And this, folks, is the play that sent the Pittsburgh Steelers to the AFC Championship game. Granted, Rashard Mendenhall’s touchdown provided the actual go ahead score, but that’s not happening without Brown’s stick-em-on-the-helmet-like catch. As for the purists out there, where does Brown’s catch rank in relation to David Tyree’s miraculous catch against the New England Patriots (I still enjoy watching Rodney Harrison fail there)? In order for the playing field to be completely level, you’d have to take out the fact Tyree’s obviously occurred on an even bigger stage, and at an even more crucial moment.
While advancing to the Conference Finals is nice, winning the Super Bowl clearly trumps all.
How much does this win add to the legend of Ben Roethlisberger, one of the more polarizing players in the NFL, for obviousreasons? Love him or hate, he simply makes plays, and in the NFL — well, considering the Cam Newton situation, we should change “NFL” to “football in general” — that’s clearly all that matters.
His team may have lost, and his Steelers opposite might have made the incredible game-winning catch, but there’s no denying the magnificence of Larry Fitzgerald. After being held in check for the first three quarters, Fitzgerald EXPLODED in the fourth quarter with two huge touchdowns, including the one in the above video–a 64-yarder that electrified the entire Super Bowl-watching public. Even as Pittsburgh held the man-beast in check for three quarters, you knew it couldn’t last the entire game and when the fourth quarter started, Fitzgerald reminded everyone watching why he’s considered the best receiver in the NFL.
Witness the strength and ability he displayed on his first touchdown catch. The ability to jump, grab and secure the ball like Fitzgerald is a rare attribute, and he deserves to be acknowledged, win or lose.
Last night, Santonio Holmes’ game-winning catch was so impressive, important, and well, huge, it outdoes his manhood pictures that leaked a while back. That’s right, Holmes’ catch was bigger than anything going on in whatever modeling pictures he might have laying around. Santonio’s efforts secured the Super Bowl MVP award, much like those modeling-in-the-shower images (NSFWish) inevitably secured more female fans for him.
After Jericho Cotchery made that amazing catch against the Patriots last night, I’ve seen this subject around the Twitter and other blogs asking which catch was better: David Tyree’s in the Super Bowl or Cotchery’s? Obviously, Tyree’s had a lot more on the line than a regular season conference match up, but that doesn’t degrade Cotchery’s catch either.
So which one was better? First, Tyree’s:
It’s obvious both catches were spectacular, with luck playing a part as well. But how do you determine which is better? Do you stick to the game situation when making such a choice? If that’s the case, Tyree wins hands down, strictly because his catch was paramount for the Giants to have a chance to beat the Patriots.
But what if you are limited to judging each catch based solely on the difficulty, ignoring game situations and the like? Would Tyree still be the choice?
Just in time for the fast-approaching Opening Day: This little gem was pointed out by Barstool Sports, and they ask whether or not this is the Best Catch Ever?
I’m not sure if “best ever” qualifies, but damn, that was an incredible baseball catch. If I had been there, I would’ve celebrated just like his teammate did. Although, I probably would’ve been more boisterous about it.