Countdown of the 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s: #5 Super Bowl XLIII
#5 Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Pittsburgh Steelers – 27
Arizona Cardinals – 23
Raymond James Stadium
Feb. 1, 2009
MVP: Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh
Key Play: Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s first half 100-yard interception return for a touchdown proved to be too much for the Cardinals to overcome.
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The 2008 NFL season came down to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers had history on their side as one of the most storied franchises in the NFL, while the Cardinals had the re-emergence of quarterback Kurt Warner.
The game itself was well-played throughout. The Steelers went into halftime with a 17-7 lead, sparked by a Super Bowl record, 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by linebacker James Harrison.
The Steelers would hold a 20-7 lead going into the fourth quarter before Arizona battled back with 16 unanswered points. With 2:37 left in the game, Kurt Warner found Larry Fitzgerald on a 67-yard touchdown reception to take the lead 23-20. Suddenly, the drama of Super Bowl XLIII had escalated.
The Steelers would respond, marching 73 yards down field and winning the game with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the game. Holmes would be named the Super Bowl MVP after recording nine catches for 131 yards and one touchdown.
The victory made the Steelers the first team to win six Super Bowls. The game provided fans with an emotional roller coaster never before seen in a Super Bowl. Up until the fourth quarter, it seemed like the Steelers were going to cruise to a victory. The momentum then, out of nowhere, shifted to the Cardinals side when they took the lead with just over two minutes left to play. Then, just as the world thought the Cardinals pulled off the comeback, the Steelers staged a last second game winning drive that will go down as one of the greatest in Super Bowl history. Thanks to this, Super Bowl XLIII is #5 on our 20 Greatest Super Bowl’s Countdown.