8:20 PM ET, October 4, 2009
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Steelers struggle late again, but early lead holds up against Chargers
PITTSBURGH -- Until now, the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn't get Rashard Mendenhall going. The San Diego Chargers couldn't get him stopped. Mendenhall helped the Steelers run up a big lead, then made certain they didn't give it away with another fumbled fourth quarter.Mendenhall surpassed his previous career totals with 165 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Ben Roethlisberger got fast-starting Pittsburgh going with his throwing and the Steelers opened a 28-point lead before holding on to beat the San Diego Chargers 38-28 on Sunday night.
What A Rush
A much-maligned Steelers run game was energized by Rashard Mendenhall's big performance, recording most of his yards when the Chargers crowded the box with defenders. A loaded box is when the number of defenders in the box is more than the number of offensive blockers.
|vs. Loaded Box||vs. Non-Loaded Box|
-- ESPN Stats and Information
• Ben Roeth-
lisberger got his ninth career 300-yard passing game and the Steelers avoided their first three-game losing streak since 2006.
• Rashard Mendenhall had a career-high 165 yards and two TDs. He's the fifth Steelers player to reach those totals in a single game since the 1970 merger.
• The Steelers were 5-for-5 in the red zone and have converted 12 of 13 attempts (8 TD, 4 FG) in the red zone in 2009.
• The Chargers have had fewer than 100 yards rushing, while allowing 130-plus yards on the ground, in four straight games to start the season.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Pittsburgh has won its last eight home games, counting the postseason. ... San Diego lost for the first time in six games since 2002 against the Super Bowl winner of the previous season. ... Pittsburgh is 8-1 against San Diego since an AFC Championship Game loss in January 1995.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-2||5-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||11:53||Rashard Mendenhall 1 Yard Run (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 79 yds, 3:11
|TD||4:17||Mewelde Moore 19 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yds, 6:27
|TD||1:33||Rashard Mendenhall 2 Yard Run (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 79 yds, 6:07
|TD||7:56||Heath Miller 6 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yds, 5:01
|TD||1:40||Antonio Gates 3 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 79 yds, 6:15
|TD||12:57||Jacob Hester 41 Yard Fumble Return (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, -9 yds, 1:02
|TD||7:24||Heath Miller 6 Yard Pass From Mewelde Moore (Jeff Reed Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yds, 5:19
|TD||5:57||Antonio Gates 30 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 67 yds, 1:30
|TD||4:39||Chris Chambers 13 Yard Pass From Philip Rivers (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 54 yds, 1:17
|FG||0:48||Jeff Reed 46 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 51 yds, 3:48