The Top Five Plays of the Steelers Modern Era

Giles AugustineContributor IApril 22, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Wide receiver Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers attempts to make a catch against cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #29 of the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

5.  Antwaan Randle El Super Bowl Throw

"Fake-39 Toss X-Reverse Pass," Roethlisberger told them. "I got the end," meaning Roethlisberger lays out the defensive end to give Randle El the time to throw. Randle El takes the pitch and while running lites em up like a light bulb.  The rest is history.


4.  Polamalu Pick Six in AFC Championship

Unflappable Flacco takes too much Flack.

With Lamarr Woodley dragging Flacco to the ground, Joe Six Pick never saw him coming. Polamula jumps Derrick Mason curl route and perfectly intercepts the pass. The twisting Polynesian Devil returns the INT 40 yards into the end zone with arms in the victory sign.  


3. The Longest Play of Super Bowl History

Lawrence Timmons runs up the middle to end Kurt Warner's parade.  Harrison jumps the route and intercepts, making $50 million running from the North Pole to the South, dodging five tackles and flipping into the end zone.  

A 10-point turnaround in less than a minute, not bad for a guy who has been cut four times from the NFL.  


2. The Tackle

Peyton Manning (the guy who has one less Super Bowl ring than Big Ben) has just been sacked on two consecutive plays.  

The Bus is given the ball to drive it in one last time, Nick Harper puts his helmet down and the ball pops lose.  Somewhere in Pittsburgh a die hard Steelers fan is having a heart attack.  Nick scoops up the ball for the easy score.  No one is around him, he has a clear shot to the end zone.  

Then out of nowhere, it's a bird, it's a plane,'s ROETHLISBERGER.  

The final hope of Pittsburgh falls to the ground catching Nick by the string of his shoe.  A man wakes up from a Heart Attack to find out his team is heading to the AFC Championship in Denver


1. A Perfect 10

The Steelers were down by three points in the last minute of the Super bowl. Santonio Holmes had just missed a wide open pass in the end zone.  

Undeterred Holmes tells his QB, "I will make the play."  

Big Ben runs right, then left, his first three check downs are covered, he looks to his fourth, Holmes has three defenders in between him and Ben.  Ben lets it go, thinking it's a pick and the game is over.  Holmes extends and catches the bowl with only two toes touching the ground.

A man dies, and a Legend is born in his place.  


Honorable Mentions

Townsend pick six against the Cowboys

Holmes winning catch against the Ravens for the Division

Joey Porter's sacks against Peyton Manning in Division Playoff

Cedrick Wilson lateral to Ben Roethlisberger in Wildcard Playoff against Bungles

The Bus touchdown against Bears 2005