The playoffs are where the NFL suddenly gets exciting. As we’ve seen throughout the years, anything can happen. For example, a team can be scintillating throughout the regular season but run out of gas when it comes to elimination time. However, the reverse scenario can also happen.
There have been dramatic cases of teams scraping their way into the wildcard round and then suddenly producing shock results. In short, it takes something special to handle the pressure of these knockout games. After all, there’s only a potential Superbowl at stake.
Today we’re going to look at the biggest meltdowns in the history of the close season. We’re talking about teams dropping massive leads and individuals melting under the strain of knowing one kick can win a game. This is the type of carnage we all love.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts had a sensational season in 2005, going 13-0 before finishing 14-2. There were worries that they might have burnt out. However, most people believed that they would still beat the unfancied Steelers. Pittsburgh was just a sixth seed but had upset the Bengals in the Wild Card round.
However, the Steelers started strong and led 14-3 at halftime. The Colts came back and brought the scores back to within three points. Mike Vanderjagt had one final chance to win the game for the Colts, but he hit the 46-yard field goal wide. It just wasn’t meant to be for them.