A rematch of the thrilling 2018 contest between the Steelers and the Chargers could be headed to Mexico next season.
Earlier today, our own Dale Lolley reported the two teams were likely to face off in an international game during the 2019 season, and Mexican newspaper Reforma just confirmed that notion. According to Reforma, the matchup would take place in November at Estadio Azteca, a massive stadium in Mexico City which can hold 87,000 fans.
Mexico City also sits at extreme altitude — 7,200 feet above sea level — adding an extra splash of intrigue to the matchup.
Should the matchup come together as expected, it would serve as an away game for the Steelers. The Chargers are already announced as the home squad for an international game in 2019 and the Steelers cannot contractually hold an international home game, per their stadium lease.
In their last meeting Dec. 2, the Chargers came from behind to defeat the Steelers, 33-30, at Heinz Field. The loss came in the middle of a three-game losing skid to the AFC West that ultimately kept the Steelers out of the playoff race and marked the first time in Steelers history that they lost a home game after leading by 16 points. Losses to the Raiders and the Broncos bookended that slide.
Adding even more fuel to the fire for the rematch, Mike Hilton told me shortly after the Steelers' season ended that the Chargers game is the one loss from the 2018 campaign that stings the most:
This past season, the Chiefs and Rams were scheduled for a Mexico City showdown, but the league moved that game back to Los Angeles at the last moment, citing poor field conditions. That will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion and concern before the 2019 season returns there.
The Steelers' last international game came back in 2013, when the Vikings defeated them, 34-27, at Wembley Stadium.