Was This The Steelers Funniest Play Of The 2013 Season?

The Pittsburgh Steelers will report to Latrobe for training camp on Friday and at that point we won’t have to dwell as much on all that went wrong during the 2012 season.

While the Steelers 8-8 record in 2013 was no laughing matter, there were several plays during the season that had to make you chuckle. I have watched every game from last season at least 20 times by now and there’s one play that always has me near tears every time I see it.

The play in question happened in the Week 2 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and it took place during the Steelers first offensive possession of the second half on third down and 20.

The play unfortunately ends in a sack of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger following him being able to avoid the rush for nearly ten whole seconds. What happened during those 10 seconds, however, is pretty entertaining as center Fernando Velasco nearly puts an end to the season of left tackle Mike Adams when he accidentally cuts him from behind.

What makes the play even funnier, in my opinion, is the fact that while Roethlisberger is still trying to avoid the rush, Velasco has the presence of mind to help Adams up off of the ground after cutting him.

Remember, this was Velasco’s first game in a Steelers uniform as he was signed to replace center Maurkice Pouncey, who was lost for the season during the opener after he was cut from behind by guard David DeCastro.

Had the team lost Adams for the season due to friendly fire it wouldn’t have been a laughing matter, but being as he managed to escape unscathed, I can’t think of many plays that top this when it comes to hilarity.

Do you have a more entertaining play in mind? Let me know in the comments and I will pull a gif of it and add to the post above.

  • Dom

    Is there any other QB who could have stayed up for so long under that pressure?

  • cencalsteeler

    A running qb wouldn’t have made that last cut back like Ben did. He could’ve easily ran for a nice gain up the sidelines possibly picking up the first. That is Kap or Wilson’s bread and butter.

  • DoctorNoah

    Also in the running, maybe the Mike Adams pancake play? Or even, depressing as it was that he stepped out of bounds, the AB almost-TD lateral at the end of the Miami game?

  • Rob H

    I should be able to laugh at that by now myself, but instead it just reminds me how awful we were the first half of the season.

  • Alex Kozora

    Any GIF of Mike Adams running a route is a clear favorite in my mind.

  • AzheDraven

    I’d say the other Bungals game was even funnier. That 21-0 lead was the best thing ever.

  • LTSnaples

    Isn’t this the play where Ben got tackled by the helmet? I think one of the Bengal defenders ripped Ben’s helmet off and I was hoping they would throw a flag for the first down. They really needed help anywhere they could get it at that point.

  • dgh57

    Is this the sack I’m thinking about after a bogus tripping penalty called on Gilbert? I just remember that a sack occurred after that penalty and was wondering if this play was it. I just remember going backwards on that drive and losing any momentum we had going at the time as it went south in a hurry!

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I liked Ben’s punt this year

  • Jason White

    Unless it was in the Superbowl then Manning would have heaved it into a crowd of defenders with a dumbfounded look on his face, the same look I bet he has when he is pinching off a loaf.

  • I’m all for Ben holding on to the ball and trying to make something happen, but that’s one where he definitely should have thrown the ball away at the very end.

  • walter mason

    it looked like he had someone open on the left side.

  • toonasteel

    The Benny Hill Soundtrack needs to be playing in the background on this one…..

  • mem359

    It would be worse if it wasn’t 3rd down, and they were going to punt unless he found a 20 yard pass.

    I’m curious if anyone has checked how often Ben gets the too-long possession sacks on 3rd down (and out of FG range), versus other downs.

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  • SteelerFanInMD

    Ben had David Paulson open on the left side. I wonder why he didn’t see it.