The Pittsburgh Steelers are considered one of the greatest franchises in NFL history, and they are also the most successful, winning a league high six Super Bowls.
Super Bowl Championships: 6
1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008
Due to the success the Steelers have had, and the talent they have coming back next season, the Steelers Odds to win the Super Bowl next year is very high. Since they arenâ€™t playing in the Super Bowl this year, we were feeling a little nostalgic and decided to make a list of the greatest moments in franchise history.
5. Roethlisberger's Tackle
Jerome Bettis almost cost himself a final chance to win the Super Bowl after fumbling the ball late in their second round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in 2005. At the time, the Steelers had a 21-18 lead, and had the ball on the Colts two yard line.
After Bettis coughed up the ball, Coltsâ€™ safety Nick Harper recovered the ball and only had Roethlisberger standing between himself and a touchdown. Harper cut towards Roethlisberger, who is one of the slowest quarterbacks in the league, but somehow Big Ben was able to make the game saving tackle.
The Colts still drove down the field, but they missed what would have been the game-winning field goal, allowing the Steelers to advance to the next round.
4. Lynn Swann Comes Up Clutch In Super Bowl
Hall of Famer Lynn Swann won the Super Bowl MVP award despite only four catches in the game, because he made the most of every one of his receptions that day. Swann caught a 64 yard pass and a 53 yard pass and finished with 161 receiving yards and one touchdown.
3. The 1974 Draft
The Steelers were able to maintain their dynasty in the â€70s thanks to one of the greatest draft classes in NFL history.
Pittsburgh drafted Mike Webster, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Lynn Swann in the first five rounds of the NFL Draft. Lambert went on to win the Defensive Player of the Year award twice, and all four men ended up in the Hall of Fame.
With the team already having future Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene and Franco Harris on the team, it isnâ€™t surprising that they dominated the NFL during the 1970s.
2. The Immaculate Reception
Speaking of Hall of Famers, Franco Harris became a Steelers legend after making the greatest play in team history.
Late in their playoff game against the Oakland Raiders, the Steelers were trailing and facing a 4th and 10 on their 40-yard line, with 22 seconds left on the clock.
Terry Bradshaw threw a pass intended for John Fuqua, but Oaklandâ€™s Jack Tatum hit the ball as Fuqua was trying to reel it in, making it bounce backwards about 10 yards right in to the hands of Harris, who took the deflection in for a touchdown and kick started the Steelers dynasty.
1. Santonio Holmes Super Bowl Catch
The Steelers and Arizona Cardinals played one of the greatest Super Bowl games in NFL history and one that also broke a few records, with linebacker James Harrison returning an interception for a 100 yard touchdown at the end of the first half.
Despite, Harrisonâ€™s effort, the Cardinals werenâ€™t planning on giving up without a fight and kept on answering the Steelers every time they scored.
In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals took the lead thanks to the play of quarterback Kurt Warner, who was determined to win his second Super Bowl. Warner kept the Cardinals in the game with the help of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquon Bolden, who later won his first Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens a couple of years later.
With a little over two minutes left in the game, the Steelers started their final drive needing a touchdown to win, and Big Ben was up to the task. Roethlisberger completed six of his eight passes during the drive, but Santonio Holmes ended up being the hero that gave the Steelers their league leading sixth Super Bowl.
Holmes took a short pass from Roethlisberger 40 yards to the Arizona six yard line, and with the game on the line, He made made one of the most acrobatic tight rope catches ever as he reeled in a touchdown from Ben Roethlisberger in the closing seconds of the game.
There have been a lot of great plays and moments in Steelers history, but these are definitely the best of all of them. What do you think?
Super Bowl History
Super Bowl IX
S teelers 16, Minnesota Vikings 6
Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
January 12, 1975; Attendance: 80,997
Super Bowl X
Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
January 18, 1976; Attendance: 80,187
Super Bowl XIII
Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida
January 21, 1979; Attendance: 79,484
Super Bowl XIV
Super Bowl XL
Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan
February 5, 2006; Attendance: 68,206
Super Bowl XLIII
Steelers 27, Arizona Cardinals 23
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
February 1, 2009; Attendance: 70,774
There have been a lot of important days in @steelers history, but when one day combines 'The Chief' and 'The Emperor,' it really doesn't get much bigger.— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) January 27, 2018
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