Steelers host Chargers at Heinz Field



Steelers (6-3) vs. Chargers (4-5)

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) vs. San Diego Chargers (4-5)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008
Kickoff: 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Site: Heinz Field (65,050) • Pittsburgh, Pa.
Playing Surface: Grass/DD Grassmaster
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Jim Nantz (play-by-play) Phil Simms (color analyst)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)

**A Look at the Coaches

*Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

Overall Regular-season Record: 16-9 (.640)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 16-9 (.640)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 0-1/one year
San Diego Chargers Head Coach Norv Turner
Overall Regular-season Record: 73-92-1 (.443)/11th season
Regular-season Record at San Diego: 15-10 (.600)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-2/two years

Series History

Series History: Series began in 1971
: Pittsburgh leads 19-6
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 12-0
At San Diego: Pittsburgh leads 7-6
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 8, 2006 (in San Diego)
San Diego 23, Pittsburgh 13
Postseason Series: San Diego leads 2-0
*(postseason record not included in overall series record)

Pittsburgh owns a 19-6 all-time record (regular season) against the Chargers, with the Steelers leading 12-0 in Pittsburgh and 7-6 in San Diego...the Chargers won the most recent matchup between these two teams on Oct. 8, 2006 in San Diego (23-13),snapping a five-game losing streak to the Steelers...the Steelers have never lost to the Chargers in Pittsburgh in the regular season, which is the best home record against a single opponent in the NFL at home (minimum 10 games)...the Steelers have held Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson under 100 yards in each of his three matchups with Pittsburgh...San Diego's only two wins in Pittsburgh have occurred during the playoffs in the 1994 AFC Championship Game and on Jan. 9, 1983 in the first round of the AFC Tournament...the Steelers own a 1-0 mark at Heinz Field after defeating San Diego 40-24 on Dec. 21, 2003...Mike Tomlinhas never faced the Chargers
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**Steelers-Chargers Connections


Steelers-Chargers Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Chargers and the San Diego area. The Steelers have several players who are from California, including OT Marvel Smith(Oakland), DT Chris Hoke(Long Beach), S Troy Polamalu(Garden Grove) and QB Dennis Dixon (San Leandro). In addition, Polamalu attended USC while DE Travis Kirschkeand LB Bruce Davisplayed at UCLA.
Chargers with ties to the Steelers and Western Pennsylvania include offensive line coach John Henry, who was born in Houston, Pa. and coached with the Steelers in 1990-91. He was a linebacker at Penn State and a guard at IUP. Henry coached at West Virginia, Edinboro, IUP and Pitt. Offensive line coach Hal Hunterwas born in Canonsburg, Pa. and coached at Pitt and IUP. TE Kris Wilson played at Pitt.

What To Look For

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• The Steelers look to improve to 20-6 all-time against the Chargers in the regular season.
• The Steelers look to improve to 13-0 at home all-time in the regular season against the Chargers.
• The Steelers look for their second win at Heinz Field against San Diego. Pittsburgh is 1-0 in the series since Heinz Field opened in 2001.
• The Steelers look to improve to 3-2 at home this year.
• The Steelers look to improve to 6-1 on the year against AFC opponents.
• The Steelers look for their fifth win in the last six games against AFC West opponents in Pittsburgh.
• The Steelers need five victories to become the first AFC team to reach 550 total victories. Pittsburgh's all-time record is 545-519-21.
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*QB Ben Roethlisberger

• Needs 1,314 passing yards to become the first Steelers' quarterback with three straight 3,000-yard seasons. QB Terry Bradshaw had two consecutive in 1979-80.
• Needs six touchdown passes to become just the second quarterback in team history to throw 100 career touchdown passes (Terry Bradshaw - 212). Roethlisberger currently has 94 career touchdown passes.
• Needs one 300-yard passing game to move into sole possession of second place on the team's all-time list behind only Tommy Maddox. Roethlisberger currently has four and is tied with Neil O'Donnell.
*WR Hines Ward

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Needs 276 yards from scrimmage to reach 10,000 total yards for his career. He currently has 9,724 total yards from scrimmage (9,298\ receiving, 426 rushing).
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*RB Willie Parker

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Needs nine total yards from scrimmage to move into 10th place on the team's all-time list. Parker currently has 5,151 total yards from scrimmage.
*• *Needs one rushing touchdown to move into sole possession of eighth place for rushing touchdowns on the team's all-time list with Rocky Bleier. Parker currently has 23 rushing touchdowns.
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*TE Heath Miller

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Needs two touchdown receptions to pass Bennie Cunningham (20) for third on team's all-time touchdowns list for a tight end. Miller currently has 18 receiving touchdowns.
**K Jeff Reed

• Needs 24 points to become just the third player in team history to reach 700 points for his career. Reed currently has 676 career points, trailing Gary Anderson (1,343) and Roy Gerela (731).
LB James Harrison
• Needs 4.5 sacks to break the team's single-season sacks' record set by Mike Merriweather in 1987. Harrison currently has 11 sacks in 2008 while Merriweather finished with 15 in 1984.

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