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Pittsburgh Steelers 2009 Super Bowl Champions

by Steve Hastings on Sunday, February 1st, 2009

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the 2009 Super Bowl Champions after defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27-24 making it the first franchise in NFL history to win six titles.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl.  Santonio Holmes was named the 2009 Super Bowl MVP.

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The NFC has won the coin toss 11 years in a row and just like roulette, the odds don’t change, the NFC won the coin toss! The visiting team Steelers called tails and it landed on heads and the Cardinals opted to punt.

The Pittsburgh Steelers came out strong scoring a field goal and two touchdowns while the Cardinals struggled in the first quarter but managed to put up 7 points and almost a second touchdown in the last 30 seconds of the game.

Ben Rothenberger said it best at the start of the game, “Nobody remembers who losses!” The Steelers came out strong in the opening drive, scoring a field goal in the first five minutes of the game. In the second play of the game, Ben connected to Hines Ward for 38 yards. Three plays later they had first and goal. The Cards defense came alive for a few plays but could not stop Ben on 3rd and goal as he plowed his way into the end zone just like a fullback. The Cardinals challenged that he was down before the line and won. Tomlin decided to kick the field goal to take the early 3-0 lead.

Warner came out firing in Arizona’s first drive but could not get much going completing 1 for 2 for 10 yards. After a 10-yard holding penalty, the Cardinals had to punt the ball on 4th and long.

During the Steelers second possession, Ben continued his dominance backed by some serious confidence driving the ball all the way to the end zone to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead at the start of the second quarter.

On the Cardinals second possession, Warner got in a groove getting several first downs. Then he connected with Anquan Boldin for the first time in the game for 45 yards. Warner then hit tight end Ben Patrick for the touchdown. It was an 83 yard drive!

The Cardinals forced the Steelers to punt on the Steelers next drive and Preston ran it back for 35 yards. But after a penalty and sack they were forced to punt on 4th and 22.

On the Steelers first set of downs, the Cardinals defense Robinson tipped the ball and Gibbons intercepted it! As the Cardinals charged towards the end zone, on the first and goal James Harrison, defensive player of the year, intercepted the ball in the end zone and ran it back for a touchdown. It was the longest run in Super Bowl history, 101 yards!

To begin the second half, the Arizona Cardinals were on the receiving side. They came out strong driving getting several first downs. Around the fifty yard line, the Cardinals got ruled for a fumble and after they challenged the play, couch Tomlin won his second challenge as the play was ruled an incomplete pass. They punted the ball to the Steelers.

The Steelers started back behind the twenty yard line and starting driving, all the way to the red zone but ended settling with a field goal. After a touchback, Warner started his drive at the twenty yard line and couldn’t get much going, settling for a short punt. The Steelers started their drive with great field position but were stopped by the Cardinals fired up defense.  

The Cardinals started their drive with great urgency and quickly drove down the field to the red zone. Fitzgerald went up in the end zone to bring in the Warner lob for a touchdown! It was an 87 yard drive in less than 3 minutes! Steelers were still winning 20-14.

The Cardinals defense continued their mission sacking Ben and holding them to punt it back with less than 6 minutes left in the game.

The Cardinals came back out driving hard, but got stopped at around the 40 yard line and ended punting and pinning the Steelers 1 yard line after a penalty. The Cardinals defense held the Steelers to a safety after a foul accord in the end zone. It was the first safety in a Super Bowl since Super Bowl 25.   

On the next Arizona drive, Larry Fitzgerald caught a slant pass in the middle and ran it into the end zone to give the Cardinals a 23-20 lead, their first lead in the game.

With less than 3 minutes, the pressure was now on Ben. He stepped in and started driving. With less than a minute, Holmes completed a huge 2nd down play to take the ball to the 7 yard line. Now it was up to the stellar Cardinals defense to hold them to a field goal but it was Holmes again who made an incredible catch, keeping both feet inbounds and to return the lead to the Steelers 27-23.

The Cardinals and Kurt Warner then had 35 seconds to drive for a touchdown. After driving to the fifty yard line or so, Warner fumbled the ball to the Steelers defense. Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII 27-23! Expert NFL capper Mike Jones from 1800-Sports predicted the Steelers winning by 4 points, 24-20. He hit the point spread and money line but not the under. “This was one of the most exciting Super Bowls I ever seen! It was non-stop action from the first play of the game to the last, just like I predicted!”

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