Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Steelers, Browns among playoff standouts
By Jamison Hensley
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns made the mark on ESPN.com's list of the top 25 individual playoff performances of all time. This was voted upon by a trio of ESPN.com experts: senior writers John Clayton and Jeffri Chadiha and NFC West blogger Mike Sando.
Here's where the Steelers and Browns stand in the rankings:
16. Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann vs. Cowboys in Super Bowl X: In the Steelers' 21-17 victory, Swann caught four passes for 161 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter that provided the winning margin. His juggling 53-yard reception while falling over a defender is one of the most memorable Super Bowl plays.
17. Browns quarterback Otto Graham vs. Rams in 1950 NFL title game: He completed 22 of 33 passes for 298 yards and four touchdowns and led all players with 99 rushing yards on 12 carries in a 30-28 victory. Down 28-27, Graham led the game-winning drive in the fourth quarter that ended with a Lou Groza field goal.
23. Steelers defensive end L.C. Greenwood vs. the Cowboys in Super Bowl X: He has the unofficial Super Bowl record with four sacks (the stat wasn't recognized until 1982) in Pittsburgh's 21-17 win over Dallas. Greenwood sacked Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach and forced a fumble on the first play of the game.
Let me know what you think of these performances and whether you agree where they are ranked. Also, tell us if you think there is a performance that should have been included on the list.