Super Bowl 43 turned out to be “Six-burgh” for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In one of the most exciting finishes in the history of the NFL championship game, the Steelers came from behind with just 35 seconds to play to score the winning touchdown against the underdog Arizona Cardinals.
Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER, in the second winning Super Bowl appearance of his career, tossed a six-yard touchdown pass to receiver SANTONIO HOLMES in the end zone. Holmes, named the game’s Most Valuable Player, managed to keep both his toes in the end zone while maintaining possession of the football.
The Super Bowl triumph was an NFL record sixth for the Steelers franchise and the second in the past four years.
Arizona played valiantly in attempting to win the team’s first-ever Super Bowl. The Cardinals’ last NFL championship was in 1947, when they played in Chicago.
For most of last night’s game, played in Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh looked dominant, even intercepting a pass by Cardinals quarterback KURT WARNER just before the end of the first half with JAMES HARRISON running it back a Super Bowl record 100 yards to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room.
The Steelers appeared unstoppable, increasing their lead to 20 to 7 in the third quarter and looking in control of the game with about eight minutes left in the fourth. But the Cardinals suddenly got hot, first scoring a touchdown and then, forcing the Steelers into a safety in their own end zone, cutting the advantage to 20 to 16.
Following a Steelers’ punt, Warner, a previous Super Bowl winner with the St. Louis Rams, marched the Cardinals from the team’s own 36-yard line into the end zone in just three plays, and Arizona led 23 to 16.
But Rothelisberger and the Steelers weren’t to be denied. With just 2:37 left on the clock, the quarterback engineered the most impressive drive of the game from the Pittsburgh one-yard line.
The key play of the series was a pass to Holmes for 40 yards to the Cardinals six-yard line that eventually set up the winning score. With just 35 seconds left, the Cardinals had run out of miracles.
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