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 miraculous Super Bowl 43 interception return for a touchdown send Lynn Swann's acrobatic sideline catch home, and Harrison has moved on to the finals to be considered the greatest play in Steelers history.
Today, the famed Immaculate Reception (No. 1 seed) will go against Ben Roethlisberger's shoe string tackle (No. 10 seed) against the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional Round of the 2005 AFC Playoffs. Only one play can move on to face Harrison's INT, and I have a feeling we will have one remarkable final if things play out as I think they will.
Nonetheless, be sure to 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:
10. Ben Roethliserger's shoe string tackle against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2005 AFC Divisional game
It was over. Tunch Ilkin was telling fans to pack their bags and book their travel plans to play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game. Joey Porter was yelling, "CHEAT THAT!" on the sidelines after the team was robbed of a Troy Polamalu interception. It was over. Here came Jerome Bettis on the field to seal the deal, and then the fumble occured. The moment when Steelers Nation's hearts stopped around the globe as the ball hit the turf and Nick Harper picked it up in stride and raced towards the end zone. Roethlisberger turns and runs with him and makes one incredible open field tackle.
I've always believed Roethlisberger's tackle is a very underrated play in Steelers' history. If he doesn't make that tackle, there is a good chance the Steelers never win 'the one for the thumb', but going against the Immaculate Reception very well could be a death sentence for Big Ben. I'll let you decide it's fate. Be sure to vote below and check back Friday for the finals!
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