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January 14, 1996
* Site: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh * Time: 9:30 a.m. * TV: Channel 4 * Radio: KNX (1070) THE MATCHUPS REGULAR SEASON NUMBERS Rush Offense Indianapolis: 116 Pittsburgh: 116 * Pass offense Indianapolis: 192 Pittsburgh: 245 * Rush defense: Indianapolis: 91 Pittsburgh: 83 * Pass defense: Indianapolis: 223 Pittsburgh: 203 * POINTS Offense Indianapolis: 331 Pittsburgh: 407 * Defense Indianapolis: 316 Pittsburgh: 327 * INDIANAPOLIS Rushes: 478 Yards per rush: 3.9 Passes att.
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SPORTS
December 28, 1995 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Harbaugh celebrated his playoff invitation by shrugging. "I'm resigned to the fact that people don't think I'm very good," he said. Dan Marino celebrated by doing the only thing he does better than passing, which is sneering. "It shouldn't have been this hard," he said. Steve Bono, heretofore best known for being one of the few NFL players wearing braces on his teeth, celebrated in accordance with a resume that contains neither enthusiasm nor anecdote. "How it feels? I don't know," he said.
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September 1, 1995 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before going further in this dissertation on football's rear bumper, let's get one thing straight: The AFC title is not going to be won by the defending champion San Diego Chargers. Too many little bugs in the locker room. Too many giants on the schedule. The Chargers have suffered through the death of David Griggs, the illness of Coach Bobby Ross, the serious injury of Darrien Gordon and the nasty holdout of Natrone Means. They are a team that relies not on stars, but staying power.
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January 16, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Throw out the video. Throw in the Terrible Towels. The San Diego Chargers, disregarded in the preseason, maligned during a regular-season slump and mocked in the postseason, foiled their critics with one more improbable comeback at Three Rivers Stadium on Sunday, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-13, in the AFC championship game.
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January 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
Some 75,000 jubilant fans jammed Jack Murphy Stadium on Sunday night, welcoming a San Diego Charger team bound for its first Super Bowl. They screamed, waved and threw toilet paper in celebration of the 17-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. So many people showed up, some were turned away. They parked on neighboring streets to hear the festivities and watch the fireworks. The stadium's giant-screen TV showed the team's plane arriving at Lindbergh Field.
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January 16, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY and STEVE SPRINGER
Pittsburgh Steeler defensive back Tim McKyer collapsed after the game, overwrought with anguish after giving up the winning touchdown pass to Tony Martin in the fourth quarter on a 43-yard scoring play from San Diego Charger quarterback Stan Humphries. But McKyer's coach, Bill Cowher, wasn't about to let his defensive back take the brunt of the blame. "I think it's very unfair of him to do that to himself," Cowher said, "because there's no one play that wins or loses football games. . . .
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January 16, 1995 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The reaction of Pittsburgh's three most quotable players said it all about the Steelers' emotions after their 17-13 loss to San Diego at Three Rivers Stadium on Sunday. Cornerback Tim McKyer was so devastated after getting beat deep on San Diego's winning touchdown pass that he needed four security guards to help him off the field five minutes after the game.
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January 16, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY
A football sits three yards--nine feet--from a goal line and for San Diego it is fourth and forever. Pittsburgh has one more play. Three yards are all that stand between the Chargers and a Super Bowl, all that is keeping the state of California from possessing both of America's Teams. It is half past noon back in San Diego and everybody must be half past crazy.
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January 14, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One side of the country has the real Super Bowl. The other has the Substandard Bowl, an event being treated as if it were the Bud Bowl with live characters. One side has the glamour, the other the grit. One side has Steve Young and Troy Aikman, the other side, those two other guys.
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