Bolts Notebook: Another Nosedive

Sunday served up another heartbreaking loss for the San Diego Chargers in what many considered a must-win game. The Bolts made history with the 11-10 final score and may have become history in the process. Samantha Fillerup offers her weekly notes and anecdotes from Sunday's action.

--The Bolts have still never won a regular season game in Pittsburgh (0-13). The Steelers lead the series, 20-8, but San Diego found a way to win twice in the postseason. Incidentally, both of those playoff games were played in Pittsburgh.

--Philip Rivers came into the game after his first ever back-to-back 300-yard games and tried to accomplish the feat again against a Steelers defense that has not given up one 300-yard game this season. Rivers fell way short, tying a season-low with 159 yards passing, yet still leads the AFC with a passer rating of 100.9.

--The Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons, 24-20, and are now 6-4, a full two games ahead of the Bolts. Sunday marked the Bolts' third loss by two points or less. San Diego is now 1-5 on the road this season.


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--Both teams' kickers missed a field goal on Sunday, a rarity for such an accurate pair. Nate Kaeding had not missed since Week 6 against the New England Patriots. Steelers PK Jeff Reed had not missed since November 26, 2007 against the Miami Dolphins.

--LaDainian Tomlinson's rushing touchdown in the first quarter was his first since Sept. 28 against the Oakland Raiders. FB Mike Tolbert and RT Jeromey Clary cleared the way for him en route to the end zone.

--Tomlinson's score signified the Bolts' first rushing touchdown in their last 188 carries. Likewise, it was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Steelers defense in 113 opposing rushes.

--Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, two products of the 2004 draft, both failed to throw a touchdown. Roethlisberger completed 31-of-41 passes for 308 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Rivers was 15-of-26 for 164 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.

--The Steelers' defense is ranked first in the league and held San Diego to 10 points. Last week, the Steelers dropped three potential interceptions against the Indianapolis Colts, but snagged two from Rivers on Sunday.

--The San Diego defense has allowed six touchdowns on its last 15 red-zone drives. Ron Rivera's group made a crucial stand in the first quarter and forced a key turnover on downs. The defense also provided plenty of pressure on Roethlisberger and sacked him four times. It was the team's first multi-sack game since Week 6.


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