Super Bowl XLIII

Date: February 1, 2009

Venue: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida)

Attendance: 70,774

Result: Pittsburgh Steelers def. Arizona Cardinals, 27–23

MVP: Santonio Holmes (WR, Pittsburgh)

Recap: The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking for their sixth NFL title while the Arizona Cardinals were looking for their first in Super Bowl XLIII. The Steelers defeated the Cardinals, 27-to-23 and gained the record for most number of titles in NFL history. The Cardinals failed in their attempt and holds the record for the longest drought in the league.


The Steelers held a 20-to-7 lead midway in the third quarter before the Cardinals made their comeback stringing 16 straight points and grabbing the lead, 23-to-20 with two minutes to go in the game. With the ball in their own-22, the Steelers ran 8 plays in just over two minutes including the game-winning touchdown, a 6-yard pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Santonio Holmes. Roethlisberger completed 21-of-30 passes for 256 yards and 1 TD while Holmes, who was named Super Bowl XLIII MVP, had 131 yards on 9 receptions with a TD.

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