Top 10 plays of the decade


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1. SANTONIO HOLMES' 6-YARD TOUCHDOWN CATCH IN SUPER BOWL XLIII -- In one of the greatest finishes in Super Bowl history, Holmes made an incredible toes-down catch in the back corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining to give the Steelers a 27-23 victory.

2. JAMES HARRISON'S 100-YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN IN SUPER BOWL XLIII -- With time running out in the first half, Harrison stepped in front of a quick pass from Kurt Warner and, in one of the most astonishing individual efforts in Super Bowl history, broke a number of tackles along the sideline and collapsed into the end zone as time expired.

3. BIG BEN'S TACKLE IN INDIANAPOLIS PLAYOFF GAME -- Trying to plunge into the end zone to ice a playoff victory against the Colts, Bettis fumbles at the goal line, and Colts cornerback Nick Harper returns it to the 42 where he is stopped by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's playoff-saving tackle.

4. WILLIE PARKER'S 75-YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN IN SUPER BOWL XL -- On the first series of the second half, Parker broke off the right side on a play called Counter 34 Pike for the longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history, giving the Steelers a 14-3 lead on the Seattle Seahawks.

5. ANTWAAN RANDLE EL'S 43-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO HINES WARD IN SUPER BOWL XL. -- After taking a reverse handoff from Roethlisberger, Randle El became the first wide receiver to throw a Super Bowl touchdown when he lofted a perfect pass to Ward to cement the victory against the Seahawks and earn Ward the Super Bowl MVP.

6. TROY POLAMALU'S 40-YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN IN '08 AFC CHAMPIONSHIP -- With the Steelers protecting a 16-14 lead against the Baltimore Ravens, Polamalu ended the suspense and sent the Steelers back to the Super Bowl by returning Joe Flacco's third interception for a touchdown with 4:24 remaining.

7. SANTONIO HOLMES' DISPUTED 4-YARD TOUCHDOWN CATCH IN BALTIMORE WITH 43 SECONDS REMAINING -- On Dec. 14, 2008, the Steelers clinched the AFC North title and won their fifth consecutive game when Ben Roethlisberger culminated a 12-play, 92-yard drive with a pass to Holmes that had to be reviewed by replay to make sure he crossed the plane of the goal line.

8. DESHEA TOWNSEND'S 25-YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN AGAINST DALLAS -- His touchdown with 1:40 remaining rocked Heinz Field, allowing the Steelers, who scored 17 points in the final 7:15, to post an improbable 20-13 victory Dec. 7, 2008.

9. KORDELL STEWART'S 90-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO BOBBY SHAW IN BALTIMORE -- In one of his best performances in a meaningful game, Stewart passed for 333 yards and two touchdowns, none bigger than the 90-yarder to Shaw that tied a team record for longest scoring play and clinched the division title for the Steelers on Dec. 16, 2001.

10. BEN ROETHLISBERGER'S 43-YARD TOUCHDOWN PASS TO CEDRICK WILSON IN 2005 WILD-CARD PLAYOFF IN CINCINNATI -- In a perfectly executed flea-flicker, Antwaan Randle El took a direct snap, ran to the right and threw back across the field to Ben Roethlisberger, who found a wide-open Wilson in the end zone to cement the first of three playoff road wins en route to the Super Bowl.


First Published February 7, 2010 6:30 AM


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