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Four plays before scoring a game-changing touchdown in Super Bowl XLV, Rashard Mendanhall was forced to the sideline after running directly into a camera operater on the sideline.



After the Pittsburgh Steelers running back took to a knee and came out of the game for three plays, he rumbled into the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown on his first play back.

The touchdown put the Steelers within four points of the favored Green Bay Packers, who had held a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter of the game. No team has ever come from more than 10 points behind to win in the history of the Super Bowl.

Ben Roethlisberger(notes) hit Hines Ward(notes) for a short touchdown pass at the end of the second quarter to give the Steelers a hint of momentum headed into the 30-minute Super Bowl halftime. Pittsburgh's defense forced a three-and-out on Green Bay's first drive of the second half. On third-and-5 of that drive, receiver James Jones(notes) broke free on a crossing route and had a certain touchdown, but dropped the pass from Aaron Rodgers(notes), which led to a Green Bay punt. What could have been a backbreaking 28-10 lead was instead a massive shift in momentum.

On the next drive, Pittsburgh pounded the ball with Mendenhall, who was eventually knocked out of the game after a 17-yard gain that ended with him plowing into a cameraman. He exited the game and was replaced, but four plays later he made his return:

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Mendenhall fumbled on a hit by Packers star Clay Matthews(notes). Green Bay recovered on their own 45, leading 21-17.

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