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mesaSteeler
08-08-2009, 11:51 PM
http://www.nfl.com/trainingcamp/story?id=09000d5d811c2d43&template=without-video-with-comments&confirm=true
Steelers' winning drive in Super Bowl XLIII still haunts Cardinals

Associated Press
(Note the link has a video with it that show the our game winning drive. - mesa)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- After avoiding it for six months, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will watch a replay of his team's Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Whisenhunt said he planned to view the tape this weekend as part of his preparations for Arizona's Thursday night preseason opener at Pittsburgh. But he acknowledged that the exercise might stir up some painful memories -- and that's why he has waited this long to watch the game again.

"They've been playing it on NFL Network, so I've seen a lot of the clips, and it brings back a lot of the things that I remember from it," Whisenhunt said. "And now it is a little further removed."

For many Cardinals players and coaches, the most haunting part of that tape is the final minutes. Depending on one's perspective, the Steelers put together one of the more memorable winning drives in Super Bowl history or the Cardinals' defense broke down and let the game slip away from them.

"It makes all of us sick to our stomach defensively," said Cardinals defensive coordinator Bill Davis, who was the linebackers coach at the Super Bowl. "I mean, there's a knot in my gut when you just bring it up right now. The whole defense, collectively, we don't talk about it much."

G.Newman Lowrance / NFL.com
Santonio Holmes' catch on third-and-goal gave the Steelers the lead with less than a minute left in Super Bowl XLIII.

Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson was blunt when asked about what he remembers about his first Super Bowl.

"I think (about) the mistakes on the last drive for the defense," Wilson said this week. "Defensively, we had a lot of breakdowns. We didn't play winning football on the last drive. I think it came back and it bit us on our butt."

The Steelers' final drive might have spelled the end for former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, whom the Cardinals fired within a week after the loss. However, it might be unfair to blame the defense, which scored a safety and gave up just 13 points in the first 59 minutes. The Cardinals' potent offense mustered only one touchdown before two fourth-quarter scores, including a 64-yard pass from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald to give Arizona its first lead, 23-20, with 2:37 to play.

The Cardinals' defense couldn't protect that lead, but Whisenhunt refused to pin the loss on the unit.

"The last drive, for me, is not the only thing in that game that made a difference," he said. "Not at all. I don't consider that the reason that we didn't win the Super Bowl. That was just one of many factors. I mean, there's always a bunch of other plays in the game that could have made the difference."

The biggest play was the acrobatic, winning touchdown catch by Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, the game's MVP. But the Cardinals' defenders and coaches think back to the plays that led up to it.

After the Steelers took the ball at their own 22-yard line with 2:37 to play, a holding penalty on first down left them facing a first-and-20 at the 12. That's where the Cardinals needed to bottle up the Steelers, but they watched Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger find Holmes for 14 yards on first down and 13 more on third-and-6.

Those completions revived the Steelers. Three plays later, Roethlisberger hit Holmes for 40 yards, giving Pittsburgh a first-and-goal at the Arizona 6.

Two plays later, Roethlisberger hit Holmes in the end zone. The touchdown was upheld on a replay challenge, and the Steelers suddenly led 27-23.

"We were excited about that drive," Davis said. "I knew we were going to stop them. But one or two plays later, you turn around and the scoreboard's got the wrong numbers on it."

The drive officially covered 78 yards -- 88 yards in reality -- in eight plays and 2:02.

Although they knew the Steelers would throw the ball on every down, the Cardinals failed to sack Roethlisberger, who was 5-of-7 passing on the march. Arizona also couldn't corral Holmes, who caught four passes on the drive.

"We didn't finish the way we should have," Cardinals free safety Antrel Rolle said. "It was in our hands. (The defense) was in the perfect call, but we didn't execute the call right."

Six months have passed since the Super Bowl, and a promising new season beckons as the Cardinals practice among the tall pines at their training camp at Northern Arizona University. But the memories of the Steelers' final drive persist.

Unlike Whisenhunt, Davis has watched film of the Super Bowl, and he doesn't want to see it again.

"I don't know if I can stomach it one more time," he said.

Wilson also has reviewed game film and said he has tried to look for ways to improve instead of dwelling on the breakdowns.

"We learned a lot of valuable lessons in that last drive, period, because we did a lot of things wrong," Wilson said. "We didn't play the techniques that we'd been playing throughout the playoffs on that last drive. Whenever the game's on the line like that, you have to buckle down."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

The Lakelander
08-09-2009, 01:16 AM
How bout the Steelers defense's monumental collapse in the 4th Quarter? That was even more sickening.

Preacher
08-09-2009, 01:20 AM
Actually,

I think that was a pretty good article and it seems the Cards are going about it the right way. Good for them.

Galax Steeler
08-09-2009, 07:23 AM
If it had been the other way around it would make me sick to my stomach to watch it. That would be hard to do.

BlastFurnace
08-09-2009, 07:59 AM
If it had been the other way around it would make me sick to my stomach to watch it. That would be hard to do.

I agree. The last drive of the 94 Championship Game is on youtube. 14 years later, I watched it...thinking that time had healed old wounds...it hadn't. Still can't believe we lost that game.

