Plays of the Year: Derrick Henry runs into a brick wall named Robert Spillane
Steel City Underground presents “Plays of the Year” featuring the top runs, catches, hits and everything else in-between from the Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 season.
In a game highlighted by COVID-19 protocols which moved the originally scheduled date from Week 4 back to Week 7, the 5-0 Pittsburgh Steelers would travel to take on the equally unbeaten 5-0 Tennessee Titans.
The Steelers offense shined in the first half, jumping out to a 24-7 lead, but it was the defense that would shine against the Titans comeback bid in the second half. A single play late in the game could not have summed up this team’s defensive mentality more than stopping the league’s strongest running back on the goal line.
On 3rd-and-1 and on Pittsburgh’s doorstep to score, the Titans tried to run into the teeth of the Steelers defense as Robert Spillane and T.J. Watt met Derrick Henry head-on to make a massive collision behind the line of scrimmage.
Both backers slam Henry down with a tremendous pop: Spillane smacked him so hard that he would exit on the sideline to check on his shoulder.
The Steelers were without a doubt one of the most physical defenses in the league. Even in the absence of Devin Bush, Robert Spillane was a fierce player and contributor
While the second half made many of us grab the nitroglycerin pills to prevent us from having heart attacks, the Steelers were gifted a break by the football gods that sealed the deal at the end of the game.
The Steelers would remain the only undefeated team in the AFC after a long and hard-fought 27-24 victory over the Titans.