Steelers 24

(3-1, 2-0 away)

Chargers 22

(2-3, 1-2 home)

9:00 PM ET, October 10, 2005

Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
PIT 0 14 0 1024
SD 0 7 6 922

Top Performers

Passing: B. Roethlisberger (PIT) - 225 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Tomlinson (SD) - 18 CAR, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: H. Ward (PIT) - 6 REC, 83 YDS

Pittsburgh (2-1) at San Diego (2-2)

Pittsburgh (2-1) at San Diego (2-2), Monday 9:00 pm EDT

SAN DIEGO (Ticker) -- LaDainian Tomlinson and Ben Roethlisberger grace the Monday night stage when the San Diego Chargers host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a battle of division champions from a year ago.

Tomlinson and Drew Brees led the Chargers to a 12-4 record and the AFC West title last season. However, San Diego was beaten in the wild card round by the New York Jets.

Roethlisberger was 13-0 as a rookie last season as the Steelers finished with an NFL-best 15-1 record, but lost in the AFC championship game to the New England Patriots.

Roethlisberger's first regular season loss also came to the Patriots, 23-20, on September 25. He completed just 12-of-28 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, but has the league's top quarterback rating of 131.8. He has passed for 688 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions.

The Chargers snapped the Patriots' 21-game home winning streak with an impressive 41-17 victory last week.

Tomlinson rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and Brees completed 19-of-24 passes for 248 yards and two scores.

Regarded by many to be the NFL's best all-around back, Tomlinson followed up a 192-yard rushing performance against the New York Giants with a big day against the Patriots and extended his streak of recording a touchdown to 16 straight games, three shy of tying Hall of Famer Lenny Moore's NFL record.

Tomlinson leads the league with eight touchdowns and needs two Monday to reach 70 in his 68th game, tying the fewest games played with 70 touchdowns by Steve Van Buren of Philadelphia.

Tomlinson rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Chargers' 40-24 loss at Pittsburgh in the last meeting between the teams on December 21, 2003.

Jerome Bettis, who has yet to play this season due to a pulled calf muscle but may return for the Sunday night game, rushed for 115 yards in the last meeting between the teams.

Willie Parker, an undrafted rookie in 2004, has taken over as the team's feature back due to injuries to Bettis and Duce Staley and has rushed for 327 yards in three games.

The Chargers will wear their 1960s powder-blue jerseys on Monday night.

Matchup to watch: Chargers Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, who had six catches for 108 yards in last week's win at New England, faces strong safety Troy Polamalu.

Series: The Steelers lead, 18-5, winning the last four meetings. Coach Bill Cowher is 6-1 against San Diego.

Next week: Pittsburgh hosts Jacksonville, October 16 San Diego visits Oakland, October 16.


Passing Leaders

B. Roethlisberger67.14952329
R. Golden100.02500
P. Rivers66.542863118
K. Clemens33.31000

Rushing Leaders

L. Bell29013614.78
L. Blount652664.12
B. Oliver1605823.63
R. Mathews743304.53

Receiving Leaders

A. Brown129169813.213
L. Bell8385410.33
M. Floyd5285616.56
A. Gates6982111.912

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsPIT
Yards PassingPIT
Yards RushingPIT
Yards AllowedPIT
Pass Yds AllowedPIT
Rush Yds AllowedPIT

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Pittsburgh leads 2-0
Dec 21, 2003PIT 40, SD 24