Welcome to the first edition of the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Greatest Plays Bracket. In honor of March Madness, we at BTSC have decided to select, what we thought, the top 16 Steelers plays of all-time. Once we made the selections, we ranked them in order of importance.
The brackets have been set, and yesterday's competition between the Immaculate Reception and Heath Miller's incredible prime time touchdown was a landslide. To no one's surprise, Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception is moving on to Round 2 with 92-percent of the overall vote. As yesterday's matchup had old vs. new, today's challenge has to plays within the last decade. James Harrison's INT in Super Bowl 43 vs. Ryan Clark's devastating hit on Willis McGahee of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2008 AFC Championship game. Take a look and place your vote!
2. James Harrison's interception return for a TD in Super Bowl 43
On the biggest of stages, James Harrison took a gamble. Supposed to blitz on the play near the Steelers' goal line, Harrison backs into coverage and picks off the Kurt Warner pass intended for Anquan Boldin, and well, the rest is history. Take a second to relive this magic.
15. Ryan Clark's devastating caused fumble vs. the Ravens in the 2008 AFC tittle game
When the Ravens and Steeler meet it can be bloody - literally. When they meet in the playoffs it gets even worse. With the Ravens threatening a comeback int he 4th quarter of the 2008 AFC Championship game, Joe Flacco threw an underneath route to Willis McGahee who turned and met a freight train named Ryan Clark. This caused a fumble which turned the tide and eventually sent the Steelers to yet another Super Bowl.
These two plays were crucial plays in the playoff success of the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers, and although the results might be a landslide, the plays themselves deserve recognition.
Tomorrow's challenge will see Santonio Holme's game-winning touchdown reception go up against the longest run in Super Bowl history. Willie Parker's 75-yard jaunt in Super Bowl 40. Should be interesting.
We hope you are enjoying the Sweet 16 bracket - Steelers style.