NFL Capsule-Chargers at Steelers

Updated: December 6, 2012, 1:37 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (4-8) At PITTSBURGH (7-5)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE -- OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Chargers 5-7; Steelers 6-6

SERIES RECORD -- Steelers lead 22-8

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Chargers No. 24; Steelers No. 11

LAST MEETING -- Steelers 38, Chargers 28, Oct. 4, 2009

LAST WEEK -- Chargers lost to Bengals 20-13; Steelers beat Ravens 23-20

CHARGERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (26), RUSH (26), PASS (18)

CHARGERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (9), RUSH (6), PASS (21)

STEELERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (20), RUSH (24), PASS (14)

STEELERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (1), RUSH (5), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Chargers have lost four straight and six of last seven. ... Steelers unbeaten at home against San Diego during regular season (14-0). ... Pittsburgh 9-2 in December over last three seasons. ... Pittsburgh CB Ike Taylor will miss first game in eight years due to fractured right ankle. Second-year CB Cortez Allen will start in Taylor's place. ... San Diego TE Antonio Gates needs one more touchdown to tie Lance Alworth for team record in career touchdown receptions (81). ... Steelers K Shaun Suisham leads NFL in field goal percentage (.960) by making 24 of 25 kicks this season, including three game-winners. ... Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger needs 134 yards passing yards to become 25th player in NFL history to top 29,000 career passing yards. ... Chargers have six defensive touchdowns this season, second in league behind Chicago's seven. ... Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller's seven touchdowns this season have tied career high he previously set in 2007. ... Steelers allowing 12.4 points at Heinz Field this season, fewest in NFL. ... Pittsburgh CB Keenan Lewis tied for NFL lead in passes defensed with 19. ... San Diego has already been eliminated from AFC West race. ... Chargers QB Philip Rivers will make his 109th straight start on Sunday, second-longest streak by QB in NFL behind New York Giants QB Eli Manning. ... San Diego coach Norv Turner sixth among active NFL coaches in career victories with 115. ... Steelers 11-2 in last 13 games at Heinz Field, both losses coming against Baltimore Ravens. ... Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin 3-0 against San Diego. ... Pittsburgh third in NFL in third-down efficiency (44.8 percent) while San Diego 27th in third-down defense (42.2 percent). ... Steelers second in NFL in average time of possession (33:33) while Chargers fourth (31:35).

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