Super Bowl

Season 43 Episode 1

Super Bowl XLIII - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Aired Sunday 3:15 PM Feb 01, 2009 on CBS
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Super Bowl XLIII - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Super Bowl XLIII between the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Final Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 27 Arizona Cardinals 23

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  • this was a great superbowl

    in this super bowl it was the pittsburg steelers trying to win 7 super bowls and the arizona cardials trying to win they had a vertrain quaterback he had already won a superbowl with the st louis and they were compete on one of the greatest stages in sports trying to hosit the lombardy trophy this game had some moment were a defensive player on the steelers ran 100 yards the other way on a interception the longest the superbowls history. the cardnals almost came back to win it both teams played well its the team that wants it the most that is going to win and the teams that brings there all. and the stealers did that . and big ben got to win another one his second superbowlmoreless
  • SB 43

    Just three months ago, the Steelers won their record 6th Super Bowl trophy, moving past the San Fransisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys who both had 5 Super Bowl titles. I'll I had to say after this game was: "What a game!" I knew that this would play out to be a great game. Just not as great as it turned out. I am so glad the Cardinals didn't win! The last thing we needed was a repeat of last years Giants win. This is also the first time since Super Bowl 38 that the team I wanted to win actually won! Hard to believe huh?This has been a review.moreless
  • Pittsburgh unfortunately wins their sixth Super Bowl.

    Arizona had come into Super Bowl XLII not winning a title since 1947, the longest drought for any team in the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers had won five Super Bowls, tied with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. One flaw already, the game started too early. By the time I tuned in, it was already 17-7 in favor of the Steelers in the third quarter, and just like that Pittsburgh had nailed another field goal. 20-7.

    The Cardinals would come back and make a run. It was either eight or ten plays, the next drive for Arizona would be, yet lasted under four minutes as Larry Fitzgerald caught a touchdown pass to make it 20-14. To get the Cards even more pumped up, the Steelers didn't do anything on their next possession. But when Pittsburgh punted, the Cardinals weren't able to take advantage. Instead of attempting a long field goal, Arizona punted, and pinned Big Ben and the Steelers inside their own two-yard line. Arizona was eventually rewarded with two points after a holding penalty on Pittsburgh in the end zone resulted in a safety.

    Arizona scored with style on a long, 65+ yard touchdown (not sure exactly how long it was) and it was caught by none other than Larry Fitzgerald. 23-20, Arizona. But they had scored too early. Big Ben and his crew had over two minutes to get at least a field goal. But they just had to ruin it for the Cardinals, scoring with less than a minute remaining making it 27-23 as Arizona did nothing on what would of been the game-winning drive, and entitled Pittsburgh the dynasty of the league, now leading the National Football League with six titles. Boo them. Arizona won.moreless
  • Better than expected!

    If you thought, that the Super Bowl of the Giants-Pats were really great. Then this is, nearly awesome. Glad that, there wasn't a blowout. Like in Super Bowls past. And even though, I would love to see, an overtime of the game. Still, the Cards prove, they are a team on the rise. Kurt Warner, at 37-years old, shows he still has it, in him. Wished that he would had won. But he came really close. Loved Faith Hill's America the Beautifu. After suffering through a lot in the fall. Nice to see Jennifer Hudson make, a great comeback, singing the National Anthem. While Santonio Holmes, Steelers WR caught the last second TD. And put his team, back up and won the MVP, of the game. Despite loving the underdogs, a great game for the ages.moreless
  • Exciting game of football.

    In 2008 the New England Patriots were the undisputed best team in football. They went into the Super Bowl 18-0 (16-0 regular season) and had arguably a top 3 quarterback of all time. The New York Giants had a young quarterback who most people at the time only knew because of his older brother. It truly was a David vs. Goliath situation and just like in the history books David won.

    This year you could make an argument that the Pittsburgh Steelers were the best team in football. You could also safely say that nobody saw the Arizona Cardinals getting to the Super Bowl, or even out of the first round. But they did.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers looked to embarrass the Arizona Cardinals getting off to an early 20-7 lead. Behind Kurt Warner and the best receiver in football Larry Fitzgerald the Cardinals wrote history with the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history taking a 23-20 lead.

    The Steelers looked to be out until a freak pass got the team in field goal range. Another pass, reminiscent of Matt Cassel's amazing toss to Randy Moss in Foxborough to force overtime with the Jets, Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes and the team regained a 27-23 lead. Kurt Warner searched for a miracle on a drive that could take no longer than 35 seconds for Arizona to win. But a fumble changed everything and the Steelers were victorious yet again.

    This was an electric game and despite none of the "popular" teams like the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants and Jets appearing fans picked a side and strongly stayed there until the end. It was a game of momentum switches, but in the end with their backs against the wall Pittsburgh prevailed.

    No game may ever match the epic Giants/Patriots clash of 2008, but this was a great conclusion to a phenomenal season.moreless
Keith Olbermann

Keith Olbermann

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Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber

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Jerome Bettis

Jerome Bettis

Pregame Analyst

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

    • The average cost of a 30-second commercial was $3,000,000.

    • The face value of Super Bowl XLIII tickets was $1000, $800 and $500. The NFL offered 1,000 tickets at $500 in an acknowledgement of the economic recession.

    • Arizona was designated the home team for Super Bowl XLIII. They wore red jerseys and white pants while Pittsburgh wore white jerseys and gold pants.

    • The Pittsburgh Steelers were 7 point favorites.

    • The last time the Arizona Cardinals won an NFL championship was in 1947 when they were they were the Chicago Cardinals. They defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 28-21.

    • The Pittsburgh Steelers became the second team to appear in seven Super Bowls and the first to win six. The other team to accomplish the feat is the Dallas Cowboys.

    • James Harrison's 100-yard interception return on the last play of the first half marked the longest play in Super Bowl history, beating Green Bay Packers' Desmond Howard's 99-yard kickoff return against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.

  • 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) *
      #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) *
      #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.