Steelers get props on NFL’s Top 100
It wasn’t a pass that landed Ben Roethlisberger on the list at No. 57, but instead a tackle. It was a fantastic finish, albeit one which had all of Steelers Nation holding their breath. In the closing minutes and in need of a big play, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked for a 10-yard loss on fourth down, giving the Steelers the ball at the Colts two-yard line. The game appeared to be over, but not even close. Jerome Bettis did what he never does, fumbled near the goal line when he was hit by Gary Brackett. Nick Harper recovered in stride and looked like he was headed to the opposite end zone, until Ben Roethlisberger, the unlikeliest of heroes, made what would become known as “The Tackle.” Roethlisberger got Harper with the shoestring tackle at the Colts 42-yard line. Manning took control and drove the Colts to the Steelers 28-yard line, where an almost automatic Mike Vanderjagt gave Steelers fans their breath back when his 46-yard field goal went wide right. The Steelers held on to win, 21-18, and head to the AFC Championship game against the Broncos and eventually win Super Bowl XL.