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Friday Factoid: A look at the Steelers vs. Chargers

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The Steelers play the Chargers in San Diego Monday night. Here are a few facts to get you informed and psyched up for the game.

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Welcome to the Friday Factoid! The Monday night showdown between the Steelers and the Chargers in San Diego should be a good one. With Michael Vick at the helm and a rapidly improving defense, the Steelers should have a shot at beating the Chargers on their own turf.

  • The Steelers lead the Chargers 22-9 since their very first match up in 1971.
  • In the Tomlin era, the Steelers have won three out of four match ups, including a playoff victory against the Chargers en route to their 2008 Super Bowl victory.
  • The Steelers lost their last game against the San Diego Chargers at home on December 9, 2012 by a final score of 24-34.
  • The last time the two teams faced off at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego was on October 8, 2006 when the Chargers won 23-13.
  • The Steelers played the Chargers in San Diego in a Monday Night Football match up ten years ago. On October 10, 2005 the Steelers pulled out a victory in James Harrison's break out game, one that also saw Roethlisberger fall to a knee injury.
  • The Chargers have a strong passing game, ranked 2nd in the league so far this season.
  • The Chargers run defense is 29th. That could bode well for Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams.
  • When the Steelers have started their season 2-2 during the Tomlin era, they have only lost their fifth game once. Here the breakdown: 
  1. 2014: Week 5 Win against the Jaguars in Jacksonville 17-9
  2. 2012: Week 6 (Week 5 was a bye week) Win against the Eagles at hom 16-14
  3. 2011: Week 5 Win against the Titans at home 38-17
  4. 2009: Week 5 Win against the Lions in Detroit 28-20
  • The Chargers are also 2-2 going into this game having beaten the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions. They lost to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings.
  • In case you forgot, Philip Rivers was also a first-round pick in 2004, the same year Roethlisberger was picked up by the Steelers.