Quotes (6)

  • Pittsburgh Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: I'll tell you what, I'm so proud of this group of guys. We hung through some tough times, some adversity. They talk a lot about this offense, and you know what, I'm so proud of the way we responded that last drive. I hope we silenced some critics.

    (on Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner)
    Pittsburgh Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: He is a phenomenal football player. He threw the ball, I don't know his numbers but I know they had to be good. He is a heck of a competitor and I told him it was an honor for me to play in this game against him because his autobiography was the first one I ever read, so it was really an honor to play against him.

  • Pittsburgh Coach Mike Tomlin : There's going to be ebb and flow. Let's face it, Arizona is a great team. I take my hat off to those guys, players and coaches, administrators. This is what the Super Bowl is supposed to be about. It was, and hopefully the fans of football enjoyed it

  • Arizona Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald: It was like getting a chair pulled out from under you. It just hurts to be able to get so close and fall short of your ultimate goal. You've got to tip your hats to those guys over there at the Steelers. They're a courageous group of guys. They fought to the end and made the plays when it counted. It hurts so bad to be so close to being a champion and have it snatched away from you. Ben (Roethlisberger) was just being Ben again on that last drive and was able to make some tough throws for his team and you've got to tip your hat to them.

    Arizona Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald: They do a lot of different coverages. Dick LeBeau is an outstanding (defensive) coordinator, if not the best, one of the best in the business. He does a great job of getting his guys in position. They had us going in the first half a little bit. We were able to come in at halftime and make some adjustments.

  • Pittsburgh Wide Receiver and Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes: (prior to the game-winning drive) I came up and told Ben (Roethlisberger) that I want to be the guy. I wanted to win this game for you guys, man. Just give me the ball, give me the chance to make plays and I will do it for you.

    Santonio Holmes: My quarterback gave me the opportunity to get into the game early. They kept believing in me. The plays weren't there all game for us, but we made the ones that really counted.

    Santonio Holmes: I wanted to be a guy that you could trust and depend on 100 percent, and those guys believed in me. It means the world to me. I've lived out the moment with the dreams I've accomplished right now. I am just thankful for being in this situation and my teammates for helping me

  • Pittsburgh Wide Receiver Hines Ward : We never doubted ourselves, not for a second. We stayed the course. Santonio Holmes really made a name for himself today. It speaks volumes about our team. We never gave up. To come back and win it like that is just unbelievable.

  • Al Michaels: (after the game) I don't know if you can beat last years game with the Giants and New England, but this one's in the neighborhood.

Notes (3)

  • Super Bowl Rosters
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    #55 Patrick Bailey (LB)
    #17 Mitch Berger (P)
    #23 Tyrone Carter (S)
    #25 Ryan Clark (FS) *
    #74 Willie Colon (RT) *
    #38 Carey Davis (RB) *
    #93 Nick Eason (DE)
    #79 Trai Essex (T) (DNP)
    #51 James Farrior (LILB) *
    #50 Larry Foote (RILB) *
    #57 Keyaron Fox (LB)
    #54 Andre Frazier (LB)
    #22 William Gay (CB)
    #98 Casey Hampton (NT) *
    #92 James Harrison (ROLB) *
    #62 Justin Hartwig (C) *
    #76 Chris Hoke (DT)
    #10 Santonio Holmes (WR) *
    #99 Brett Keisel (RDE) *
    #68 Chris Kemoeatu (LG) *
    #90 Travis Kirschke (DE)
    #4 Byron Leftwich (QB) (DNP)
    #37 Anthony Madison (CB)
    #20 Bryant McFadden (RCB) *
    #49 Sean McHugh (TE)
    #83 Heath Miller (TE) *
    #21 Mewelde Moore (RB)
    #39 Willie Parker (RB) *
    #65 Jeremy Parquet (G/T) (DNP)
    #43 Troy Polamalu (SS) *
    #3 Jeff Reed (K)
    #61 Jared Retkofsky (LS)
    #7 Ben Roethlisberger (QB) *
    #33 Gary Russell (RB)
    #91 Aaron Smith (LDE) *
    #89 Matt Spaeth (TE)
    #72 Darnell Stapleton (RG) *
    #78 Max Starks (LT) *
    #14 Limas Sweed (WR)
    #24 Ike Taylor (LCB) *
    #94 Lawrence Timmons (LB)
    #26 Deshea Townsend (CB)
    #86 Hines Ward (WR) *
    #85 Nate Washington (WR)
    #56 LaMarr Woodley (LOLB) *
    Inactive
    #31 Fernando Bryant (CB)
    #69 Jason Capizzi (T)
    #53 Bruce Davis (LB)
    #2 Dennis Dixon (QB)
    #66 Tony Hills (T)
    #71 Scott Paxson (NT)
    #96 Orpheus Roye (DE)
    #27 Anthony Smith (S)

