4:05 PM ET, December 21, 2003
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are wondering where all these big plays on offense and defense were all season.Tommy Maddox threw three touchdown passes, Jerome Bettis passed Marcus Allen to become the seventh leading rusher in NFL history and the Steelers beat up on the turnover-riddled San Diego Chargers 40-24 Sunday.
Drew Brees has held his frustrations in admirably this season, and I think his benching in this game was too much for him to handle. This season he has taken lumps from the players and the coaching staff, and I'm sure he felt he was being unfairly criticized and judged. This game could be the end of the line for both Marty Schottenheimer and Brees.
Question on the Steelers: Given the offense's struggles this year, will Mike Mularkey still be a hot coaching prospect?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||5.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||6:09||PLAXICO BURRESS 25 YD PASS FROM TOMMY MADDOX (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 11 plays, 57 yds, 6:09
|TD||14:50||JEROME BETTIS 1 YD RUN (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 12 plays, 81 yds, 7:11
|TD||2:11||PLAXICO BURRESS 16 YD PASS FROM TOMMY MADDOX (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 43 yds, 1:16
|TD||7:55||LADAINIAN TOMLINSON 5 YD RUN (STEVE CHRISTIE KICK) |
Drive: 12 plays, 68 yds, 5:44
|FG||14:56||STEVE CHRISTIE 31 YD |
Drive: 6 plays, 30 yds, 1:13
|TD||2:59||KASSIM OSGOOD 57 YD PASS FROM DREW BREES (STEVE CHRISTIE KICK) |
Drive: 6 plays, 72 yds, 2:59
|TD||6:35||HINES WARD 20 YD PASS FROM TOMMY MADDOX (JEFF REED KICK) |
Drive: 2 plays, 20 yds, :44
|FG||0:45||JEFF REED 47 YD |
Drive: 13 plays, 67 yds, 6:22
|TD||4:59||LADAINIAN TOMLINSON 2 YD RUN (STEVE CHRISTIE KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 69 yds, 4:14
|FG||9:56||JEFF REED 40 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 44 yds, 4:57
|TD||10:31||DESHEA TOWNSEND 25 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (PAT FAILED)||24||40|