Final

Chargers 10

(4-6, 1-5 away)

Steelers 11

(7-3, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, November 16, 2008

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA 

1 2 3 4 T
SD 7 0 0 310
PIT 0 5 3 311

Top Performers

Passing: B. Roethlisberger (PIT) - 308 YDS

Rushing: W. Parker (PIT) - 25 CAR, 115 YDS

Receiving: H. Ward (PIT) - 11 REC, 124 YDS

Chargers 0-13 in Pittsburgh as Steelers rally for victory

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- There's never been a game like this in NFL history.

The bizarre 11-10 final score was fitting because the Chargers still haven't had the regular-season finish they want in Pittsburgh: a winning one.

Ben Roethlisberger stayed away from the mistakes that cost the Steelers their previous two home games, Willie Parker ran for 115 yards and Jeff Reed's third field goal won it -- a 32-yarder with 11 seconds remaining -- as Pittsburgh rallied to beat the Chargers on a snowy Sunday.

Fast Facts

• The Steelers are in sole possession of first place in the AFC North and extended their home win streak over the Chargers to 13 games, the fourth longest active streak in the NFL.

• The 11-10 score was the first time in the history of the NFL a game has ended with the score of 11-10.

• Ben Roethlisberger passed for 308 yards on a season-high 41 attempts. Roethlisberger has now passed for 41 attempts in back-to-back games. It was Roethlisberger's first 300-yard passing game at home since 2006 against Denver.

• Philip Rivers tied a season-low with 159 passing yards and two interceptions in the loss.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

The first such score in 12,837 NFL games was in jeopardy when Troy Polamalu returned an errant lateral 12 yards for an apparent touchdown on the final play. The play was overturned on review -- it was called an illegal forward pass -- and the 11-10 final was restored.

After the game, referee Scott Green said the officials realized afterward the touchdown should have counted, though it wouldn't have affected the result.

"It was weird," Steelers receiver Hines Ward said. "We definitely have to work on our offense. But this game is about wins and losses, and we won."

The only thing perfect on a snowy, frigid day when the weather and the offenses were equally awful was San Diego's regular-season record in Pittsburgh. Make it 0-13.

"I like playing on grass, mud, anything that slows down an offense," said linebacker James Harrison, who made a series of key plays.

Nate Kaeding put San Diego (4-6) up 10-8 with a 22-yard field goal with 6:41 to play, after missing from the 41 in the third quarter with the Steelers (7-3) leading 8-7.

Kaeding's miss came at Heinz Field's open end, where breezes blowing off the nearby three rivers cause tricky kicking conditions. Reed made his decisive kick at the same end following a 13-play, 73-yard drive in which Roethlisberger was 6-of-6 for 49 yards.

"I hit that one the best, and I knew it right away," Reed said.

The Steelers outgained the Chargers 410-213, and most teams with a 300-yard passer, a 115-yard rusher and a 124-yard receiver (Ward) normally have plenty of offense.

But the Steelers couldn't get into the end zone even as Roethlisberger went 31-of-41 for 308 yards against the NFL's worst passing defense, partly because they had 13 penalties for 115 yards to San Diego's two for 5 yards. Also, Mewelde Moore was stopped from a foot out on a fourth-and-goal play late in the first quarter.

A snow squall about 45 minutes before the late-afternoon kickoff coated Heinz's grass surface on a breezy, 35-degere day that began with a wind chill of 26. The mid-November conditions were a visible reminder of the warm-weather Chargers' struggles in Pittsburgh, where they have never won a regular-season game, although they are 2-0 there in the playoffs.

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"I'm not going to say that snow didn't help us. It did," safety Ryan Clark said.

Roethlisberger wasn't intercepted after being picked off eight times, with only one touchdown pass, in his previous three games, including seven interceptions in successive home-field losses to the Colts (24-20) and Giants (21-14). Still, the Steelers' only scoring drives ended with Reed's field goals of 21, 41 and 32 .

"We've gotten into some close games and we haven't found a way to win. It was important for us to get into a close game like this and find a way to win," Aaron Smith said after Pittsburgh regained first place in the AFC North.

Reed's 21-yarder on the final play before halftime followed Harrison's interception of Philip Rivers' pass on a first-down play that began with the Chargers driving at the Steelers 17 -- a big swing in momentum. Rivers, the AFC's most efficient quarterback coming in, finished 15-of-26 for 159 yards and two interceptions even though Pittsburgh was missing two of its top three cornerbacks.

"Any time a defense gives up nine points, we should win the game," Rivers said. "We didn't get it done."

The Steelers' only other first-half scoring came when Harrison -- yes, him again -- sacked Rivers on a third-and-9 play from the San Diego 3, with the quarterback fumbling and left tackle Marcus McNeill recovering deep in his own end zone for a safety that made it 7-2.

"It's just frustrating when you know that that's not the San Diego Chargers," tight end Antonio Gates said. "The Pittsburgh Steelers have a great defense but that's not how we play football offensively."

The Chargers, coming off a 20-19 win over Kansas City that followed three losses in four games, led 7-0 after LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run midway through the first period, his first scoring run in 93 carries. He ended with 57 yards on 18 carries.

San Diego began that drive at its own 41 after Reed couldn't convert from 51 yards out on the slippery turf, his first miss in 20 attempts.

Game notes


Chargers DE Luis Castillo left in the third quarter with a groin injury and did not return. ... The Steelers have only three days off before playing Cincinnati, which tied the Eagles 13-13 -- the NFL's first tie in six years. ... San Diego is 0-3 in Eastern time zone games. ... Reed hadn't missed since a failed 44-yarder in ankle-deep mud during a last-minute, 3-0 win over Miami last Nov. 26.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SD
PIT
1st Downs1624
Passing 1st downs
816
Rushing 1st downs
78
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
5-107-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays5073
Total Yards218410
Yards per play4.45.6
Total Drives910
Passing152286
Comp-Att
15-2631-41
Yards per pass
5.46.4
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-124-22
Rushing66124
Rushing Attempts
2228
Yards per rush
3.04.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-30-3
Penalties2-513-115
Turnovers20
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession23:2936:31

Passing Leaders

SDC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Rivers15/261646.3022-12
PITC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Roethlisberger31/413087.5004-22

Rushing Leaders

SDCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson18573.2112
Rivers155.005
PITCARYDSAVGTDLG
Parker251154.6013
Russell2105.006

Receiving Leaders

SDRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson34515.0026
Floyd22914.5015
PITRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ward1112411.3030
Holmes56312.6019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSDPIT
sdTD6:50Ladainian Tomlinson 3 Yard Run (Nate Kaeding Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 59 yds, 3:30
70
SECOND QUARTERSDPIT
pitSF14:54Marcus Mcneill Fumble Recovery In Own End Zone
Drive info: 3 plays, -2 yds, 0:26
72
pitFG0:03Jeff Reed 21 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 54 yds, 1:23
75
THIRD QUARTERSDPIT
pitFG8:45Jeff Reed 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 54 yds, 6:19
78
FOURTH QUARTERSDPIT
sdFG6:44Nate Kaeding 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 17 plays, 78 yds, 7:34
108
pitFG0:15Jeff Reed 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 73 yds, 6:30
1011