Led by one of the best defenses in NFL history, the Pittsburgh Steelers put a beat down on the Ravens, in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. The defense intercepted three Joe Flacco passes and sacked him 4 times, twice by LaMarr Woodley. In addition to their harassment of Flacco, Ryan Clark delivered one of the hardest hits of his career when he layed out Willis MacGahee late in the fourth quarter. For a couple of minutes, Clark’s hit had the Ravens running back thinking he was still playing back at the “U”.
The defense wasn’t alone when it came to laying the wood to the Baltimore Ravens. During a 30 yard completion to Heath Miller, on a 2nd and 24 play, Limas Sweed went all Hines Ward on Baltimore cornerback Corey Ivy, allowing Miller to pick up the key first down. The Steelers jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, following an off balance throw from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes that went for a 65 yard touchdown, and never looked back. Just as it looked like the Ravens might have a little sliver of hope left, Troy Polamalu literally stole it from them with what might be the most famous pick six in franchise history, which you can relive right now.
The best part of this game just might be when the camera pans to Dan Rooney shortly after Troy Polamalu reaches the endzone to seal the deal.
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