View Full Version : Top 10 Steeler games of the past decade: let me hear 'em

12-12-2011, 11:56 AM
Let's talk about something fun, something non-Ben-Pouncey-Harrison-Niner related for a few minutes. What are your top 10 relatively recent Steeler games, why, and let me know what you think about my list. Let's say since the start of the 2002 season, playoffs and regular season included. Here goes:

10) 2005 v. Bears in the snow (21-9): Part of our four-game winning streak to force entry into the playoffs and a truly memorable performance from the Bus in a driving snowstorm in the second half. We all know the iconic image of him destroying Urlacher at the goal line.

9) 2008 v. Cowboys (20-13): I loved this one. Loved the fourth quarter comeback. One of my favorite Steeler plays of all-time was Deshea hopping in front of that Romo pass to bring in the winning touchdown while Heinz went nuts.

8) 2004 Div. Playoffs v. Jets (20-17 OT) : I remember dreading what was to come the next week because we did not look good in this game, but Doug Brien's two missed kicks and the OT victory while dreams for One for the Thumb in Ben's rookie year were still alive make this game very memorable to me, as does the fact that I live in New York and was dreading what I was going to hear from all the Jets fans I know if we lost.

7) 2008 AFC Championship v. Ravens (23-14): What could be better than going to the Super Bowl at the expense of the team we hate more than any other? Polamalu's pick was epic, and who can forget Clark's life-altering hit on Willis McGahee. Santonio's catch-and-run was another big-time highlight.

6) 2004 Halloween v. Patriots (34-20): Perhaps my favorite all-time regular season game. This was the game when Ben announced that he was without a doubt the real deal with an efficient performance that helped us shatter the Pats' 21-game winning streak. I'll never forget after we went up 14-3, on the next possession my man Deshea Townsend picks off Brady's first pass and puts the game basically out of reach.

5) 2010 Div. Playoffs v. Ravens (31-28): Truly an awesome game after falling behind 21-7. Most vivid detail I can recall is the cameras literally shaking when we were getting turnovers and coming back in the third quarter. Antonio Brown's signature moment for his career may end up being that helmet catch on 3rd and 19 to put us in position to send the Ratbirds home heartbroken yet again.

4) 2002 WC Playoffs v. Browns (36-33): I'll never forget this one. Maddox leading the comeback down from 24-7, Fu bulling into the end zone to take the lead with less than a minute left, all with snow falling at Heinz on a day when people said it first felt like it could stand up to Three Rivers in terms of atmosphere. I can still see El sliding into the end zone after his punt return to cut a 14-0 deficit in half.

3) 2005 Div. Playoffs @ Colts (21-18): Unbelievable ups and downs. I remember being in awe of how well we were playing as heavy underdogs, jumping out to a 21-3 lead. Shock when they overturned the Troy pick that would have won the game. Euphoria when Peazy and Potsie brought down Manning to seemingly clinch the game. Like everyone else, a heart attack when the Bus fumbled. And utter relief and joy when Vanderjaqt kicked that ball into the next area code.

2) 2008 Super Bowl XLIII v. Cardinals (27-23): A superior game to XL, just not quite the same euphoria because we had done it such a short time before. Still, an amazing feeling when the ref confirmed what we all knew: that Santonio had come down, both feet in bounds to secure the 6th. Harrison's INT return was one of the most unbelievable things I have ever seen on a football field to turn a 14-10 deficit into a 17-7 lead. Win was made ten times better by the fact that we came so close to blowing it. Suffice to say, I was losing my mind.

1) 2005 Super Bowl XL v. Seahawks (21-10): I know this win was tainted in the minds of some by the officiating, but I think that all of it was fairly valid and called within the rules. I'll never forget seeing Hines leaping into the end zone and knowing we just basically clinched the Super Bowl and finally got that One for the Thumb. This is my #1 because it was the first title we won in my lifetime and I don't think I've ever been happier.

Honorable mentions: 2005 AFC Title @Broncos; 2010 13-10 W @ Bal (Polamalu strip-sack, Redman breaking tackles for the winning score); 2005 WC @ Cincy; 2004, dealing the undefeated Eagles their first loss; 2008 @ Ravens (the Santonio catch at the goal line game); and to finish, a weird one: the game in 2002 when Maddox replaced Kordell and led us to victory against the Browns.

