Cardinals-Steelers: Super Bowl Recap

Cotey BelliveauContributor IFebruary 2, 2009

Did anyone not watch the Super Bowl on Sunday? Yeah didn't think so. About an estimated 95.4 million people were watching, which is second only to last year’s showdown between the Giants and Patriots. (I could have been happier with last year's result as well.)

So for the Steelers, it all worked out well. They became the first team in NFL history to win six Super Bowl titles. Mike Tomlin, at age 36, became the youngest coach to ever win a Super Bowl. Santonio Holmes received MVP honors, and Big Ben won his second Championship in the last four seasons.

 This game was back and forth throughout the night. The first score of the game came on a Jeff Reed 18-yard field goal. That was the only score of the first quarter.

The first touchdown of the night came at the beginning of the second quarter on a 1 yard touchdown run by Gary Russel, Which made it 10-0 Steelers. The Cardinals struck right back with a 1 yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Ben Patrick.

You know the saying "Defense wins Championships"? Well the Steelers showed why their defense was ranked first in the league in almost every defensive category. Running out the half Warner threw an interception to James Harrison, of all people, who ran it back 100 yards for the score. This was the longest play ever in Super Bowl history.

The only score in the third quarter was a 21-yard field goal which put the Steelers up 20-7. Just when the Steelers thought they had the game shutdown, they almost let it slip away.

About halfway through the fourth quarter of the game Larry Fitzgerald ended catch drought and caught a one-yard touchdown pass. This is where Fitzgerald really started to come up big.

It really started to get interesting when the clock went down below three minutes, and it was a long three minutes. At their own goal line Willie Parker had been stopped in his own end zone for a safety. This put the score at 20-16.

With no time to waste Fitzgerald caught a 64 yard bomb from Kurt Warner for a touchdown, giving the Cardinals the lead for the first time in the game, 23-20.

Arizona knew to win this game; their defense would have to stop Big Ben and Santonio Holmes who had been connecting all night long. But with only 35 seconds left in the game Santonio Holmes caught a six-yard pass from Roethlisberger.

As Arizona's final attempts to pull off a Hail Mary play failed, the Steelers had won the game 27-23.

Kurt Warner who was previously 8-2 in postseason play, threw for 377 yards (second only to his previous record of 414 in Super Bowl 34) with three touchdowns and one interception. Fitzgerald led all Cardinals wide receivers with seven receptions for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

For the Steelers, Roethlisberger threw for 256 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Wille Parker had 19 carries for 53 yards.

Santonio Holmes, who won Super Bowl MVP honors, had nine receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown.

One big factor in this game was the penalties. Arizona had 106 penalty yards and Pittsburgh only had 56. It is definitely possible that the game could have had a different outcome if the Cardinals didn't get so many penalties. If you ask me, that's what really killed them throughout the game. I believe that the game could have been called a little better.

All in all, even though I was rooting for the Cardinals to win, thought it was a very fun and exciting game to watch.

If anyone has any thoughts or stories they would like share on the Super Bowl, Feel free to comment or post it on my bulletin board. I'd love to hear what everyone else has to say.