STEELERS-CHARGERS SERIES HISTORY**
Series History: Series began in 1971
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 21-7
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 14-1
At San Diego: Steelers lead, 7-6
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Chargers won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 9, 2012, in Pittsburgh
San Diego 34, Pittsburgh 24
Postseason Series: Chargers lead, 2-1
Last Post-Season Meeting: Jan. 11, 2009, in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 35, San Diego 24
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)
This week's game marks the 29th time the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers will meet in the regular season and the 14th time in San Diego, where the Steelers are 7-6 vs. the Chargers...the two teams are meeting for the third time on Monday Night Football in regular season history, with the Monday primetime series being split at one.
THE LAST TIME VS. SAN DIEGO** San Diego 34, Pittsburgh 24
Dec. 9, 2012
Heinz Field (61,359)
PITTSBURGH – QB Philip Rivers threw for 200 yards and three touchdowns, lifting the visiting San Diego Chargers to a 34-24 victory over the Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers dropped to 7-6 on the season.
San Diego scored the fi rst 13 points of the contest. Late in the first quarter, K Nick Novak connected on a 51-yard fi eld goal to give the Chargers a 3-0 lead. Late in the second quarter, Rivers found WR Danario Alexander down the sideline for a 39-yard touchdown to give San Diego a 10-0 lead. With just 50 seconds left in the half, Novak drilled a 39-yard field goal to give the Chargers a 13-0 lead.
The Steelers managed to cut the lead to 13-3 when K Shaun Suisham connected on a 49-yard fi eld goal at the end of the fi rst half. On the Chargers fi rst drive of the second half, Rivers led the team on a 17-play, 78-yard drive that took 9:32 off the clock. Rivers capped off that drive with a three-yard pass to WR Malcom Floyd, and San Diego took a 20-3 lead.
On Pittsburgh's ensuing drive, QB Ben Roethlisberger attempted to throw a screen pass to WR Antonio Brown but the ball ricocheted off TE David Paulson and rolled into the endzone. CB Quentin Jammer recovered the ball in the endzone for the touchdown and the Chargers took a 27-3 lead.
Roethlisberger found WR Mike Wallace on the Steelers' ensuing possession for a 40-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead 27-10. It was Wallace's 26th career reception of 40 yards and the 16th that has gone for a touchdown.
The Steelers held the Chargers on their next drive and forced them to punt. But Roethlisberger threw an interception to Chargers' LB Bront Bird on the second play of the drive. Rivers then threw his third touchdown pass of the game, a 15-yarder to Alexander, and San Diego led 34-10.
Roethlisberger threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Wallace midway through the fourth to cut the lead 34-17, and Roethlisberger threw a one-yard touchdown to Brown with less than a minute remaining.
|SD||1||3:06||Novak 51-yd. FG||12-36; 6:09||0-3|
|SD||2||3:40||Alexander 39-yd. pass from Rivers||3-48; 1:38||0-10|
|SD||2||0:50||Novak 39-yd. FG||8-26; 1:08||0-13|
|PIT||2||0:00||Suisham 49-yd. FG||7-59; 0:50||3-13|
|SD||3||5:28||Floyd 3-yd. pass from Rivers||17-78; 9:32||3-20|
|SD||3||5:16||Jammer fumble recovery in end zone||-- --; -- --||3-27|
|PIT||3||2:33||Wallace 40-yd. pass from Roethlisberger||7-80; 2:43||10-27|
|SD||4||9:46||Alexander 15-yd. pass from Rivers||2-17; 0:39||10-34|
|PIT||4||6:07||Wallace 11-yd. pass from Roethlisberger||10-81; 3:39||17-34|
|PIT||4||0:58||A. Brown 1-yd. pass from Roethlisberger||6-44; 1:35|
PIT-SD SERIES HIGHS
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 333 (10/4/2009)
Chargers: Dan Fouts - 372 (12/8/1985)
Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall - 165 (10/4/2009)
Chargers: Gary Anderson - 170 (12/11/1988)
Steelers: Charles Johnson - 165 (12/24/1994)
Chargers: Kellen Winslow, Sr. - 171 (12/22/1980)