Agree, disagree, comments? It's never a bad time to reflect on all the good times we've had around here even in the midst of another season. :tt04:

12-12-2011, 12:49 PM
I can't think of anything to add to that other than maybe taking the 2005 AFC Title @Broncos off the "Honorable Mention" list. The reason being that Ben put on a clinic in that game which is mostly overshadowed by the Indy game with "The Fumble" and "The Tackle".

But other than that, I like the list!

One other thing:

In the Indy game where "Vanderjaqt kicked that ball into the next area code", I've always believed that he did that on purpose.

My reasoning starts with his hatred for Manning (which happened for a number of reasons besides the "idiot kicker" remark). I think he also believed that we deserved to win that game because we totally outplayed the Colts (and Manning) and that he believed that we got jobbed on Troy's pick and that all that happened after that was heading towards another "Manning Moment" and he didn't want that to happen.

Since he was looking at leaving Indy anyway, he basically thought that he had a perfect opportunity to say a final F*** You to Manning as well as Indy, so he shanked the kick.

I mean for a kicker of his talent looking at a 46-yarder, indoors and at home and yanking it ten yards to the right and into the 3rd row?


I'm sure you know that there are many people besides me who think that's exactly what happened.

So I'm curious, what do you and others think?

Fire Arians
12-12-2011, 12:55 PM
my favorite game of all time was when we spanked the chargers badly in 1995. out of all the games I've ever watched, none was more painful to me than losing to san diego in the AFCCG in 1994. As a steeler fan, this was the first time I've seen us get so close, only to lose it in the end. the 31-16 win proved that the chargers were just luckier than dog shit in the previous season. while it didn't totally erase the burn of the AFCCG loss, it did give a lot of satisfaction to get some immediate payback

12-12-2011, 01:36 PM
10. 1995 AFC Championship game: Steelers advance to SB XXX and breathe a sigh of relief after last second heave by Captain Comeback Jim Harbaugh of the Colts is almost complete. In my top 5 Steelers heart attack games of all time.

9. 2002 Wild Card Rd Win v. Browns 36-33: Browns blow 17 pt lead with Arians as their play caller and still enjoyable to watch a frustrated Butch Davis.

8. 2004 Steelers end undefeated Patriots 21 game win streak on Halloween

7. 2004 Steelers defeat undefeated Eagles - beginning of meltdown between McNabb and Owens

6. 2005 Wildcard win @ Cincy - The SB the Bengals "should have won" according to Bengals fans. Palmer injuried, The best play of that game was the direct snap to Hines Ward, throw to Ben who looks off defender to make a 43 yard TD throw to Cedric Wilson

5. 2005 AFC Championship game - as you stated, Ben put on a passing clinic when everyone thought we were a run first team - "shooting from the hips"

4. 2008 AFC Championship - as you stated, what better way to go to the SB then to send the Ravens packing thanks to Troy's pick 6

3. 2005 Dvisional v. Colts: Came out firing against a #1 seed that no one gave us a chance against. "The Tackle" The stupid kicker lol - also in my top 5 Steelers heart attack games

2. Super Bowl XLIII: Harrison's 100 yd pick 6, Ben and Tone's 4th quarter heroics. Nuff said.

1. Super Bowl XL: Ben's 1 yd TD dive, the immortal Randle El to Hines Ward TD, the biggest home field advantage outside of Pittsburgh. That game was electric and a long time coming for Cowher and Bettis. Way to send a guy off in style . . .

