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February 1, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
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Steelers Win Super Bowl XLIII

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The Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa on Sunday, 27-23. Steelers WR Santanio Holmes, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, caught the game-winning touchdown pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger with just 45 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have more Super Bowl victories than any other team in the National Football League, but their sixth Lombardi Trophy didn't come easy.

The Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII played in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Sunday, 27-23.

Pittsburgh, which was the favorite to win the Super Bowl, jumped out to a 10-0 lead early. Penalties played a part in Arizona's early struggles. In fact, the Cardinals set a Super Bowl record with 106 penalty yards on 11 infractions.

But Arizona battled back from a 17-7 halftime deficit by scoring 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner's 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald put Arizona up 23-20 with just 2:47 remaining in the game.

Fitzgerald finished the game with seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns while Warner was 31-of-43 for 377 yards and tossed three touchdown passes and one interception.

Warner's lone interception was a costly one, though. His pick came near the end of the first half as the Cardinals were attempting to punch the ball in the end zone from inside Pittsburgh's 5-yard line down 10-7.

But the momentum quickly shifted in Pittsburgh's favor when Warner threw an interception to Steelers linebacker and NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, who returned the ball a Super Bowl-record 100 yards for a touchdown with no time remaining in the first half. That score gave the Steelers a 17-7 halftime lead.

Fitzgerald scored both of his touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the second of which gave Arizona its first lead of the game.

However, Roethlisberger engineered an eight-play, 78-yard scoring drive that he capped off with a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who kept his feet in bounds the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead score, putting the Steelers up 27-23 with just 45 seconds remaining in the game.

The Steelers defense secured the win by causing Warner to fumble away the ball for the second time in the game near midfield.

Roethlisberger completed just nine passes in Pittsburgh's Super Bowl win over Seattle a few years ago, but he was 21-of-30 for 256 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception on Sunday night.

Holmes caught nine passes for 131 yards and scored a touchdown. He produced four of those catches and the score on Pittsburgh's final drive of the game, which led to him being voted the Super Bowl XLIII MVP.

Former Bucs defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin, 36, replaces former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden as the youngest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. Tomlin was a part of Tampa Bay's Super Bowl XXXVII staff.

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