Steelers linebacker Devin Bush, right, whacks Chargers running back Austin Ekeler in the face in the first half. Ekeler ran for two touchdowns and caught two TD passes against the Steelers. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times)
Breaking down the notable numbers behind the Chargers’ 41-37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at SoFi Stadium on Sunday.
Touchdown allowed by the Steelers on the opponent’s first drive this season. The Chargers became the first when Austin Ekeler ran six yards for a score to complete a 17-play drive.
Career games in which Ekeler has had at least one receiving and one rushing touchdown. That’s second to Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (seven) on the Chargers’ all-time list. Ekeler had two each against Pittsburgh.
Running backs in 30 years to score at least five rushing and five receiving touchdowns in the first 10 games of a season, after Ekeler joined Kareem Hunt and Marshall Faulk. Ekeler has run for a career-high seven this season.
Players since 1950 to throw for at least 7,000 yards in their first 25 starts, after the Chargers’ Justin Herbert joined Patrick Mahomes, Kurt Warner and Dan Marino.
Career games in which Herbert has thrown at least three touchdown passes. Only Marino (13) has more such games in his first two seasons since 1950. Herbert also ran for a QB franchise-record 90 yards.
Pittsburgh 3 7 0 27 — 37
CHARGERS 7 10 10 14 — 41
Pittsburgh — Field goal Boswell 36, 8:29. Drive: 14 plays, 57 yards, 6:31. Key plays: Roethlisberger 8 pass to Claypool on 3rd-and-5, Roethlisberger 4 pass to Freiermuth on 3rd-and-3, Roethlisberger 16 pass to D.Johnson. Pittsburgh 3, CHARGERS 0.
CHARGERS — Ekeler 6 run (Hopkins kick), 2:09. Drive: 13 plays, 73 yards, 6:20. Key plays: Roberts kick return to CHARGERS 27, Herbert 22 pass to Williams on 3rd-and-14, Herbert 11 pass to K.Allen, Ekeler 3 run on 3rd-and-2, Herbert 17 pass to Williams on 3rd-and-3. CHARGERS 7, Pittsburgh 3.
CHARGERS — Ekeler 10 pass from Herbert…