Troy Polamalu comes up with big play after big play. Sundays AFC Championship game against the hated division rivals, Baltimore Ravens was no different.
Polamalu finished the day with 5 tackles, 4 solos, and of course the game clinching 40-yard interception for a touchdown with only 4 minutes to play.
However, it seemed that Troy made more plays than what the above statistics show. Polamalu had one of his best games of the season and showed no signs of his calf strain injury that kept him sidelined for most of this past week’s practices. He was simply all over the field.
Three plays really displayed why he’s one of the best safeties in the league:
1) His display of closing speed when Ravens, rookie QB, Joe Flacco rolled out to his left. Polamalu closed in an instant to register a sack and a Ravens 10 yard loss on the play. Polamalu displayed why his closing speed, athleticism, and tackling ability is much talked about by NFL analysts.
2) Polamalu’s play on 4th and short. With his 40+ inch vertical leap, Polamalu leaped over the offensive line of the Baltimore Ravens to grab Flacco and prevent him from picking up a short yardage first down. A critical play for the Steelers and Polamalu showed unbelievable athleticism.
3) His interception return for a touchdown that “sealed the deal” for the Steelers. Flacco completely didn’t see Troy Polamalu breaking on the ball from the opposite direction. Troy read the rookie QB’s eyes and made a great jump on the ball and an even nicer catch. Then, of course the rest is history. Polamalu made a few guys miss and returned the interception for a 40-yard touchdown which sealed the victory for the Steelers with just under 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter.
If Polamalu can have a similar game in the Super Bowl, he can possily “seal the deal” on his future Hall of Fame bid for the National Football League.