Sunday, January 11, 2009

Steelers Move Onto the AFC Championship Game

(Photo by Chris Graythen, Getty Images)

It was close in the first half, as the Stillers (that's 'Burgh talk, yinz) got down early, with the Chargers taking a 7-0 lead on their opening drive. But Santonio Holmes ran a punt back for a touchdown to tie the game at seven, and the Black and Gold got a touchdown from Willie Parker (who has run for 146 yards) to take a 14-10 lead into the locker room.

The second half has belonged to Steelers, as Ben Roethlisberger threw a touchdown to Heath Miller, and Gary Russell and Fast Willie (Parker) both ran for scores. San Diego (favorite team of Ron Burgundy, though he is friendly with Merlin Olsen, who played for the LA Rams) tacked on a garbage-time touchdown, and the Steelers won 35-24.

I still have nightmares about the Steelers 14-10 loss to the Chargers in the 1995 AFC Championship Game, so this one is sweet.

Next up - the AFC Championship Game, as the Ravens come to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. That will be the late game (6:30 PM Eastern Time), and Arizona will host Philadelphia in the early game (3:00). The winners meet in Super Bowl XLIII.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good Game by the Steelers Rob! I still can't believe the Chargers ran one offensive play in the 3rd quarter. I can really see an All-Pa Superbowl, but still one game left before that! Both Championship games will be good..hopefully lol

Good Luck!