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02-01-2009, 11:48 PM
Steelers now own more Super Bowl titles than any other franchise
By The Tribune-Review
Sunday, February 1, 2009
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_609774.html

TAMPA The Steelers became the first team to win six Super Bowls. In the process they denied the Arizona Cardinals a chance to become the most improbable of Super Bowl champions.

And they did in dramatic fashion at Raymond James Stadium.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rallied the Steelers after they squandered a 13-point lead, and his late-game heroics produced a 27-23 win and one of the most memorable finishes in Super Bowl history.

Roethlisberger led the Steelers on one of his patented fourth-quarter comebacks. And he capped a 78-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left in the game. Holmes made an acrobatic catch amidst heavy traffic in the back corner of the end zone and managed to keep his feet in bounds.

A defense that had faltered in the fourth quarter held the Cardinals as the Steelers staved off a loss that would have forever haunted them.

The win gave the Steelers a second Super Bowl title in four years as well as another Lombardi Trophy to add to their collection. It also capped a 15-4 season and came in front of a crowd that was an overwhelmingly Terrible Towel waving one.

Last night's game produced many memorable moments and the longest play in Super bowl history.

With the Steelers clinging to a 10-7 lead at the end of the first half, James Harrison picked off Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and then made one of the best runs in Super Bowl history.

He rumbled the length of the field, breaking several tackles along the way before crashing through two Cardinals and into the end zone.

His 100-yard touchdown allowed the Steelers to take a 10-point lead into the locker room. It also punctuated an entertaining as well as back and forth first half.

The Steelers dominated the first quarter -- they outgained the Cardinals 140 yards to 13 -- and a 1-yard touchdown run by Gary Russell early in the second quarter gave them a 10-0 lead.

Just when it looked like the game might get away from Cardinals, Warner directed a nine-play, 83-yard drive that he capped with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Ben Patrick.

Near the end of the quarter Bryant Robinson deflected a Roethlisberger pass and Karlos Dansby's interception gave the Cardinals the ball at the Steelers' 34-yard line.

After controlling the first half, it looked like the Steelers would actually trail going into halftime. But on first down from the Steelers' 1-yard line with 18 seconds left in the quarter, Harrison backed off after showing a blitz and intercepted a pass intended for Anquan Boldin. His return not only set a record, it also shifted momentum back to the Steelers' side.

On the first possession of the second half, Warner moved the Cardinals into Steelers territory but he lost a fumble after James Farrior sacked him. Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt challenged the call and it was ruled an incomplete pass after an official review.

Arizona punted and the Steelers drove the length of the field but had to settle for a Jeff Reed field late in the third quarter.

The inability to put away the Cardinals almost cost the Steelers.

Warner, who threw for over 300 yards, led an eight-play, 87-yard drive that he capped with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals got within four points after a holding call in the end zone resulted in a safety.

Warner gave them their first lead of the game when he threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzerald with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter.

Roethlisberger, however, rallied the Steelers as he moved them almost 80 yards in just over two minutes.

Warner looked like he might have more magic in his right arm.

But after moving the Cardinals into Steelers territory, LaMarr Woodley sacked Warner and Brett Keisel recovered the fumble to preserve the win.