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Of the team's eight conference title game victories, this one was the closest and the only one that came down to the opponent's final play. While the game has been forgotten in the ensuing years of battles with Baltimore and others, it remains one of the most memorable games in the franchise's playoff history.
The game was tied 3-3 after one quarter even though both teams had penetrated deep into opposing territory (Pittsburgh's field goal came after Kordell Stewart failed to reel in a Neil O'Donnell pass). At halftime, the Steelers held a slim 10-6 lead.
After three quarters, the game was 13-9. In the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh missed a field goal and Jim Harbaugh (yes that Jim Harbaugh) put the Colts ahead 16-13 with a 47-yard touchdown strike to Floyd Turner.
With just over three minutes left in the game, O'Donnell drove the Steelers 67 yards for the game-winning touchdown. Bam Morris scored from a yard out to put the Steelers up 20-16 with just over a minute-and-a-half remaining in the game.
With five seconds remaining, Harbaugh had driven the Colts to the Pittsburgh 29, but his final pass of the game hit the end zone turf after having landed on the chest of Colts receiver Aaron Bailey, who failed to bring it in before it rolled away.
With that, the Steelers had earned their first trip to the Super Bowl under Bill Cowher and their first since winning Super Bowl XIV after the 1979 season.