To celebrate the 4th of July on Thursday, the NFL Network had a segment dedicated to the top 10 plays all-time on fourth down, and it should come as no surprise that the Immaculate Reception was tops on the list. That topic resulted in me searching for other big plays made over the years by the Pittsburgh Steelers on fourth down.
During the Ben Roethlisberger era, there was really only one fourth-down conversion that stuck out to me, and that took place in the 2009 Week 15 win over the Green Bay Packers. In that game, Roethlisberger connected with wide receiver Santonio Holmes for 32 yards on fourth down and 7 from the Steelers own 22 yard-line with 1:14 left in regulation to keep the game-winning drive alive. You can see an animated gif of that play below and here is a video recap of that final drive in addition. Roethlisberger, in case you forgot, threw for 503 yards and three touchdowns in that game.
I was only able to research as far back as the 2000 season, and no other plays stood out to me, so here is where I need your help. Prior to the 2000 season, do you remember any big fourth-down plays made by the Steelers on offense that took place on a game-winning drive?