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Pittsburgh was going for its sixth Super Bowl win, which would place it in sole possession of the record for most Super Bowl wins, while the Cardinals were seeking their first league title since and only the second undisputed league championship in their history.
The then-Chicago Cardinals were named the NFL champions in for finishing with the best record, but also because the Pottsville Maroons had been fined and suspended for playing a game against the Notre Dame football team in another NFL franchise's territory.
Chicago Bears. The Cardinals were founded in as an independent amateur team in Chicago. The Cardinals and Steelers played each other twice per season from through , first in the American Conference —52 , then in the Eastern Conference —66 , and finally in the Century Division of the Eastern Conference — Warner started for the St.
Under Tomlin's first season as head coach, the Steelers improved to a 10—6 record in Pittsburgh then finished the season with the second best record in the AFC at 12—4, making the playoffs for the sixth time in the last eight seasons, and went on to earn their seventh Super Bowl trip in franchise history, breaking a three-way tie with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos for second most Super Bowl appearances and most Super Bowl appearances by an AFC team.
The Steelers excelled on defense and led the NFL in fewest points Up front, their line was anchored by defensive end Aaron Smith , who recorded 60 tackles and six sacks.
Pro Bowl linebacker James Farrior was also a big contributor, recording 3. For the fifth year in a row the Steelers offense was led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ,  who finished the season with 3, passing yards and 17 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions.
His top target was the Steelers all-time receiving leader Hines Ward , who recorded his fifth 1,yard season with 81 receptions for 1, yards and seven touchdowns.
Other reliable receiving options included Santonio Holmes 55 receptions for yards , Nate Washington 40 receptions for yards , and tight end Heath Miller 48 receptions for yards.
The Steelers ground game was led by two-time Pro Bowl running back Willie Parker , who had rushed for over 1, yards in each of his previous three seasons.
Injuries in limited him to yards in 11 games, but running back Mewelde Moore proved to be a solid replacement, rushing for yards and catching 40 passes for yards.
It had been a long journey for Arizona to get to their first Super Bowl appearance. After winning the NFL championship in , it would take the team half a century and moves to two different states before they won another postseason game in the season.
And up to this point, they had not returned to the playoffs since then. Under Whisenhunt's first season as head coach, the Cardinals finished with an 8—8 record in Arizona then started out the season strong, winning 7 of their first 10 games.
But then things fell apart as the team lost 4 of their last 6, hitting a low point with a brutal 47—7 loss to the New England Patriots in week Arizona's 34—21 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the following week was just enough for them to finish with a 9—7 record and earn the 4 seed in the playoffs, where they went on to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history, becoming only the second NFL team to do so with nine wins up to that point the New York Giants became the third, winning it all.
One reason for Arizona's success was the re-emergence of year-old quarterback Kurt Warner. Louis Rams starting quarterback in due to a pre-season injury of starter Trent Green.
But in , Warner's production was drastically reduced by injuries and he soon lost his starting job to Marc Bulger. He eventually left the team to join the New York Giants , but once again he lost his starting job replaced by Eli Manning and signed on with the Cardinals in For the third time, Warner lost his starting job due to mediocre performances and injuries.
After the season, Arizona selected Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Matt Leinart with their first round draft pick. This, combined with another mediocre performance in the season, appeared to severely limit Warner's chances of ever being a permanent starter on the team.
However, early in the season, Warner was thrust into the starting lineup to replace an injured Leinart, and by the end of the team's season, he had re-emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the league, throwing 27 touchdown passes with a passer rating of With his starting job on the team more secure, Warner posted one of his best seasons in , throwing for 4, yards and 30 touchdowns, with only 14 interceptions, giving him an NFC-best His top targets were receivers Larry Fitzgerald 96 receptions, 1, yards, 12 touchdowns , Anquan Boldin 89 receptions, 1, yards, 11 touchdowns , and Steve Breaston 77 receptions, 1, yards, three touchdowns, special teams return yards , who made the Cardinals the fifth team ever to feature three players with over 1, receiving yards.
James led the team with yards, while Hightower rushed for and scored 10 touchdowns. He was also a reliable target out of the backfield, catching 34 passes for another yards.
Overall, Arizona's offense ranked fourth in yards per game The Cardinals defense, however, had played inconsistently during the regular season, ranking just 28th in points allowed.
