Figured we all might be getting a little sick of reading about the Cubs moves to trade proven major league talent for minor league talent this off-season. So here’s a little something about Super Bowl XLIII.
The Steelers beat the Cardinals 23-20. After leading for most of the game, the Steelers choked away a 20-7 lead with 8 minutes left to go in the 4th quarter. The Cardinals took a 23-20 lead with 2:37 left in the game, following 2 touchdown passes from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald and a safety. But, in just under 2 minutes, Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led his team on an 8-play, 78 yard drive which culminated in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes. The game ended when Kurt Warner fumbled the football at midfield with 5 seconds left in regulation. The game ended 27-23.
Santonio Holmes was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl. Holmes caught 9 passes for 131 yards and the game-winning touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger also had a solid game and won his 2nd Super Bowl. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He had a 93.2 passer rating. Another key Steelers play involved NFL Defensive Player of the Year – James Harrison. As time expired at the end of the 1st half, Harrison intercepted a Kurt Warner pass at the goal line and returned the ball 100 yards for a touchdown which gave the Steelers a 17-7 halftime edge.
Two Cardinals players excelled in defeat. Kurt Warner put forth another solid Super Bowl effort – 31 of 43 completions, 377 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception and 1 fumble – good for a 112.3 passer rating. Warner now holds the 3 best passing games in Super Bowl history – and he also holds the record for most total passing yards of any quarterback in Super Bowl history. Larry Fitzgerald also continued his hot post-season. Although the Steelers defense did keep Arizona off-balance for most of the game, Warner and Fitzgerald connected on 2 key 4th quarter touchdowns to put the Cardinals in position to win. Fitzgerald finished the game with 7 catches, 127 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
The win marked the 6th Super Bowl Championship for the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise – the most in NFL history.