A ‘Competetive’ Philip Rivers’ Grab On Mike Hilton

By Jessica Costello

The Pittsburgh Steelers left Los Angeles with their second win of the season against the Chargers on Sunday night. The 24-17 victory left the Chargers with their second straight home loss, but this time, with a sea of Steelers fans waving them off their field. Dignity Health Sports Park was invaded by Steeler Nation last night, making it feel like a home game in Pittsburgh.

By the end of the night, things got heated between the teams after Philip Rivers‘ interception to Cameron Sutton. Pretty much determining their fate, NBC cameras caught the quarterback grabbing cornerback, Mike Hilton, exchanging some ‘friendly’ banter. The video below shows the situation unfold.

The ‘unbothered’ Hilton clearly wanted nothing to do with a flag after Pittsburgh secured the victory and tried to walk away from Rivers. Taking to Twitter after the game, the cornerback found it amusing.

After talking to the media, Rivers addressed grabbing Hilton.

“I was disappointed the game was over,” Rivers said, according to Jacob Klinger of “I wasn’t frustrated. A guy comes and waves at our sideline, you protect your team. It was really no big deal. I haven’t seen him, but I’d probably shake his hand and tell him, ‘Sorry, I got a little fired up.’ But it wasn’t a big deal. There was no screaming and yelling. It was just defending our guys.”

Whether it was disappointment or frustration, Rivers had every right to get fired up since he was bullied by the Steelers defense throughout the four quarters. Pittsburgh recorded just one sack, but six hits on Rivers, not to mention the defense constantly in the quarterback’s face throwing off any rhythm he could have had with his team.

The Steelers head into a bye week after improving their record to 2-4 on the season. After the bye week, they’ll come back to Heinz field to host the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football.

Leave us your thoughts on Sunday night’s game, Steeler Nation!


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