The Chargers entered Sunday 0-for-14 in franchise history in regular season games in Pittsburgh.
As the game kicked off, the frenzied crowd at Heinz Field was incredibly loud and rowdy.
Almost three hours later, as the clock ticked down to zero, the stadium was completely silent save for a number of proud Chargers fans who cheered wildly.
They had plenty of reason to celebrate as for the first time in team history, the Bolts visited the Steelers and came away with a victory.
“That’s never been done,”
Not only did the Chargers leave Heinz Field victorious, they did so in resounding fashion, completely controlling the game from the opening kickoff until the final kneel down. In the process, the Bolts scored 35 points, the most in team history against the Steelers. The feat was even more impressive since they did so against Pittsburgh’s top ranked defense.
A lot of credit goes to head coach Norv Turner, who called a perfect game and had his team well prepared to face a top-notch Steelers team in a hostile environment. As a result of securing the franchise’s first win in Pittsburgh, as well as scoring the most points against them, Chairman of the Board and President Dean Spanos stood in front of the entire Chargers team after the game and presented Turner with a game ball. As soon as the words came out of Spanos’ mouth, the entire team clapped and cheered wildly as Turner accepted it.
When all is said and done this season, the game will go down in the record books as just that – one single game. But standing in the locker room as the team celebrated the historic victory, it’s clear the game represented much more to the players, coaches and front office than just any ordinary win.