Steelers Unplug Feisty Chargers

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2009 7:07 PM CST
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) catches a 41-yard touchdown pass against Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, in Pittsburgh.   (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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(Newser) – Electrifying early and too late, the San Diego Chargers just didn't have enough juice, the AP reports. They scored on a gorgeous touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson just four plays and barely two minutes into today'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.

The Steelers' top-ranked defense swarmed over Darren Sproles, cutting the pesky 5-foot-6 running back down to size for most of the game.The Chargers will remember the third quarter as when it all got away: San Diego's defense couldn't stop Pittsburgh as the Steelers held the ball for 14:43 to just 17 seconds for San Diego. Without star LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers couldn't penetrate the Steelers' mighty D.