Up front their line was anchored by defensive lineman Bertrand Berry , who recorded five sacks and forced two fumbles, along with tackle Darnell Dockett , known for his ability to blow up running plays.
Linebacker Karlos Dansby was also a solid contributor, recording four sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles, while also leading the team with tackles.
The Cardinals secondary was led by rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie who led the team with four interceptions and Pro Bowl safety Adrian Wilson fourth on the team in tackles, Pittsburgh began their Super Bowl run with a 35—24 win over the fourth-seeded San Diego Chargers , gaining yards, avoiding any turnovers, holding the ball for including for in the third quarter alone, an NFL record for a single quarter , and scoring a touchdown in every quarter.
Also, Parker appeared to be fully recovered from his regular season injuries, as evidenced by his career postseason high yard, two-touchdown performance against the Chargers.
Arizona advanced to the Super Bowl by beating the fifth-seeded Atlanta Falcons 30—24, the second-seeded Carolina Panthers , 33—13, and the sixth-seeded Philadelphia Eagles 32—25 in the NFC Championship Game , winning more playoff games than the team had won in the last sixty years.
Warner played exceptionally well in those games, throwing for a total of yards and eight touchdowns, with only two interceptions, giving him a rating of The Cardinals also got a big performance out of Larry Fitzgerald , who caught 23 passes for a postseason record yards and five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Arizona's 28th-ranked defense showed major improvement in the postseason, forcing twelve turnovers in their three games.
This included five interceptions and one fumble from Carolina's Pro Bowl quarterback Jake Delhomme in the divisional round.
In addition, they would become the first team to advance to the Super Bowl as both a division winner and a No. The Baltimore Ravens were the last No.
Personnel from over 20 different federal agencies were on site to assist in protecting players and fans. Pittsburgh entered the game as seven-point favorites over Arizona.
Arizona wore their red jerseys, which it has done at home since moving into University of Phoenix Stadium in after predominantly wearing their white jerseys at home for their first 18 years in Arizona to combat the intense heat of September and October.
As a result, the Steelers wore white jerseys for their second consecutive Super Bowl. The other two times the team wore white was as the "visiting team" against the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX during a time when the designated "home" team was required to wear their team-colored jerseys and against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL despite being the "home team" that season but having road success in the playoffs.
In addition, teams wearing white jerseys in the Super Bowl extended their winning streak to five games, dating back to Super Bowl XXXIX , currently the longest such streak between white and team colored jerseys in Super Bowl history.
McHugh, who had spent the past three seasons with the Detroit Lions , made that team's man roster at the end of the preseason, only to be released 24 hours later alongside linebacker Anthony Cannon in order for the Lions to make room for linebacker Ryan Nece and running back Marcus Thomas.
The subsequent media attention surrounding McHugh had to do with him being deemed not good enough for the Lions a team that would finish 0—16 , the NFL's first winless season since the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers , but good enough for a Super Bowl team such as the Steelers and being a valuable blocker for Ben Roethlisberger and Willie Parker.
McHugh would play in the Super Bowl as a blocker, much like his regular season role. With all the cutbacks resulting from the severe economic downturn in the United States, the game was dubbed "The Recession Bowl.
Play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and color commentator John Madden were in the booth, with Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan serving as sideline reporters.
The pre-game show—a record five hours long—was hosted by the Football Night in America team headed by Bob Costas , and preceded by a two-hour special edition of Today hosted by the regular weekday team live from Tampa and the NFL Films —produced Road to the Super Bowl.
Matt Millen was part of the coverage as a studio analyst. The Today contribution included portions of a taped interview with President Obama and pictures of troops viewing the proceedings in Iraq.
John Madden became the first person to have announced a Super Bowl for all of the four major U. This would prove to be the final game Madden would call, as he announced his retirement from broadcasting on April 16, The Super Bowl was one of two major professional sports championship series NBC broadcast in , as they would also broadcast the Stanley Cup Finals.
Both championship series involved teams from Pittsburgh winning championships. The transition, originally scheduled for February 17 was pushed back to June 12, the same day the Penguins won the Stanley Cup.
