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.
Yesterday we saw James Harrison's Super Bowl 43 interception returned for a touchdown annihilate Troy Polamalu's insane interception against the San Diego Chargers in 2008. So, Harrison's INT moves on to the Final Four with Ben Roethlisberger's shoe string tackle and Lynn Swann's Super Bowl 10 sideline catch.
Only one matchup remaining before the Final Four is set, and it is between the famed Immaculate Reception as the No. 1 seed in the tournament, vs. Santonio Holmes' miraculous touchdown catch in Super Bowl 43 as the No. 3 seed. This should be a tough one to pick, but be sure to place your vote below!
1. The Immaculate Reception
We all know the story line. One last play. AFC Playoffs vs. the Oakland Raiders. Bradshaw scrambles, heaves up a throw which deflects off someone (trying to remain neutral) and into the arms of rookie running back Franco Harris who scampers down the sideline and into the end zone for one of the most remarkable and unthinkable plays in NFL history. Take a look for yourself:
3. Santonio Holmes' magical catch in Super Bowl 43
When it mattered most, Santonio Holmes made one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history. Holmes was a mad man on the 92-yard drive to give the Steelers the lead, and capped it off in dramatic style with his amazing toe-tapping reception in the back corner of the end zone. Forget about the play before where a much easier catch sailed through his hands...all you need to remember is this:
Possibly the toughest decision of the entire bracket to date, two iconic plays occurring which forever changed the Steelers' history books. The Immaculate Reception which ignited the dynasty of the 1970's with their first playoff victory against rival Oakland, and Holmes' improbable catch with an even more improbable throw from Ben Roethlisberger to notch the Steelers' their 6th Lombardi trophy.
Ready to vote? Be sure to place your vote and decide which play goes on to the Final Four!
We hope you continue to enjoy the Sweet 16 bracket - Steelers style.