Last season, the Black and Gold were on the verge of a truly embarrassing loss to a Colts team that became the face of NFL futility in 2011.
Minus Peyton Manning, Indianapolis was forced to start recently acquired veteran Kerry Collins with hopes of sparking any sort of stable play at the position. Despite having a very productive career in matches against Pittsburgh, Collins was utterly anemic in that Week 3 Sunday Night Football affair.
Replacing Collins was Curtis Painter and Steelers fans began to lick their collective chops.
However, if not for a certain safety being in the right place at the right time, the Men of Steel would have likely suffered a painful defeat.
James Harrison's strip sack of Painter found the waiting arms of Polamalu, who scooted into the end zone for the gift touchdown.
Despite the easy score, Pittsburgh had to scratch and claw for a 23-20 win over Indy.
Years earlier, the soon-to-be champion Steelers of 2005 watched as Troy celebrated similar good fortune at a more hallowed ground...and against a more revered passer.
At Lambeau Field, Brett Favre dropped back to pass. Instead of immediately releasing to a hot read and possibly settling for a field goal, Favre decided to wait to see if receiver Walt Williams could get open for a throw into the end zone.
Unfortunately for No. 4, a certain safety blitz found its mark...almost! Brett spun away from the would-be Troy sack, evading danger for a split second.
After spinning from No. 43, Favre came face-to-face with Bryant McFadden, who slammed the passer and stripped the ball from his hand.
Without hesitation, Polamalu picked up the pigskin and began running in the opposite direction, hair blowing in the breeze.
It was green grass all the way for 77 yards. The score would be a critical factor in the Steelers' 20-10 win.
These were not plays that showcased the safety's greatest execution or athletic prowess, but they were moments defined by the saying "right place, right time."
The two huge touchdowns are forever engrained on the minds of Steelers fans.