Thursday, January 3, 2013
Ben Roethlisberger's Moment in Time
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN.com's "Moment in Time" piece features Ben Roethlisberger's miracle tackle on Jan. 15, 2006, that helped the Steelers upset the top-seeded Colts.
Roethlisberger's heroics were set up by Jerome Bettis' first fumble of the year. With the Steelers up 21-18 late in the fourth quarter, Bettis coughed up the ball near the goal line. Colts cornerback Nick Harper scooped up the ball and raced downfield only to be stopped by Roethlisberger.
"I knew as the play was going, he's [Harper] a better athlete than I am; he's faster than I am," Roethlisberger said about the play last summer. "My thing was try to outsmart him if I can. I kept spinning and making him turn. Then it was, 'OK, it's now or never.' You have to take a chance, because he's close enough to you. I just went to grab for whatever I could grab, and his foot was the closest thing I could get to."
How big was that play? If Roethlisberger doesn’t make the tackle and the Colts successfully score a touchdown, they would have been up four with roughly 55 seconds remaining. The Steelers win probability would have dipped from 99.5 percent pre-fumble to 5.7 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
ESPN's Jeffri Chadiha does an extensive look at that play and you can read the entire piece by clicking right here.