GodofGridiron
08-09-2009, 11:39 AM
Whats the recent trend of SuperBowl runner-ups ?? The runner-up has failed to make the postseason in like 7 of the last 8/9 years ??? They have more things to worry about than a final drive. Seattle will be vastly improved and coaching might make a difference in St Louis and San Fran. These guys arent a lock to even make the playoffs.

Vis
08-09-2009, 11:56 AM
Two words: Oh Donnell

stillers4me
08-09-2009, 12:00 PM
Whiz should take a page from Tomlin's book.......last year was last year.

Thank you again, Dan and Art, for hiring the right coach.

Edman
08-09-2009, 12:13 PM
Super Bowl XXX and the 1994 AFCC still haunts Steeler fans.

Fire Haley
08-09-2009, 01:55 PM
ha ha

The Catch

http://mvred.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/steelers.jpg

http://thebsreport.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/pitt.jpg

LVSteelersfan
08-09-2009, 02:11 PM
Screw the Cardinals. They had no business being in the Super Bowl but got lucky that the better teams in the NFC all blew chunks to let them in. If we could score in the red zone we would have blown them out. They won't even sniff the playoffs this year. They will be the next Seasquawks team that returns to anonymity after a Super Bowl.

devilsdancefloor
08-09-2009, 03:05 PM
Actually,

I think that was a pretty good article and it seems the Cards are going about it the right way. Good for them.

:iagree:

i havent heard a peep about how they where"robbed" by the refs unlike the seahags

The Duke
08-09-2009, 03:58 PM
Whiz should take a page from Tomlin's book.......last year was last year.

Thank you again, Dan and Art, for hiring the right coach.

Definitely

Had the steelers lost that game I'm sure tomlin wouldn't be dwelling in the past, nor would he let his players do it

If anything he would use the loss as motivation

Still I think the cards have the pieces in place to be a contender. I'm sure I would root for them if the steelers weren't in the superbowl

mesaSteeler
08-09-2009, 04:29 PM
:iagree:

i havent heard a peep about how they where"robbed" by the refs unlike the seahags

I have from their ignorant bandwagon fans. However the team, unlike the whining SquealHawks, has behaved with class and dignity. I'm not surprised since so many of the coaches and players are former Steelers.

Of course it helped that the fat senile fool Madden was not whining about "bad" calls against the Cardinals. One of reasons we have to take so much grief over SB 40 was because of the stupid comments of that whining Steeler hating fathead, Madden. I'm so glad he is gone.

steel striker
08-09-2009, 06:28 PM
It really pains me to think back on how we lost to the cryboys in sb xxx. I'm sure the cards as still thinking about that loss. Our grief was simple two bad int's from Neil O. That was one game that I thought we should have won. The cryboys did not play that well and, we beat ourself. Along with the afccg in 94 & 01 which really slipped away from us. Okay I'm done with the past. lol Focus on now!

Vis
08-09-2009, 06:39 PM
Definitely

Had the steelers lost that game I'm sure tomlin wouldn't be dwelling in the past, nor would he let his players do it

l

I would hope they would use the film to teach. Do you really want a coach who doesn't look at the mistakes?

Hot Stuff Nick Sterno
08-09-2009, 07:37 PM
I have from their ignorant bandwagon fans. However the team, unlike the whining SquealHawks, has behaved with class and dignity. I'm not surprised since so many of the coaches and players are former Steelers.


You'll have tools and trolls wherever you look (unfortunately, we've got 'em too). For the most part, Cards fans have stayed classy.

Dino 6 Rings
08-10-2009, 01:01 PM
The begining of the XL Super bowl DVD shows every heart breaking loss felt under Bill Cowher.

Until you lose the AFC at home 3 or 4 times, lose a Super Bowl, you don't know what its like. This one Game for Cardinals fans is all they have to point to as a Heart Break.

Just under Cowher
AFC Title Loss at Home to the Chargers
Super Bowl Loss to the Cowboys (EFFING NEIL)
AFC Title game Loss to the Broncos
AFC Title game Loss to the Patriots
AFC Title game loss to the Patriots

Not to mention the other 4 Playoff Losses.

Those Losses, build our strength as much as any of the Super Bowl wins do.

That is why Steelers Nation lives on.

scsteeler
08-10-2009, 01:49 PM
Whiz should take a page from Tomlin's book.......last year was last year.

Thank you again, Dan and Art, for hiring the right coach.

Yes they did and a lot of people did not think so until we won the Superbowl. I knew it in Tomlin's first year.

Hammer67
08-10-2009, 03:08 PM
Gees did someone post a large picture up there??? RESIZE PLEASE!

Fire Haley
08-10-2009, 06:50 PM
RESIZE PLEASE!

Ban the bitch.
Make me Mod For The Day and I'll straighten this place out.

WindyCitySteelerFan
08-10-2009, 11:20 PM
I'm sorry, I've re-watched the superbowl several times now, we dominated all but one quarter.. I don't see how everyone thinks they were robbed.. They were insignificant for a majority of the game...

stlrtruck
08-11-2009, 09:03 AM
I'm sorry, I've re-watched the superbowl several times now, we dominated all but one quarter.. I don't see how everyone thinks they were robbed.. They were insignificant for a majority of the game...

Actually if you watch the game to purposely watch for the calls the refs made as well as the calls that weren't made, it is easy to see that with all the calls they made, they definitely missed a lot too. What's funny is had they made those calls I don't think the cardinals would have had their one good quarter.