Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t make the playoffs in 2012, Charlie Batch did lead them to a dramatic upset of the eventual Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens in early December.
When Shaun Suisham’s field goal sailed through the uprights as time ran out in Baltimore, Batch and Ben Roethlisberger embraced for at least 30 seconds. They knew they were nearing the end of a nine-year working relationship.
It was a lasting image that provided a reason to feel good about an otherwise fruitless season.
If the Steelers miss the playoffs again this year – only six of 118 teams that started 1-4 have made the playoffs since 1990 – there could be another moment that turns into the emotional highlight of the season.
What a scene it would be if before a game at Heinz Field No. 51 hears his name announced and runs through that tunnel.
No, James Farrior is not attempting a comeback.
Sean Spence is.