4:45 PM ET, January 11, 2009
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH -- There is a home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs after all, and it belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
• The Steelers advanced to their fourth AFC Championship Game in the last 10 seasons, the third-most appearances during that span.
• Philip Rivers threw for 103 yards in the first quarter, marking just the fourth time the Steelers have allowed a quarterback to throw for over 100 yards in any quarter this season.
• Speedy Chargers playmaker Darren Sproles finished the game with 274 total yards and a score. Sproles' 602 combined total yards is an NFL record for a two-game playoff span.
• Santonio Holmes' 67-yard punt return in the first quarter was the longest in Steelers postseason history.
• Pittsburgh's 35 points were more than the three other home teams (Titans, Panthers, and Giants) scored this weekend combined (34 points).
-- ESPN research
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|Wins by 10+ pts||8|
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||12:59||Vincent Jackson 41 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||7||0|
|TD||07:41||Santonio Holmes 67 Yd Punt Return (Jeff Reed Kick)||7||7|
|FG||01:56||Nate Kaeding 42 Yd||10||7|
|TD||00:40||Willie Parker 3 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||10||14|
|TD||07:04||Heath Miller 8 Yd Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick)||10||21|
|TD||12:52||Gary Russell 1 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||10||28|
|TD||09:09||Legedu Naanee 4 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||17||28|
|TD||04:11||Willie Parker 16 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||17||35|
|TD||01:53||Darren Sproles 62 Yd Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick)||24||35|