Honorable mention
A: 2008 @ Ravens to win division with Tone's goal line TD
B. 2010 @ Ravens - Troy's strip sack of Flacco and Redman's beastly run to put us ahead
C. 2010 AFC Championship game - 1st half dominance by beating Jets at their own game of ground and pound right down their throats followed by Clutch pass and catch by Ben and Brown
D. 2010 Divisional - fantastic comeback to send the Ravens packing yet again
E. 1999 - First game in history of Cleveland Browns Stadium. Browns first game back in three year hiatus and we lay a 43-0 whooping on them on Sunday Night football

12-12-2011, 02:17 PM
FanSince72 - I wasn't buying into that theory at all as I was reading it just based on the grounds that its hard for me to believe that a professional athlete would purposely let down his entire team and thousands more fans simply to spite Peyton Manning or because he thought the other team deserved it more (even though we most certainly did - we dominated them in that game.) I did say, "well, maybe..." when I read the part about how bad the kick was; looking back, how the HELL does the most accurate kicker in NFL history mishit that thing so badly?

SteelFury - couple thoughts - I was only 5 for the 95 AGCCG, but I know I would have been shitting myself. I did not know that Arians was the OC for the Browns in 03. The best play of the WC game against the Bungles (which I should have included at least in honorable mentions) was indeed the direct snap, but I believe it went to El, not Hines, back to Ben and down the field to my man #80 Ced Wilson. And I loved the win against Philly in '04 - remember Hines scoring on that reverse and flapping his wings? Watching TO and McNabb going at it was priceless.

I can't believe I failed to mention the Bus' send-off in XL! That is a huge, unforgivable oversight on my part. I too got chills seeing 50,000 towel-waving Steeler fans packing the stands at what was supposed to be a neutral sight. I get chills now just thinking about it.

12-12-2011, 02:25 PM
Steelers @ RAVENS week 1 2011


JOKING, people.

12-12-2011, 02:26 PM
Steelers @ RAVENS week 1 2011


JOKING, people.

Wayyyy too sooonn.:coffee:

Fire Arians
12-12-2011, 02:30 PM
Steelers @ RAVENS week 1 2011


JOKING, people.

I'm guessing your least favorite game is gonna be in January 2012 when we send you home again!

12-12-2011, 02:32 PM
10. 1995 AFC Championship game: Steelers advance to SB XXX and breathe a sigh of relief after last second heave by Captain Comeback Jim Harbaugh of the Colts is almost complete. In my top 5 Steelers heart attack games of all time.

How about Super Bowl XIII? That was pretty good, too!

GMU Steeler
12-12-2011, 02:41 PM
Number 9 was great. In the colder months, I wear my Steelers knit hat during my commute and at the time I was commuting via bus to community college. The bus driver like myself was a Steelers fan and there was a regular rider like myself except he was a Cowboys fan. He talked a little bit of crap but I smiled and said we'll see Sunday man. I don't like talking shit because the Steelers usually do the talking themselves pretty well for me. Anyhow, loved Deshea and glad he's coaching. That pick six off of Romo was great. And the next day I was on the bus and the guy saw me and to his credit swallowed his pride. Have to agree with XL being number one on here. XLIII was the better game but for many of us like myself who weren't alive in the 70's it was great. This was the first time in my life any of the teams I root for won a championship so it was awesome. I had also graduated from high school that year and the year of XLIII I transferred into GMU. This year I'm graduating from GMU so maybe three will be a charm huh. As for the Indy game in 2005. I don't know honest if Vandy missed that on purpose or not but that was a crazy game. Nearly had a heart attack when Jerome fumbled heh and I was only 18 then.The next week against Denver was great albeit anti-climatic in comparision.

12-12-2011, 02:48 PM
How about October 5, 1997. Last time we would play the Ravens at old Memorial Stadium. The Steelers, lead by Kordell Stewart, were losing 21-0 at the half. In the Second half he brought them from behind and we won 42-34 to spoil their "moving out" party! I was there... And it was an amazing game!

