Chargers' Five-Game Win Streak Comes To A Halt In Pittsburgh

Subscribe to this Chargers blog Go to the front page

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers watches the Pittsburgh Steelers offense play against the Chargers defense during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH -- Electrifying early and too late, the San Diego Chargers just didn't have enough juice.

They scored on a gorgeous touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson just four plays and barely two minutes into Sunday's game, but the Chargers couldn't sustain their fast-and-furious start and had their season end with a 35-24 playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

After stunning the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC wild-card game last week, the Chargers (9-9), who won their final four regular-season games to make the postseason, traveled to the snow-dusted hills of Western Pennsylvania looking to shock the Steelers (13-4).

The Chargers couldn't have imagined returning to Pittsburgh, where they lost 11-10 on Nov. 16 -- the first of three straight losses that dropped them to 4-8.

But afterward, they were glad they came back.

"The character, the fight, the resiliency we showed says a lot about the group of guys that we have," Rivers said. "When your backs are against the wall, you want to know who's on your side. When you get front-running type guys who are only there when you're reeling off wins, those aren't the type of guys you want.

"We got the right kind of guys. Anytime you're 4-8 and you bounce back and win the division and you win a game in the playoffs, that says a lot."

Source: Associated Press via

January 12, 2009

Join our team:


arnie said... Jan 12, 2009, 7:46:00 PM

where was that resiliency in that game against pittsburg? it seemed like they did none of the things against the steelers that helped them "bounce back" from a 4-8 record. and now they are bounced out of the playoffs...

peace out

Rob Zepeda said... Jan 12, 2009, 10:34:00 PM

Arine, thanks for the take. Keep them coming!

Post a Comment

What's your take? Registration is not required but we encourage you guys to at least use some sort of screen name to help identify one another in discussions. Use Name/URL If You Don't Sign In Please!


Newer Post Older Post Home Page

This Week's Popular Posts


  Pro Football Talk

  USA Today

  San Diego Union - Tribune

  Yahoo! Sports

  ESPN - AFC West

  FOX Sports