The San Diego Chargers face an incredible task this week. Playing a game in Pittsburgh in what is expected to be blistering cold weather, against a Steelers team that possess the best defense in football, will undoubtedly be a monumental undertaking. The Chargers have found no success in Pittsburgh, at least in the regular season. San Diego is 0-13 lifetime playing in Pittsburgh, and is 6-20 against the Steelers overall. But if there is a bright spot in the Chargers vs Steelers history, it would have to be San Diego's post-season record against Pittsburgh. In their two post season meetings, the San Diego Chargers came away victorious: 1982, the Bolts traveled to the Steel City and squeaked out a 31-28 road win in the AFC First-Round Playoff. And in the 1994 AFC Championship game, the Chargers found themselves again in hostile territory but won 17-13.
Steelers Head Coach knows what kind of team the 2008 San Diego Chargers are, and he is not taking them lightly:
They have been in some close football games; at this point they have won more than they have lost. I think that good teams find a way to do that. That is why I make a conscious effort not to measure anything; it is just a complete body of work. Good teams find a way to win. I think that this is the ultimate parity league. They were an 8-8 team going into the playoffs, but there is not much different between 8-8 and 11-5 or 12-4. You look at some of their games, their first two games could have gone either way, and probably should have gone in another direction. We won our game by one point. That is one that you can look to as one that could have gone the other way. This is a good football team; they were a good football team then and they are a good football team now. They are finding ways to win football games when their backs are against the wall. They came back and found a way to win against Kansas City; the Bucs were up on them down in Tampa, and they were trying to fight to get into the playoffs; they don’t blink; they find ways to win. They are a good football team; they are well-coached. They have guys that have been there and done that. A bunch of those guys were in the AFC Championship Game a season ago. They won’t be in awe of what they see when they come out of that tunnel on Sunday.
To read the entire transcript from Head Coach Mike Tomlin's Tuesday press conference, head over to Steelers.com