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A HUGE gold star thank you goes out to Frankie Sacco for generously digitizing most of the 2009 season for the rest of us to enjoy (we lost our original recordings in a hard drive crash). Kudos, Frankie!
2009 Steelers 38 vs Chargers 28 SNF
Big Ben gets off to a fast start (26 of 33, 333 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT), Rashard Mendenhall surpasses his previous career total with 165 yds rushing and 2 TDs on 29 carries, Heath Miller catches 2 TD passes and Hines Ward hauls in 8 passes for 113 yds as the Steelers score TDs on 4 of their first 5 drives, opening up a 28-0 lead and then holding off a late Charger rally. San Diego is outgained nearly 4-to-1 until the 4th quarter, when Rivers hits TD passes to Antonio Gates and Chris Chambers and Jacob Hester scores on a 41-yard fumble return to suddenly make the blowout close.
2009 Steelers 28 at Lions 20
Ben Roethlisberger victimizes the Detroit secondary for 3 TDs (Miller, Ward, Wallace) and James Harrison terrorizes Dante Culpepper, recording 3 of Pittsburgh's 7 sacks and forcing a fumble as the Steelers invade Ford Field to earn their first road win of the season. Despite being outplayed, the Lions drive to the Steelers 21 with 2 minutes left and threaten to tie the game. But the Steeler defense stiffens and Culpepper is nailed for 3 consecutive sacks, losing 24 yds before his desperation 4th-and-34 pass falls incomplete to the delight of overwhelming numbers of black-and-gold-clad road fans (my youngest son and I among them).
2009 Steelers 27 vs Vikings 17
Big Ben vs Brett Farve in a game I attended on a beautiful afternoon in Pittsburgh. LaMarr Woodley's 77-yd fumble return and Keyaron Fox's 82-yd interception return on turnovers by Brett Favre allow the Steelers to turn back repeated 4th quarter comeback attempts by the previously undefeated Vikings. Minnesota leads 7-3 with less than 2 minutes remaining in the first half courtesy of an Adrian Peterson TD when Big Ben conducts a brilliant 91-yd drive in 1:08, hitting 5 passes for 85 yds including a 40-yd TD strike to Mike Wallace. The teams trade FGs in the 3rd quarter for a 13-10 Pittsburgh lead heading into a WILD 4th quarter. With under 7 minutes remaining, the Vikings drive deep into Steeler territory and face a 3rd and goal from the 8 when Brett Kiesel loops behind Farve, reaches out and strips the ball. LaMarr Woodley scoops up the loose ball, breaks would-be tackles by Steve Hutchinson and Favre, picks up a convoy of blockers and races 77-yds for what appears to be a decisive TD and a 20-10 Steelers lead. Unfortunately, Percy Harvin weaves his way 88-yds on the ensuing kickoff (aided by one of the weakest attempted tackles in NFL history by Jeff Reed) for a TD and the Vikings are right back in it. With under 2 minutes left, the Vikings again mount a drive deep into Pittsburgh territory (featuring Adrian Peterson's infamous "truck" of William Gay), this time getting as close as the Steeler 19. But with 1:15 left, reserve LB Keyaron Fox gathers in a Farve pass that bounces off Chester Taylor's hands and streaks 82 yds down the right sideline for the nail in Minnesota's coffin.
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.