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.
We have entered the Elite Eight of the Steelers March Madness bracket, and yesterday we saw Ben Roethlisberger's shoe string tackle in the 2005 playoffs outlast Jack Lambert throwing Cliff Harris in Super Bowl 10 and become the first play to advance to the Final Four.
Today's matchup has two phenomenal plays going head-to-head. No. 6 seeded Lynn Swann's majestic sideline catch in Super Bowl 10 vs. No. 9 seeded Rocky Bleier's leaping go-ahead touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl 13. Two huge plays on the biggest stage, but only one can advance to the Final Four. Be sure to place your vote below!
6. Lynn Swann's sideline catch in Super Bowl X
Just as Jack Lambert's throwing of Cliff Harris has become an iconic image in Steelers history, the same can be said about this catch. Swann's ability to not just get vertical along the sideline, but to avoid landing out of bounds by contorting his body leaves one speechless after watching. I guess all those ballet lessons paid off for the now Hall of Fame wide receiver. Swann's play happened on the biggest of stages, but didn't result in a touchdown - or even a field goal - in this particular Super Bowl.
To see the play again, check out this NFL.com video of one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.
9. Rocky Bleier's go-ahead leaping touchdown in Super Bowl 13
Rocky Bleier is often the forgotten man on those incredible 1970's offenses. Bleier complimented Franco Harris well, and although not known for his hands, Terry Bradshaw didn't hesitate to loft a pass in Bleier's direction on the game's biggest stage. Bleier's leaping grab is a tremendous play, but the fact it was Bleier and knowing the trials and tribulations he faced just to return to the game makes it even more incredible. Take a look:
Those iconic teams of the 1970's might not be remembered the same way if not for these two plays. The great story of Rocky Bleier and his comeback after serving our country overseas, and the grace and athleticism of Lynn Swann. Only one can move on to the next round, so study your film and be sure to vote below.
The matchups only get more difficult and will continue Monday when Troy Polamalu's insane interception against the San Diego Chargers goes up against James Harrison's Super Bowl 43 interception return for a touchdown.
We hope you continue to enjoy the Sweet 16 bracket - Steelers style.