The rivalry between the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers is one of the greatest in all of sports history.
This Sunday the two will meet for the twenty-ninth time as the Raiders lead the overall series 15-13. No matter the circumstances surrounding either team going into this matchup, these games are always a fun one for fans to watch.
In the Ben Roethlisberger era, the Raiders lead the series 4-2, and all but one game have been decided by one possession. Despite the Raiders leading the series, their overall record since Big Ben took over in Pittsburgh is 79-157 while the Steelers are 157-78-1. Don’t let the records fool you, these teams always come to play. As such, let’s take a look at my top-5 Raider moments in this rivalry since 2006.Â
No. 5 Richard Seymour hits Big Ben in the Chops
In a rare blowout between these teams, the Raiders found themselves down 20-3 before halftime and former Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour was tired of Ben Roethlisberger.Â
No. 4 Terrelle Pryor goes 93-yards in the blink of an eye
After the opening kickoff, the Raiders were off to a terrible start with a penalty that placed them on their own seven-yard line. Terrelle Pryor was just fine with that as he faked out the entire Steelers defense with a perfectly executed ball fake then ran for the longest touchdown by a quarterback in NFL history.Â
No. 3 Carson Palmer leads fourth-quarter comeback
Fourth quarter comeback wins are always great, especially against a rival. Here is one of Carson Palmer’s more likable moments as the Raiders signal caller as he helped set up a game-winning Janikowski field goal.Â
No. 2 Louis Murphy four fourth-quarter catches, two touchdowns, one game winner
Looking to take down the defending Super Bowl champs, Bruce Gradkowski led a game-winning drive in the waning moments where he connected with Louis Murphy for the game-winning score.Â
No.1 Chris Carr goes the distance
Oakland’s defense is what won this game, as they picked off Roethlisberger four times. Two of said interceptions were house calls, one from Nnamdi Asomugha and the other was a game-sealing 100-yard scamper by Chris Carr.