Bettis's biggest games

Jerome Bettis has given us a number of big games during his Hall of Fame career. Here are five of the most memorable.

With future Hall of Fame running back playing in perhaps his final home game for the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday against Detroit, it seemed only fitting to take a look at five games that were the most memorable in Bettis' career.

5. Dec. 11, 2005, Chicago at Heinz Field. Bettis gains 101 yards on 17 carries and scores a pair of touchdowns against the NFL's top-rated defense. All but one of those yards came in the second half. It was classic Bettis in the mud in what will likely be his final 100-yard game.

4. Nov. 3, 1996, St. Louis at Three Rivers Stadium. Running for the first time against his former team, a fired-up Bettis rolls for 129 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns, including a 50-yard score that is his longest with the Steelers. And he sat out most of the fourth quarter.

3. Nov. 21, 2001, Steelers at Tampa Bay. Paper champions indeed. The Steelers were continually told how tough Tampa Bay's defense was, but Bettis shreds it for 143 yards on just 17 carries, including a 48-yard touchdown run.

2. Jan. 1, 1998, Denver at Steelers. Bettis gains 105 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown in the AFC Championship game against Denver. You can bet then-offensive coordinator Chan Gailey wishes he would have given the ball to Bettis about 10 more times in this one.

1. Dec. 6, 2004, Baltimore at Heinz Field. Bettis gains 117-grueling yards on 27 carries against the Ravens with a long gain of just 11 yards. But on that 11-yard carry, he drives Ravens' linebacker Ray Lewis five yards backwards at the end of the play. Classic.


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