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Steelers World Champions of SuperBowl XLIII


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2008-2009 Season Goal Acomplished

Here We Go Steelers 2008-2009 Version Fight Song

This is the first rambling in this site, but being a Die Hard Steeler Fan, I just had to say it out loud:

We Are The

Champions

Of The World

The hunger for success has come to an end, we are been fed, Steeler became the NUMBER ONE Team in the whole NFL history with 6 SuperBowl Championships. If you have not seen the SuperBowl at least you need to watch the last winning drive from Steelers it´s a real breath taken drive. Those 2:37 last minutes were the Most Stressful and so damn long Moments of my life. You can see it in the NFL Video Galleries, this link goes directly to the video.

We won 27-23 over the Cardinals (the “We” does not means I am in the payroll of the Steelers, I wish I could be, but I am not, just in case you wonder). Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense ended a Super Bowl of incredible swings with a final-minute touchdown for a historic victory.

Santonio Holmes made an amazing 6-yard catch deep in the right corner of the end zone with 35 seconds remaining Sunday night, lifting the Steelers to a record-setting sixth Super Bowl win, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals.

Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23

A little glimpse to the game itself:

The Steelers (15-4), winning their second Super Bowl in the last four seasons, led 20-7 in the fourth quarter, only to see Kurt Warner and the Cardinals stage a rally to go in front 23-20 with 2:37 remaining.

Warner hit wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in stride for a 64-yard touchdown with 2:37 left. Already owning a slew of postseason receiving marks this year, Fitzgerald sped down the middle of the field, watching himself outrun the Steelers.

But Fitzgerald could only watch from the sideline as Roethlisberger made it to a 78-yard drive to win Super Bowl XLIII in what resembled Heinz Field South. With waves of twirling Terrible Towels turning Raymond James Stadium into a black-and-gold tableau — Steelers fans supporting their beloved team, the economy be damned — Pittsburgh’s offense rescued the title.

Holmes was selected the game’s MVP.

The incredible swings overshadowed James Harrison’s Super Bowl-record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to end the first half. That looked like the signature play until the final quarter, when both teams shook off apparent knockout punches to throw haymakers of their own.

Big Ben and Holmes struck the last blow, and when Warner fumbled the ball away in the final seconds, the Cardinals’ dream of winning their first NFL title since 1947 were gone.

The Cardinals (12-8-1), playing in their first Super Bowl ever and first championship game of any kind since 1948, lost their composure after Harrison’s heroics. They had three penalties to keep Pittsburgh’s 79-yard, third-quarter drive going, a 16-play march that ended with Jeff Reed’s 21-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead.

And Arizona couldn’t get Fitzgerald free until very late. But did he get free.

Fitzgerald, who already had set a postseason record for receiving yards and had five touchdowns in the playoffs, was a nonentity until an 87-yard, fourth-quarter drive he capped with a leaping 1-yard touchdown catch over Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. Fitzgerald made four receptions on that series on which Warner hit all eight passes for all the yards.

And then Fitzgerald struck swiftly for the 64-yard TD catch that put Arizona within minutes of a remarkable victory.

But a victory that didn’t happen because the Steelers are as resilient as they come.

Pittsburgh looked like the offensive juggernaut to open the game, smoothly driving 71 yards in eight plays. But the 72nd yard that would have given the Steelers a touchdown never came.

It seemingly had when Roethlisberger’s short run was ruled a touchdown. However, Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt challenged, and the score was overturned, leaving Tomlin his first difficult decision.

He took the points, Reed’s 18-yard field goal, the shortest in a Super Bowl since 1976.

After forcing a punt, the Steelers kept the ball the remainder of the first quarter — 11:28 in all, outgaining Arizona 140-13, getting seven first downs to one for the Cardinals. As Warner and the usually potent Cardinals’ offense watched, frustrated, from the sideline, Pittsburgh plowed it in on Gary Russell’s 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 10-0.

When the Cardinals finally got the ball back, they suddenly put the Steelers off-balance with short passes — and one huge play.

Warner had enough time to shine the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year trophy he received just before kickoff, then hit Anquan Boldin streaking from left to right. Boldin was upended at the Pittsburgh 1, and Warner’s lob to Ben Patrick got the Cardinals on the board. It was the tight end’s first touchdown this season.

Arizona’s defense then emulated the Steel Curtain with a big play. Bryan Robinson tipped Roethlisberger’s pass high into the air, and Karlos Dansby corralled it at the Pittsburgh 34. The Cardinals got to the 1, then, perhaps jealous, the Steelers’ D asserted itself — magnificently.

Harrison, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, stepped in front of Boldin at the goal line, picked off Warner’s throw and began a journey down the right sideline to the longest play in Super Bowl history.

Harrison ran past or through most of the Cardinals, nearly stepped out of bounds at one point, and was dragged down by Fitzgerald as he fell to the goal line. The play was reviewed as several Cardinals knelt on one knee, exhausted from the chase and disheartened by the result.

The previous longest play in Super Bowl history was Desmond Howard’s 99-yard kickoff return for the Green Bay Packers in 1997.

Lets Go for the Seventh SuperBowl Championship Next Season 2009-2010, Why Not? After all we all have 10 fingers, so lots of space for more.

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Comments

  1. @Webtemplates- Hope you enjoyed the Superbowl as well as I did.

    @Classifieds- I am really GLAD too, I almost felt my heart sank in those last minutes of the game, was great that Santonio Holmes had his feet in the ground before falling outside the field.

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