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Watch: Brian Baldinger breaks down Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders in historic game

Updated: Jul 2, 2021


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The 2005 AFC divisional round game is one of the most remembered Steelers contests in franchise history, as they knocked off the No. 1 seed Colts in dramatic fashion and won 21-18 after Mike Vanderjagt's 46-yard field-goal attempt went wide right.


The Steelers should have had the win secured prior to Vanderjagt's shank, but Jerome Bettis fumbled on the goal-line, and Colts' cornerback Nick Harper recovered the loose ball and returned it 35 yards before Ben Roethlisberger made a touchdown-saving shoestring tackle.

While the game will forever be remembered for its dramatics, the game also showcased two of the best safeties to ever play the game in Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu and Bob Sanders. If it wasn't for injuries, Sanders would probably be a Hall of Famer, as well.


In 2005, Polamalu and Sanders were both in their primes and they displayed it in the AFC divisional round game. Polamalu finished the game with seven total tackles, two of them being solos, two passes defended, and should have had an interception but he was robbed by referee Pete Morelli. Sanders finished the game with 10 total tackles, seven of them being solos.


Brian Baldinger breaks down the two All-Pro safeties in the video below. The speed and natural instincts that both Polamalu and Sanders featured in the game are truly incredible.






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