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Steelers crush Chargers to reach AFC championship

THE Pittsburgh Steelers stormed into the AFC championship game with a 35-24 victory over the visiting San Diego Chargers yesterday.

The Steelers scored 21 unanswered points after falling behind 10-7 to set up a championship meeting with the Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Jan. 18.

The winner advances to the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Florida, where they will meet either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Arizona Cardinals.

Willie Parker ran for two touchdowns and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for another for the Steelers, who defeated the Ravens twice during regular season and will be confident of adding a third victory next Sunday. Pittsburgh completely dominated the decisive third quarter and set up victory by restricting San Diego to just a single offensive play.

Philip Rivers passed for three touchdowns for San Diego, who had won five consecutive games after starting the season 4-8.


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