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2000s: Jim Trotter's Top 10 NFL Games


Steelers 21, Colts 18


AFC divisional playoff; Jan. 15, 2006

Steelers 21, Colts 18
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The twists-and-turns finish alone made this game a classic. With the Steelers holding a three-point lead and knocking on the Colts' goal line with 1:20 left, Gary Brackett forced Jerome Bettis to fumble. Colts cornerback Nick Harper recovered and raced into the open field, only to have Ben Roethlisberger make a touchdown-saving shoestring tackle at the Indy 42. The Colts drove into scoring possession, but Mike Vanderjagt, who hadn't missed a field goal at home all season, was wide right on a 46-yarder that could have tied the score with 21 seconds to play. The sixth-seeded Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl; a Colts season that started 13-0 ended in disappointment.
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