Super Bowl Replay: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23
In this era of instant nostalgia and snap judgments, many people will proclaim Pittsburgh's 27-23 victory over Arizona in Super Bowl 43 to be the best ever. It probably doesn't deserve that status.
But, it's definitely in the discussion.
Had the Cardinals prevailed, we'd have had the double-whammy of the greatest comeback/collapse of all-time. Instead, we had late lead changes, spectacular plays and the Steelers winning their sixth Super Bowl championship.
Here are some off-the-cuff observations from the day at Raymond James Stadium:
Catching redemption: Santonio Holmes' game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left will go down as one of the more memorable moments in NFL history. Had the Steelers lost, people would have remembered the pass that sailed through his hands moments earlier.
Close call: We may be overreacting a little bit here, and it probably wouldn't have changed the outcome, but why didn't Kurt Warner's "fumble" on the second-to-last play of the game merit more discussion or review? Was it that obvious that he was not trying to throw the ball?
Not to this observer.
If the play had been ruled incomplete, the Cardinals would have had one more chance for a desperation pass. It probably wouldn't have mattered, but Larry Fitzgerald is a tremendous athlete and Pittsburgh's defensive backs are on the short side....
MVP! MVP! Holmes won the trophy in what had to be a close contest over quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. For us, Holmes touchdown celebration - he pretended that the football was a bottle of talcum powder and clapped a cloud like LeBron James - gave him the edge.
Boss time: If you want to say that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band put on the best halftime show of all-time, well, we're not going to argue. The highlights: Springsteen telling viewers to "put the chicken fingers down," sliding into a camera man and mugging with Steve Van Zandt.
Hot scoop: Hats off to folks at SportsByBrooks.com, who reported Springsteen's set list before the game started. Silly as it sounds, lots of outlets were vying for that story.
Rough outing: Maybe we've lost the capacity to be impressed by commercials. This year's crop was really weak. Doritos tried to be funny by having a guy hit in the crotch with a snow globe. GoDaddy.com used sex and Danica Patrick, but it wasn't great. E*Trade's talking baby schtick is played. The Cash4Gold spot with Ed McMahon smacked of creepy exploitation.
The only ad that I really enjoyed was the Pepsi spot featuring Bob Dylan and Will I. Am. But, it seemed out of character for Dylan to cash in like that.
Real American Heroes: Thumbs up to the NFL for inviting US Airways pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger and the rest of the crew for Flight 1549 to the party. Sullenberger and the crew saved 150 passengers with a water landing last month in the Hudson River.
Turning point: The most bizarre (and important) play of the game came at the end of the first half. With the Cardinals driving for what would have been a tying touchdown in the final seconds, Warner tried to throw a quick pass to Anquan Boldin, but Steelers linebacker James Harrison stepped in front of the ball for the interception and took off the other way.
Harrison rumbled 100 yards for a touchdown, then practically had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. Harrison's play surpassed Packers wide receiver Desmond Howard's 99-yard kickoff return as the Super Bowl record for longest scoring play.
Temper, temper: Harrison could have been in line for MVP honors, but he committed a stupid penalty later in the game. There were plenty of stupid penalties on both sides, which was somewhat surprising given the discipline both sides showed during the week of interviews and hype leading up to the game.
Men of Steel: Even casual fans probably heard that Pittsburgh's defense posted the best statistics in the league during the regular season. Even if you didn't know that, though, you'd put them in the upper echelon because of the way they tackle. Think back to the Packers' season. How many times did you see a ballcarrier break into the Green Bay secondary, break a few tackles and drag a few defenders for a couple yards? When Pittsburgh defensive players hit someone, they go down. Period. It's up to Dom Capers, the new defensive coordinator at 1265 Lombardi Ave., to instill that approach with the Packers.
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Hello, great game....I disagree with greatest of all time talk ever..comparisons between time is impossible in my viewpoint. As for reviewing warners, last attempt at a throw, they did..but it doesn't take five looks to see a defender put his hand on the football while warner was ATTEMPTING to throw it, an attempt is not an incomplete pass, in my view any ball a defensive lineman gets his hands on while still in the QBs hand and comes out, is a fumble..
wiscoleeds, I was wondering the same thing so I asked my wife and she sent me this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NFL_champions That cleared a lot of it up for me, there is a note towards the bottom of the information that states: "The Green Bay Packers won 3 straight championship games twice (1929-31 and 1965-67), and the most over all championships with 12." So I guess it is merely a matter of perspective. 6 versus 12 but what does one count or start counting? Me? I have no opinion as I am a Ravens fan. :)
Legallyblonde....I can't find one single source anywhere that has the Packers winning 12 Super Bowls. Face the facts. I understand your misinformed point but don't be bitter and ignorant it's not flattering. You sound like a Bears fan! Cheers Wiscoleeds
As far as the commercials were concerned, I thought that the CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com ads were the best of the bunch. We were laughing pretty hard at the both of them that our friend had to rewind them both so that we could watch them again.
Steelers - 6 Packers - 12 I almost threw up 3 times this weekend hearing about how cool 6 Super Bowls is. It's absurd. You're halfway there Pittsburgh.
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