Top 10 plays of the decade
The Steelers top 10 plays of the decade were enough to leave you spent, just like James Harrison, who lies exhausted in the end zone after a 100-yard interception return in the first half of Super Bowl XLIII -- the no. 2 play on our list.
The Steelers' Santonio Holmes' toe-tapping, game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, the play of the decade.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison returns an interception for a 100-yard touchdown during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIII, Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger makes the saving tackle on the Colts' Nick Harper after a Jerome Bettis fumble late in the fourth quarter of an AFC Divisional playoff game. The Steelers defeated the Colts 21-18.
Steelers Willie Parker runs for a third quarter touchdown against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. The run was the longest rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El throws a 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XL, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2006, in Detroit.
Steelers' Troy Polamalu crosses the endzone after intercepting a ball against the Ravens late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship at Heinz Field Sunday.
With 43 seconds left to play, the Steelers' Santonio Holmes makes the controversial touchdown catch that won a 2008 game against the Ravens in Baltimore, 13-9, and clinched the AFC North Division championship for Pittsburgh, as well as a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Steelers Deshea Townsend dives in to the end zone and scores after he intercepts a pass from the Cowboys Tony Romo in the 4th quarter of a frigid 2008 game.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Bobby Shaw looks back toward Baltimore Ravens safety (and former Steeler legend) Rod Woodson (26) and cornerback Duane Starks after catching a 90-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kordell Stewart in the fourth quarter in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001. The Steelers won 26-21.
Cedric Wilson celebrates after scoring in the third quarter on a trick play in a 2005 Wild Card win over the Bengals.
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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 1:31 am