    Arizona Cardinals
    #27 Michael Adams (CB)
    #28 J.J. Arrington (RB)
    #52 Monty Beisel (LB)
    #92 Bertrand Berry (DE)
    #81 Anquan Boldin (WR) *
    #15 Steve Breaston (WR)
    #61 Elton Brown (G/T)
    #75 Levi Brown (RT) *
    #20 Ralph Brown (CB)
    #93 Calais Campbell (DE)
    #58 Karlos Dansby (ROLB) *
    #90 Darnell Dockett (RDT) *
    #80 Early Doucet (WR) (DNP)
    #11 Larry Fitzgerald (WR) *
    #47 Aaron Francisco (S)
    #69 Mike Gandy (LT) *
    #5 Ben Graham (P)
    #54 Gerald Hayes (ILB) *
    #34 Tim Hightower (RB)
    #48 Nathan Hodel (LS)
    #26 Roderick Hood (LCB) *
    #91 Kenny Iwebema (DE)
    #32 Edgerrin James (RB) *
    #55 Travis LaBoy (DE)
    #7 Matt Leinart (QB) (DNP)
    #76 Deuce Lutui (RG) *
    #87 Sean Morey (WR)
    #56 Chike Okeafor (LOLB) *
    #89 Ben Patrick (TE)
    #82 Leonard Pope (TE) *
    #1 Neil Rackers (K)
    #97 Bryan Robinson (LDT) *
    #29 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (RCB) *
    #21 Antrel Rolle (FS) *
    #70 Pat Ross (C) (DNP)
    #63 Lyle Sendlein (C) *
    #94 Antonio Smith (LDE) *
    #45 Terrelle Smith (FB) *
    #51 Pago Togafau (LB)
    #85 Jerheme Urban (WR)
    #22 Matt Ware (S)
    #13 Kurt Warner (QB) *
    #98 Gabe Watson (RDT) *
    #74 Reggie Wells (LG) *
    #24 Adrian Wilson (SS) *
    Inactive
    #78 Alan Branch (DT)
    #46 Tim Castille (FB)
    #25 Eric Green (CB)
    #57 Victor Hobson (LB)
    #72 Brandon Keith (T)
    #2 Brian St. Pierre (QB)
    #84 Jerame Tuman (TE)
    #68 Elliot Vallejo (T)

    * Starters
    DNP - Did Not Play

  • Referee: Terry McAulay (77)
    Umpire: Roy Ellison (81)
    Head Linesman: Derick Bowers (74)
    Line Judge: Mark Perlman (9)
    Field Judge: Greg Gautreaux (80)
    Side Judge: Michael Banks (72)
    Back Judge: Keith Ferguson (61)

    Replay Official: McGrath, Bob

    Alternate Referee: Ron Winter, (14)
    Alternate Umpire: Darrell Jenkins (76)
    Alternate Line Judge: Darryll Lewis (130)
    Alternate Field Judge: Doug Rosenbaum (67)
    Alternate Back Judge: Billy Smith (2)

    Terry McAulay was refereeing his second Super Bowl, having worked Super Bowl XXXIX.

  • Super Bowl XLIII Entertainment:
    Pregame: John Legend and Faith Hill
    Anthem: Jennifer Hudson (ASL translation by Kristen Santos)
    Half Time: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (produced by Don Mischer Productions and White Cherry Entertainment)

    Half Time Program: Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Born to Run, Working on a Dream and Glory Days.

Trivia (15)

  • Final Score
    Pittsburgh Steelers 27
    Arizona Cardinals 23

  • Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes was named Super Bowl XLII MVP.

  • Coaching Staffs
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Mike Tomlin (Head Coach) (1-0 in Super Bowls)
    Ken Anderson (Quarterbacks)
    Bruce Arians (Offensive Coordinator)
    Keith Butler (Linebackers)
    James Daniel (Tight Ends)
    Randy Fichtner (Wide Receivers)
    Ray Horton (Defensive Backs)
    Amos Jones (Assistant Special Teams)
    Dick LeBeau (Defensive Coordinator)
    Bob Ligashesky (Special Teams)
    John Mitchell (Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line)
    Kirby Wilson (Running Backs)
    Larry Zierlein (Offensive Line)

    Arizona Cardinals
    Ken Whisenhunt (Head Coach) (0-1 in Super Bowls)
    Ron Aiken (Defensive Line)
    Teryl Austin (Defensive Backs)
    Maurice Carthon (Running Backs)
    Rick Courtright (Assistant Defensive Backs)
    Bill Davis (Linebackers)
    Russ Grimm (Assistant Head Coach / Offensive Line)
    Todd Haley (Offensive Coordinator)
    Freddie Kitchens (Tight Ends)
    John Lott (Strength & Conditioning)
    Mike Miller (Wide Receivers)
    Clancy Pendergast (Defensive Coordinator)
    Matt Raich (Defensive Assistant)
    Jeff Rutledge (Quarterbacks)
    Kevin Spencer (Special Teams)
    Dedric Ward (Offensive Quality Control)

  • Path to the Super Bowl
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    AFC Central Champions (12-4)
    Divisional Playoff: defeated AFC West Champion San Diego Chargers 35-24.
    Championship Game: defeated Wild Card Baltimore Ravens 23-14.

    Arizona Cardinals
    NFC West Champions (9-7)
    Wild Card Round: defeated Wild Card Atlanta Falcons 30-24
    Divisional Playoff: defeated NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers 33-13
    Championship Game: defeated Wild Card Philadelphia Eagles 32-25.

  • The victory improved the Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise Super Bowl record to 6-1.
    This is the Arizona Cardinals first appearance in the Super Bowl.

  • The coin toss was performed by General David Petraeus, who was joined on the field by Roger Craig, John Elway and Lynn Swann. Pittsburgh's James Farrior called Heads and lost the toss. Arizona elected to defer to the second half becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to win the toss and not choose to receive.

  • This is the second Super Bowl to be played at Raymond James Stadium. The facility also hosted Super Bowl XXXV.

  • The Pittsburgh Steelers received a winner's share of $78,000. The Arizona Cardinals received a loser's share of $40,000.

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