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Monday, January 12, 2009
Breaking down Chargers' loss by the numbers

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Thanks to ESPN's Stats & Information, here are some telling charts from the Chargers' 35-24 loss at Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional playoffs on Sunday:

3rd Quarter at a Glance

Chargers Steelers
Plays 1 24
Yards 0 122
Turnovers 2 0
Time of possession 0:17 14:43

Ben Roethlisberger had all day to throw, and was rarely pressured into leaving the pocket. Meanwhile, the Steelers were able to get to Philip Rivers.

No Pressure on Big Ben

Roethlisberger Rivers
Sacks 1 4
QB hits 1 6
Interceptions 0 1
Thrown away 1 2

The Steelers were balanced in the first half, while the Chargers had to go to the pass in the second half.

Chargers Abandon the Run

San Diego Pittsburgh

Run Pass Run Pass
First half 12 17 14 14
Second half 0 22 28 14
Total 12 39 42 28