Chargers offense sputters

The Chargers first four possessions went punt, punt, punt, interception. And on the first three they gained just 12 yards.

  • "We had way too many three-and-outs," Shane Olive said.

    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.

  • Head coach Marty Schottenheimer coached in his 300th NFL game on Monday but the loss kept him stuck on 179 wins, seven shy of tying Chuck Knox for seventh place on the all-time list.

    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 extended his NFL record of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown to 17 on Monday with his two-yard score in the fourth quarter. He is two shy of tying the NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown rushing or receiving (Lenny Moore, 19).

    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.

  • Shawne Merriman recorded his first sack of the year on Monday. He also forced a fumble and batted down a pass. His sack was on of three the Chargers had on Monday night.

    "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.

  • Kassim Osgood notched his first reception of the year. He had been shutout in the first four games of the year after netting 15 receptions a year ago.

    "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."

  • The Monday night crowd set a new Chargers record for attendance at 68,537. It topped the previous mark was 68,274 set against the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 24, 1999.

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