Actually, they had a three-and-out on three of their ten possessions. The real problem was converting third downs on the Steelers side of the field and settling for field goals.
The Bolts crossed into Steeler territory six times but came away with only two touchdown scores.
"If you can get touchdowns – you are looking at 30 plus points," said quarterback Drew Brees.
Brees ended the day 20-of-35 for 219 yards and a touchdown but never seemed to be in rhythm. He missed several receivers by a wide margin and Antonio Gates made a circus catch to avoid an incompletion. Seven of his passes went to LaDainian Tomlinson, one which he broke for a 41-yard gain.
The Chargers are now 14-14 on Monday Night Football while Pittsburgh moved to 32-20.
Pittsburgh owns a 19-7 series edge over the Bolts and has won the last five, and ten of the last 12.
Tomlinson leads the NFL with nine touchdowns. He ended the night with 130 yards from scrimmage on 25 touches.
The Chargers have scored a rushing touchdown in 23 consecutive games. It is the longest active streak in the NFL. The league record is 35 games, set by Green Bay from 1959-1962.
"I am trying to spend as much time as I can in the backfield," he said after the game.
After the sack he flipped the switch – the tattoo on his arm of a lights out switch that he had commissioned after high school.
"I think we were more efficient in the second half but we got off to a slow start," Kassim Osgood said. "We have to speed it up next time."