TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are Super Bowl
champions for a record sixth time after beating upset-minded
Arizona 27-23 in what arguably was the most exciting Super Bowl
Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes with
a 6-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left
to give the Steelers a heart-stopping win over the Cardinals in
Super Bowl 43. The Cardinals had erased a 20-7 Steelers lead with
16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter before Holmes made his
winning catch. Holmes caught nine passes for 131 yards and was named the game's MVP.
An electrifying 100-yard interception return by linebacker James
Harrison at the end of the first half helped the Steelers take a
17-7 halftime edge. Harrison's play was a momentum-turner. The
Cardinals appeared to be heading for a score when Harrison
intercepted a Kurt Warner pass at the goal line. Harrison then
sprinted 100 yards, eluding several tacklers along the way, as time
expired at the end of the half in the longest play in Super Bowl
Roethlisberger completed 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards and the
winning touchdown. The teams combined to score 23 points in the
Cardinals QB Kurt Warner completed 31 of 43 passes for 377
yards. He threw three TD passes, including a 64-yard TD to Larry
Fitzgerald with 2:37 left. That gave the Cardinals a 23-20 lead
before Big Ben rallied the Steelers one final time.
The Steelers are 6-and-1 in Super Bowls, with one more Super
Bowl victory than Dallas. The Cardinals were making their first
Super Bowl appearance.
SUPER BOWL XLIII
1st Quarter Summary:
-Cardinals running back and Nash County native J.J. Arrington is playing(knee).
-FG Steelers - Jeff Reed 18 yards.
2nd Quarter Summary:
-TD Steelers - Gary Russell 1 yard run.
-TD Cardinals - Kurt Warner 1 yard pass to Ben Patrick
-TD Steelers - James Harrison 100 Yard interception return (NFL record for longest play in a Super Bowl).
3rd Quarter Summary:
-FG Steelers - Jeff Reed 21 yards
4th Quarter Summary:
-TD Cardinals - Kurt Warner 1 yard to Larry Fitzgerald
-Safety Cardinals - Steelers holding in the end zone.
-TD Cardinals - Kurt Warner 64 yards to Larry Fitzgerald
-TD Steelers - Ben Roethlisberger 6 yards to Santonio Holmes
Kickoff for Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers is approximately 6:25 p.m.
The weather for the game in Tampa, Florida is forecast to be clear and in the upper 50s-lower 60s for the game.
Half-time will feature Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, as well as a 3D trailer for Monsters versus Aliens.
Following the game, stay tuned for a special hour of "The Office" on NBC followed by WITN News.
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