--Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers gained 410 total yards Sunday, the Chargers kept them out them out of the end zone. After three trips to the red zone, the Steelers were forced to settle for a pair of field goals. A goal-line stand stopped Pittsburgh's other red-zone drive, with Brandon Siler making the play on fourth-and-1.
--The Bolts defense kept the game intact as it delivered its most consistent pass rush in weeks. Entering the game on Sunday, the Bolts had registered just one sack in their last 13 quarters. The Bolts' defense upped the ante with four sacks Sunday, its most since a Week 6 win over the New England Patriots.
--The Chargers recorded their longest drive of the season with a 17-play march down the field. Although the Steelers kept the Bolts out of the end zone after the impressive drive, K Nate Kaeding gave the Chargers the lead with a 22-yard chip shot.
--Pittsburgh scored only 11 points in the win, two of which came via safety. The nine points allowed by the defense were the fewest given up by the Chargers this season.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson
--Due to LT's TD run, the Bolts put points on the scoreboard before their opponent for the first time in five weeks.
--Showing improved discipline, the Chargers only recorded two penalties for 5 yards. The Steelers were flagged 13 times for 115 yards.
What Didn't Work
--For the third time this season, the Bolts failed to maintain a fourth-quarter lead in the final 30 seconds. San Diego's 11-10 loss to the Steelers marked the first time in NFL history a game ended in such a score.
--Against the NFL's top-rated defense, QB Philip Rivers finished the day 15-of-26 for 159 yards and two interceptions. It was the first game this season in which he was held without a touchdown pass. On the flip side, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was 31-of-41 for 308 yards and a perfect 6-for-6 on the game-winning drive.
--In the first drive of the game, Rivers intended a pass for WR Vincent Jackson only to have it bobbled and intercepted by Troy Polamalu . The Steelers failed to capitalize on Rivers' mishap as Jeff Reed's 51-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.
--In the first drive of the second quarter, Rivers once again had trouble holding onto the ball. After being hit by Pittsburgh's James Harrison in the end zone, Rivers fumbled the ball before it was recovered by Marcus McNeill for a safety.
--The Bolts gave up another opportunity for a touchdown late in first half. Harrison grabbed Rivers' second interception of the day and returned the ball for 33 yards to set up a 32-yard field goal by Reed with 15 seconds left in the half. The play likely accounted for a 10-point swing in Pittsburgh's favor.
--The Steelers owned the running game, as Willie Parker outrushed LT, 115-57. The passing game was also in the Steelers' favor as they totaled 286 passing yards, nearly doubling San Diego's 147 yards through the air.
The Bolts' loss to the Steelers has dropped them to 4-6. Next week, the Bolts will face the Indianapolis Colts at Qualcomm Stadium. Just like last season's Divisional Round matchup between these two teams, it's "win or go home" for the Chargers.
The Bolts are 3-1 at home this season and spend the next three weeks at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego likely has to sweep that stretch to get back in the AFC West race.