure from Steelers cornerback James Pierre.
Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, top, can’t haul in a touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Herbert as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback James Pierre draws a pass interference penalty in the first half.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson catches a long pass in front of Chargers cornerback Michael Davis.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson, left, catches a long pass in front of Chargers cornerback Michael Davis in the first half.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
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Chargers free safety Derwin James and inside linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga celebrate in the air.
Chargers free safety Derwin James (33) and inside linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga celebrate after stopping the Steelers at the goal line in the first half.
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Pittsburgh Steelers safety Miles Killebrew blocks the punt by the Chargers' Ty Long during the second half.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Miles Killebrew (28) blocks the punt by the Chargers’ Ty Long during the second half.
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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert sprints ahead of Pittsburgh's Terrell Edmunds and Cameron Heyward.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, right, sprints ahead of Pittsburgh’s Terrell Edmunds (34) and Cameron Heyward (97) during the second half.
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Chargers running back Austin Ekeler spikes the ball next to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Taco Charlton.
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler spikes the ball next to Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Taco Charlton after scoring on a touchdown catch.
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Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert flips a pass to Joshua Palmer while tackled by Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward.
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert flips a pass to receiver Joshua Palmer as he is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward in the second half.
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Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa tackles Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron.
Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa tackles Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron during second half.
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Chargers outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, left, strip sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Chargers outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, left, strip sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during a fourth quarter.
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Steelers fans cheer Pittsburgh rallies to tie the game 34-34 against the Chargers in the fourth quarter.
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Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams runs into the end zone on a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Herbert.
Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams runs into the end zone on a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Herbert to give the Chargers a 40-37 lead.
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Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams celebrates with fans after scoring a 53-yard touchdown pass.
Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams celebrates with fans after scoring a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Justin Herbert late in the fourth quarter.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)