SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (4-8) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (7-5)

SERIES

  CHARGERS STEELERS
SERIES LEADER   21-6
STREAKS   7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Turner: 0-6 Tomlin: 3-0
LAST WEEK L 20-13 vs. Bengals W 23-20 at Ravens
LAST GAME 10/4/09: Chargers 28 at Steelers 38. Pittsburgh RB Mewelde Moore has TD catch & throws TD to TE Heath Miller. Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall adds 2 rush TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/4/09
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms. SIRIUS: 104 (SD), 123 (Pit.). XM: 229 (Pit.). 

 

STATS

PASSING Rivers: 277-424-2,969-18-15-85.1 Roethlisberger: 209-316-2,287-17-4-100.0 (3C) OR

C. Batch: 45-70-475-1-4-64.9

RUSHING Mathews: 155-620-4.0-1 Dwyer: 114-478-4.2-1
RECEIVING Floyd: 51-765-15.0-4 Miller (TE): 56-613-10.9-7
OFFENSE 322.1 342.0
TAKE/GIVE -2 -11
DEFENSE 335.1 259.8 (1L)
SACKS Phillips: 7 Worilds: 5
INTs Weddle: 3 Timmons: 3
PUNTING Scifres: 50.2 (2L) Butler (R): 43.5
KICKING Novak: 61 (22/22 PAT; 13/15 FG) Suisham: 96 (24/24 PAT; 24/25 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: Club is 18-4 (.818) in Dec. under NORV TURNERQB PHILIP RIVERS had 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 107.9 passer rating in last game at Pit. Rivers (27,254) has 2nd-most pass yards in club history, trailing only HOFer DAN FOUTS (43,040). Since ’08, Rivers (20,566) has 2nd-most passing yards in NFL (DREW BREES, 23,227)…RB RONNIE BROWN has career-high 45 rec. in ’12…TE ANTONIO GATES had 9 receptions for 124 yards with 2 TDs in last game at Pit. Gates (80) trails only HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most TD catches in team history. WR DANARIO ALEXANDER registered 2nd 100-yard rec. game of season last week (102). In past 4, Alexander is averaging 101.5 rec. yards per game with 3 TDs…LB SHAUN PHILLIPS (67) has 2nd-most sacks by Charger (LESLIE O’NEAL, 105.5) since ’82. Has 2.5 sacks & FF in 4 career games vs. Pit…LB DEMORRIO WILLIAMS had 31-yard INT-return TD last week…LB ANTWAN BARNES had season-best 2 sacks last week…STEELERS: Club has won 9 of past 11 in Dec…QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER is 23-9 (.719) as starter in Dec. Has 28,866 career passing yards, most in Steelers annals. Has 3-1 record vs. SD. QB CHARLIE BATCH is 6-3 as starter with Pit. Registered 25th career win as starter last week. RB JONATHAN DWYER posted 1st rush TD of career last week…WR EMMANUEL SANDERS has career-high in receptions (34) & yards (489) in ’12…TE HEATH MILLER (393) needs 7 receptions to become 3rd Steeler to reach 400 career. Has 7 TD receptions in ’12, tied for most in career (7 in ’07). Has 3 TDs in 3 games vs. SD…Defense allows NFL-low 259.8 yards per game in ’12…In 4 career games vs. SD, LB JAMES HARRISON has 3 sacks, 2 INTs & 2 FFs. Harrison has (62) 2nd-most sacks by Steeler since sacks became official statistic in 1982 (JASON GILDON, 77). …DE BRETT KEISEL has 3 sacks in past 3…S RYAN CLARK posted 2nd INT of season last week…LB LARRY FOOTE leads team with 84 tackles…K SHAUN SUISHAM has registered game-winning FGs in Steelers’ past 2 wins.

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