The Steelers are part of an elite company of NFL teams to win six Super Bowls. That fact is probably vomit-inducing to those who have despised the very existence of every Super Bowl moment the franchise has been a part of, but it’s a fact regardless.
With six wins in eight appearances, the lexicon of such moments is overwhelmingly in favor of Pittsburgh fans. There are moments of solace for those who would love to see the Steelers lose every time out, though. The following are the best of those.
Best Super Bowl moments for Steelers haters came close together
Most of the moments for Pittsburgh’s decriers to savor come in the Steelers’ two Super Bowl losses. Those are Super Bowl XXX in 1996 and Super Bowl XLV in 2011. There is a common theme throughout most of them besides coming to losses.
Turnovers can kill any team’s chances to win any game. However, Steeler’s quarterbacks seem to have an uncanny knack for throwing interceptions at the worst possible time.
Nick Collins helps Green Bay Packers tie Super Bowl record
In the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, the Steelers had the ball deep in their own territory, facing a touchdown deficit. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger dropped back but was hit as he launched a pass.
As a result, the ball sailed, and Green Bay defensive back Nick Collins intercepted the pass. Thanks to some key blocks from his teammates, he could return the pick to the Steelers’ end zone.
The Packers ended the first quarter with a 14-0 lead, which tied a Super Bowl record at the time. Roethlisberger wasn’t done ill-timed will turnovers, though.
Roethlisberger squelches Pittsburgh’s momentum in Super Bowl XLV
After cutting the Green Bay lead to 14-3 and forcing a Packers punt in the second quarter, the Steelers were on the move. On a 2nd and 11 from just inside Green Bay territory, a Roethlisberger pass found the arms of Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush. The Packers would build their lead to 21-3 on the ensuing drive.
Frank Zombo puts the kibosh on the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLV comeback bid
Facing a 21-17 deficit in the third quarter, Pittsburgh had a 3rd and 13 at the Packers’ 32-yard-line. That’s when Green Bay linebacker Frank Zombo sacked Roethlisberger for a two-yard loss. The resulting 52-yard field goal attempt on fourth down sailed wide.
Neil O’Donnell gives Larry Brown two historic assists in Super Bowl XXX
Before Super Bowl XXX, no cornerback had ever won the Super Bowl MVP award. That was about to change when the Dallas Cowboys and the Steelers met up in Tempe for the championship.
In the third quarter, Dallas held a 13-7 lead, but Pittsburgh had driven the ball to their own 48-yard line seeking a potential lead change. That’s when Steelers quarterback Neil O’Donnell found a wide-open receiver for a pass attempt. Unfortunately for O’Donnell, that receiver was Cowboy’s corner, Larry Brown.
Nearly the same situation played out again in the fourth quarter. With 4:15 remaining in regulation and Dallas up 20-17, Pittsburgh had the ball at its 32-yard line. Again, O’Donnell seemingly threw the ball right to Brown, sealing the Cowboys win.
Due to his contributions, Brown became the first cornerback to win the Super Bowl MVP award. He is still the only player to do so in that position. The next time the Steelers reach a Super Bowl, Pittsburgh haters would probably like to see a repeat performance.