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2009 ‐ Super Bowl XLIII ‐ Pittsburgh Steelers vs Arizona Cardinals

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Pittsburgh Steelers 27
Arizona Cardinals 23

February 1, 2009

Super Bowl XLIII was at Raymond James Stadium. The AFC champion Steelers (15-4) faced the NFC champion Cardinals (12-8) before a TV audience of 98.7 million, the second largest.

The Steelers made their seventh appearance. The underdog Cardinals were in their first Super Bowl, seeking their first championship since 1947.

Pittsburgh drove 71 yards on their first possession and kicked an 18-yard field goal.

The Steelers scored again on a 1-yard touchdown run on the second play of the second quarter.

A 45-yard completion by Kurt Warner that brought Arizona to Pittsburgh’s 1, setting up a 1-yard touchdown pass.

With 2:46 remaining, Arizona intercepted Roethlisberger at Pittsburgh’s 34. But Karlos Dansby intercepted Warner in the end zone and returned the ball 100 yards. Pittsburgh led 17-7 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Pittsburgh drove inside Arizona’s 10, but gained only a 21-yard field goal.

Arizona adopted a no-huddle attack in the fourth. Warner led an 87-yard touchdown drive with 7:33 left.

With Pittsburgh pinned at its 1, center Justin Hartwig was called for a holding penalty in the end zone that negated a first down and gave Arizona a safety with 2:58 remaining.

The Cardinals received the ball at their 36. Warner passed to Larry Fitzgerald, who ran 63 yards for a 23-20 lead with 2:37 left.

Starting from its 22, Pittsburgh drove to Arizona’s 6. With 35 seconds left, Santonio Holmes, who was triple covered, caught the winning touchdown.

Holmes was Super Bowl XLIII’s MVP with nine catches for 131 yards, giving Pittsburgh an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl championship.

Around the World on February 1:

  • Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow became Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
  • Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became Iceland’s Prime Minister, the world’s first openly lesbian leader.

Around the NFL in 2009:

  • January 20 – Stephen Ross became Miami’s managing partner.
  • January 29 – The NFL’s minority coaching internship program was renamed the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship.
  • March 12 – Westwood One received a two-year radio contract.
  • March 16 – DeMaurice Smith became the NFLPA’s executive director.
  • March 23 – The NFL extended DIRECTV’s rights through 2014.
  • May 19 – The NFL agreed to two-year extensions with CBS and FOX to run through 2013.
  • August 19 – The NFL extended its contract with NBC through 2013.
  • August 21 – Dallas opened Cowboys Stadium with a 30-10 preseason win over Tennessee.
  • September 10 – The NFL announced that blacked out games would be shown on NFL.com on a delayed basis.
  • September 10 – John Madden became Commissioner Goodell’s special advisor.
  • September 13 – The NFL launched “Red Zone Channel,” live action cut-ins of Sunday afternoon games.
  • November 19 – The NFL appointed Tony Dungy to lead a new Player Advisory Forum and serve as Commissioner Goodell’s special advisor.
  • December 2 – The NFL adopted new return-to-play guidelines for players with concussions.
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