Top 10 games of the Steelers' decade

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1. STEELERS 27, ARIZONA CARDINALS 23, SUPER BOWL XLIII, FEB. 1, 2009 -- In one of the greatest finishes in Super Bowl history, the Steelers won an unprecedented sixth Vince Lombardi trophy when Ben Roethlisberger drove the team 88 yards in eight plays and capped the drive with an incredible 7-yard touchdown to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining.

2. STEELERS 21, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 10, SUPER BOWL XL, FEB. 5, 2006 -- It took 14 years and several AFC championship game disappointments, but coach Bill Cowher finally won his first Super Bowl title when the Steelers scored 14 second-half points in front of a mostly black-and-gold crowd at Ford Field in Detroit.

3. STEELERS 21, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 18, AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF, JAN. 15, 2006 -- The Steelers stunned the favored Colts by jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and hanging on for victory in the RCA Dome, thanks to Mike Vanderjagt's missed field goal from 46 yards with 21 seconds remaining. The kick was set up when Jerome Bettis fumbled at the goal line.

4. STEELERS 34, DENVER BRONCOS 17, AFC TITLE GAME, JAN. 22, 2006 -- The Steelers became the first team in NFL history to win three road playoff games and the first No. 6 seed to advance to a Super Bowl by jumping to a 24-3 halftime lead and posting a convincing victory at Denver's Invesco Field.

5. STEELERS 23, BALTIMORE RAVENS 14, AFC CHAMPIONSHIP, JAN. 18, 2009 -- The Steelers advanced to their second Super Bowl in four years with their third victory of the season against the Ravens, who fell behind 13-0 in the second quarter. The Steelers' No. 1 defense sacked Joe Flacco three times and intercepted him three times, the biggest being a 40-yard scoring return by Troy Polamalu to cement the victory.

6. STEELERS 31, CINCINNATI BENGALS 17, AFC WILD-CARD PLAYOFF, JAN. 8, 2006 -- In a contentious meeting with their division rival, the Steelers came back from an early 10-0 deficit to score 24 unanswered points and post the first road playoff victory in Bill Cowher's career. The game is remembered for a disputed low hit by DE Kimo von Oelhoffen on Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer that knocked him out of the game.

7. STEELERS 36, CLEVELAND BROWNS 33, JAN. 5, 2003 -- Tommy Maddox led the Steelers back from a 27-14 fourth-quarter deficit by passing for 367 yards and two touchdowns to beat the Browns at Heinz Field. Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala scored on a 3-yard run with 54 seconds remaining to cap the comeback.

8. STEELERS 29, BUFFALO BILLS 24, JAN. 2, 2005 -- In a game the Bills needed to make the playoffs, the Steelers became the first AFC team in history to win 15 games in a regular season, even though they rested most of their starters to get ready for the playoffs. Free-agent rookie Willie Parker rushed for 102 yards, including a 58-yarder to set up Jeff Reed's winning field goal.

9. STEELERS 24, WASHINGTON REDSKINS 3, DEC. 16, 2000 -- In the final sporting event at Three Rivers Stadium, home to four Super Bowl-winning teams and site of seven AFC championship games, the Steelers beat the Redskins in front of a host of former players who participated in an emotional ceremony. Because of the weather conditions, the crowd of 58,183 was nearly 1,500 below capacity.

10. STEELERS 37, GREEN BAY PACKERS 36, DEC. 20, 2009 -- The game ended up meaning nothing for the Steelers, even though they won their final three games, but they ended the Packers' five-game winning streak in one of the most entertaining games and exciting finishes in Heinz Field history. Rookie Mike Wallace caught the winning 19-yard touchdown with no time remaining from Ben Roethlisberger, who passed for a career-high 503 yards.

First Published February 7, 2010 5:00 AM


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