12-12-2011, 03:37 PM
I was 13 in 95 and let me tell you - it def had the feeling of "Here we go again"

didn't matter anyways - Neil O'Donnell decided to throw to the Cowboys DBs

you are right, it was 82 that took the direct snap - shoulda figured they were getting some practice in for the big one in XL lol

Going back and watching that 02 wildcard against Cleveland is quite the trip down memory lane - if you want to see Hines and Farrior in their primes it is quite the site

12-12-2011, 03:42 PM
I was only 12 for that game against the Browns, but I can honestly remember it like it was yesterday. I couldn't believe we were down 14-0 and then like I said I can still see El breaking a punt return and sliding baseball-style into the end zone while snow fell around him. 24-7 at the half, and then we just started rolling on offense, and the crowd was going nuts, and then we got to within four I believe at 33-28 and someone called a time-out. I went to the bathroom and after I was done I remember getting on my knees and praying for the win. Seconds later...FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!! unbelieveable man

I go to school with a kid whose a Brown fan from Ohio and I was chatting with him the other night when I saw him at the bar during the TNF game. One of us brought up this game and we both said the same thing at the same time: KELLY HOLCOMB!!!!!!! Torched us for something like 420 yards, ridiculous.

12-12-2011, 03:51 PM
Outside of maybe 4 plays Superbowl XL was a very ho-hum game, if it wasn't the Superbowl it wouldn't be noteworthy, I'm surprised anyone has it on any top-10 list given how many amazing games we've had, particularly in the playoffs (many of them having to do with sending the Ravens home), besides, its not like it was our first Superbowl, it was a our 5th, and I don't really care how long it had been since our 4th, it'll be memorable because it was a Superbowl, not because it was a great game. The 3 road games facing the the top 3 AFC seeds prior to XL will always be superior games in my opinion, particularly against the Colts as no one gave us a chance, as that was the first year the Colts secured home field and that was the year the Colts were supposed to finally go all the way because they didn't have to go through New England.

I'm also surprised no one has the '09 shootout vs. GreenBay where Ben put up over 500 yards and threw a game winning walk-off TD to Wallace as the time had expired, or Ben's 5 TD passes in 1 half vs. the Ravens with Harrison going beast mode sacking and stripping balls all over the place

12-12-2011, 07:59 PM
depends on your definition of ho-hum or memorable - yes, it was quite the sloppy game and is viewed by many outside Steeler Nation/12th man that it was one of the most boring SBs ever - but being that I wasn't around for the Steelers of the 70s this was the first time I had SB memories of my own - also has sentimental meaning for me as it was the last time I had with my grandmother before she was hospitalized and eventually passed away

I know, Debbie Downer. On a funny note - my grandma was a little 95 lb 5'1" nothing and was sick, but she was having such a great time seeing the Steelers succeed that she downed a couple dozen wings, 5 pieces of pizza, chips, chocolate chip cookies - for all intensive purposes - it was her last meal and one hilarious and meaningful memory for me and my family so there's the personal side of it for me

12-13-2011, 11:30 AM
Personally, this year's 32-20 win in Arizona would be on my list, because I was there, and the Steelers won. I've been to 10 different stadiums to see the Steelers, and usually they have wound up losing late. Seeing that 95-yard TD pass to Wallace in person was great, especially because I have Wallace and Ben on 1 of my fantasy teams. :tt02:

12-13-2011, 12:46 PM
The playoff game vs. the Colts a few years ago. That game stands w/the Superbowl in '09 as the most memorable for me.
When Bettis fumbled at the goal line.....then Ben being the last guy in the way of the downfield TD run from the Colts, made the shoestring tackle and saved the game....that was unbelievable. I've never had my heart jump into my throat like at that very moment. It was an incredible adrenaline rush.

Steel Peon
12-13-2011, 06:09 PM
The playoff game vs. the Colts a few years ago
Quite literally a heart-stopping affair (one fan at a local bar had a heart attack), and one of the greatest football games period, let alone Steeler ones.

12-13-2011, 06:16 PM

12-13-2011, 06:18 PM
Quite literally a heart-stopping affair (one fan at a local bar had a heart attack), and one of the greatest football games period, let alone Steeler ones.

I remember the story on the guy that had a heart attack in local bar. It was big news around here......

12-14-2011, 09:08 PM
I'm guessing your least favorite game is gonna be in January 2012 when we send you home again!

Nah bud, if anything We will be sending you home because we will have Home field advantage. :hatsoff:

Atlanta Dan
12-14-2011, 09:38 PM
Nah bud, if anything We will be sending you home because we will have Home field advantage. :hatsoff:

Yeah - playing in Baltimore always works out well for the Ravens against the Steelers and terrifies Roethlisbereger