Santonio Holmes reeled in a seven-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds left to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 27-23 victory and a second world championship in four years for Steeler Nation.
Holmes, who was named Super Bowl MVP, caught nine passes for 131 yards and the game-clinching touchdown.
The NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals appeared to have Super Bowl XLIII in hand when Larry Fitzgerald scored on a 64-yard touchdown pass to give Arizona their first lead in the game. Unfortunately for 'Zona, there was 2:37 left for Ben Roethlisberger to lead the Steelers on their game-winning drive.
"Big Ben" led the Steelers on an eight play, 78-yard drive that was set up by a 40-yard pass completion to Holmes. Roethlisberger finished 21/30, passing for 256 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Kurt Warner never quit, even to the final whistle. Down 20-7, Warner, the Super Bowl XXXIV MVP, helped the Cards score 16-unanswered points to take a narrow, three-point advantage. Warner threw for 377 yards, three scores and one interception.
Fitzgerald, who scored a playoff-record seven touchdowns, had seven catches for 127 yards and two scores, and Anquan Boldin, who missed the one game in the playoffs due to injury, caught eight balls for 84 yards, including a 45 yard reception.
It was an amazing game, and might be considered one of the best finishes ever, but the fact remain the Pittsburgh Steelers are World Champions.
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