2003 Steelers 40 vs Chargers 24
I attended this game at Heinz field and it's not what happens during the game but before the game that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt how different and special the Pittsburgh Steelers are. It was a 4 pm game but we were there way early and already in our usual parking spot at the corner of Allegheny and Western by 10:30 am or so. I was with a friend who had never been to a Steelers game before and in spite of temps in the mid-30's, we wanted to beat the crowd, wander around the stadium area a little and maybe hit some sports bars before the game. As we're getting ready to head toward the stadium, we look across the street near McDOnald's and there is none other than Mr. Dan Rooney -- all bundled up and by himself -- walking down Allegheny Ave. toward the stadium! So Billy and I looked at each other and then shouted, "Hey, Mr. Rooney! We love you, man," or something dorky along those lines and Mr. Rooney glanced up, gave a little half salute and continued his steady, rather stiff walk. It was truly amazing. I mean, can you imagine the likes of Jerry Jones walking to the stadium? In cold weather, no less! God bless the Rooney's for the wonderful example they set. Oh, yeah... the game was a nice win in the midst of a tough season. Strong performances by Bettis (32 carries, 115 yds, 1 TD), Maddox (11 of 18, 160 yds, 3 TDs) and Deshea Townsend (2 INTs, 1 TD).
2007 Steelers 38 vs Ravens 7 MNF
Ben Roethlisberger puts on a clinic of escapability, accuracy and poise, hitting 13 of 16 for 209 yds and a record 5 first half TDs as the Steelers utterly annihilate the Ravens on a rainy Monday Night in Pittsburgh. Santonio Holmes snags 4 receptions for 110 yds and 2 TDs and Nate Washington also hauls in a pair of TD catches. Meanwhile, LB James Harrison goes absolutely berserk, victimizing Baltimore for 3 1/2 sacks, forcing three fumbles (one of which he also recovers) and intercepting a pass as the Steeler defense, wearing their '60s-era throwback unis, holds Baltimore to their lowest offensive output in franchise history (104 yds) and forces 4 turnovers. Steve McNair goes 13 of 22 for only 63 yds and is sacked 5 times before Kyle Boller comes in and goes 3 of 9 for 21 yds and a sack. An stunningly beautiful win over a HATED opponent. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for generously providing us with this game.
2009 Steelers 37 vs Packers 36
In a dogfight virtually devoid of running plays or pass defense on either side, Big Ben hits Mike Wallace on the first play of the game for a 60-yd TD and then hits Wallace again on the final play of the game for a 19-yd game-winning TD en route to a 503-yd passing performance. Meanwhile, Aaron Rogers throws for a "paltry" 383 yds (lol) as the two offenses combine for nearly 1,000 yds. Roethlisberger's final TD is necessitated by a questionable, controversial decision by Mike Tomlin who, after the Steelers take a 30-28 on a Jeff Reed FG w/3:58 remaining, calls a surprising onside kick. Green Bay recovers and turns the short field into an easy TD (adding a 2-point conversion) to take a 36-30 lead with 2:06 remaining. As it turns out, the Steelers need every one of those 126 seconds for their 86-yd game-winning drive, snatching victory away from Green Bay on Ben's desperation TD pass to Wallace as time expires. On the pass, Wallace is lined up by himself on the left side and beats the Packer DB back toward the pylon. Roethlisberger threadeds the needle with an absolutely perfect pass to the outside where only Wallace can get it. Wallace extends out of bounds to secure the sideline catch, dragging his toes in the end zone to seal Pittsburgh's nail-biting, record-setting victory. A special thanks to Keith "Crash" Froehlich for generously providing us with this game.