February 01, 2009
James Harrison's going to be sucking oxygen until the beginning of the third quarter, but he just pulled off one of the most bananas plays in Super Bowl history. Kurt Warner attempted a short slant at the goal line, but Harrison dropped out of the blitz, got into the passing lane and then went 100 yards in a nasty and violent fashion.
I'm gonna stop short of calling it one of the great plays in Super Bowl history. Being a first-half play, I don't think you can put it in the same class as "The Catch," the Mike Jones tackle on the 1-yard line or "Wide Right". Before it's all said and done, though, it could prove to be the game-changer.
Whether that proves to be the case or not, though, few plays can beat it in terms of excitement, visual appeal or even length. Harrison is by no means slow, but no one's going to be comparing him with Darren Sproles anytime soon. He scored that touchdown because he wouldn't accept anything other than scoring that touchdown. It was sheer will, physicality and brute force.
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