We could really do without the constant reminders of Ben Roethlisberger’s game-saving tackle vs the Colts back in 2005.
The Indianapolis Colts will face a stiff test Sunday when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are riding a three-game losing streak after starting the season 11-0. They would surely love nothing more than to end that skid against one of their most storied rivals.
Truth be told, it hasn’t really been much of a rivalry as Pittsburgh holds a distinct 25-6 advantage in their head-to-head matchups. With that significant of an edge, you can understand why most of the highlights from this series tend to be plays that benefitted the Steelers.
However, we can really do without seeing Ben Roethlisberger’s game-saving tackle against the Colts during the AFC Divisional Round back in 2005. It’s mentioned EVERY single time these two teams square off and we’ve had enough.
We’ll tell you whose mind this play comes to whenever Indianapolis plays Pittsburgh: the entire Colts fan fan base! After all, it served as the exclamation point to one of the greatest upsets in recent playoff history. Not to mention that the Colts routed them 26-7 earlier in the season.
You know how the story goes, folks. Indy linebacker Gary Brackett forced a Jerome Bettis fumble at the goal line deep into the fourth quarter that was immediately scooped up by cornerback Nick Harper, who seemed to have a one-way ticket to the end zone, but instead of going to the outside, he cut in and Big Ben made the luckiest tackle of all time, tripping him up at the 42-yard line.
Had he scored, the Colts (down 21-18 at the time) would’ve taken the lead with a minute remaining. Instead, however, the offense took over and Peyton Manning drove the offense into field goal range only to watch Mike Vanderjagt — who was the most accurate kicker in NFL history at the time — not even come close on his 46-yard attempt.
When all was said and done, the No. 6 seed Steelers took down the No. 1 seed Colts in a game that will forever be remembered in infamy among fans in Indianapolis.
With this memory triggered yet again thanks to NFL Twitter, we want nothing more than a dominant victory from head coach Frank Reich’s side on Sunday. That’s really the only thing that will make us feel better after watching this atrocity of a sequence.