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Roethlisberger wasn't intercepted after being picked off eight times, with only one touchdown pass, in his previous three games, including seven interceptions against the Colts and Giants. No matter, the Steelers' only scoring drives ended with field goals of 21, 41 and 32 yards by Reed.
Reed's 21-yarder came on the final play before halftime and followed linebacker James Harrison's interception of Philip Rivers' pass on a first-down play that began with the Chargers driving at the Steelers 17 -- a big swing in momentum. Rivers, the AFC's most efficient quarterback coming in, was 15-of-26 for 159 yards and two interceptions.
The Steelers' only other first-half scoring came when Harrison -- yes, him again -- sacked Rivers on a third-and-9 play from the San Diego 3, with the quarterback fumbling and left tackle Marcus McNeill recovering deep in his own end zone for a safety that made it 7-2.
The Chargers, coming off a 20-19 win over Kansas City that followed three losses in four games, led 7-0 after LaDainian Tomlinson scored on a 3-yard run midway through the first period, his first scoring run in 93 carries. He ended with 57 yards on 18 carries. San Diego began that drive at its own 41 after Reed couldn't convert from 51 yards out on a slippery turf, his first miss in 20 attempts.
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