With an average U. The telecast drew a In Tucson, Arizona and surrounding areas, the analog but not digital feed of the cable service from Comcast was interrupted by an unknown party, when 30 seconds from Playboy Enterprises -owned adult cable television channel Shorteez was broadcast to homes just after Larry Fitzgerald scored his fourth-quarter touchdown to give the Cardinals a 23—20 lead.
Minutes before this occurred, 10 seconds of an end-credit segment from ClubJenna , another Playboy-owned channel, was shown.
The telecast was also carried to U. None of the " Big Three " U. A short trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen premiered during the Super Bowl, a debut which director Michael Bay first revealed would occur in January.
However, with the weak economy, NBC was thought to have turned to companies already buying ad time for an additional purchase or two as set by the Los Angeles-based Forza Migliozzi agency, which would have eight advertisers simultaneously in one second ad.
About million "ColorCode 3-D" glasses were given away at grocery stores across the country for the ad. YouTube 's top five in "Ad Blitz " also saw the two Doritos ads finish first and fifth.
An international feed featured Bob Papa and Sterling Sharpe announcing, and was seen in countries including Antarctica over 61 networks and 34 languages.
On radio, Westwood One had the national English-language broadcast rights to the game in the United States and Canada.
It was only made available to local affiliates as part of a game package of regular season and post-season games. Stations were not allowed to stream the broadcast on their web sites.
Journey and the Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats performed during the pre-game show, while Jennifer Hudson sang " The Star-Spangled Banner " arranged by Chris Walden in her first public appearance since the murder of her nephew, brother and mother.
John Legend performed a short concert several hours before the game, while Faith Hill performed " America the Beautiful " prior to Hudson's performance of the national anthem.
Also, the crew of US Airways Flight were recognized on field for their actions. General David Petraeus performed the actual coin toss. The Steelers called tails, but it landed on heads, so the Cardinals won the toss.
Arizona deferred their choice to the second half, and the Steelers chose to receive, making it the first time in Super Bowl history that the coin toss winner kicked off to start the game.
The NFL had just changed the rule before the start of the season allowing the team that wins the coin toss to defer the choice to the second half, similar to that in college football and Canadian football.
Coincidentally, Namath—a native of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania , near Pittsburgh—ultimately handed the trophy to his hometown team.
Each of the numbers had at least one verse removed, in order to fit the overall performance in the intended minute time limit. Among its exclusive content included having most of the features in high-definition video as well as the NFL on Fox fourth-quarter coverage of the Steelers matchup against the Dallas Cowboys at Heinz Field in its entirety.
Pittsburgh took the opening kickoff and moved down the field on a yard scoring drive, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing a yard pass to wide receiver Hines Ward and a yard strike to Heath Miller , putting the ball at the Arizona 1-yard line.
On third down, Roethlisberger appeared to score on a quarterback scramble, but it was overruled by a replay challenge, which determined that he was down before the ball crossed the goal line.
Rather than make another attempt at a touchdown, Pittsburgh settled for a Jeff Reed yard field goal to take the 3—0 lead. The Steelers quickly forced an Arizona punt and then drove back down the field for what would turn into more points.
On the first play of their drive, Roethlisberger completed a yard pass to Santonio Holmes. Following three more completions to Miller for 26 yards and another one to Holmes for 7, reserve running back Gary Russell went into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown run to make the score 10—0 on the second play of the second quarter.
On defense, Pittsburgh held Arizona to just one drive and one first down in the first quarter, while gaining yards. The Cardinals got going for the first time midway through the second quarter as a yard completion from Kurt Warner to Anquan Boldin moved the ball to the Steelers' 1-yard line.
On the next play, Warner nearly fell over after taking the snap, but he regained his balance and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Patrick.
After an exchange of punts, Roethlisberger threw a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by linebacker Karlos Dansby at the Steelers yard line with left in the half.
Seven plays later, the Cardinals drove to a first down on the Pittsburgh 1-yard line. But with 18 seconds left, Warner's pass intended for Boldin was intercepted at the goal line by linebacker James Harrison , who then took off down the sideline for the then-longest play in Super Bowl history having since been passed by Jacoby Jones ' yard kickoff return in Super Bowl XLVII , a yard return for a touchdown, increasing the Steelers' lead to 17—7 at halftime.
Harrison faked a blitz and quietly moved into coverage to pick off Warner's pass. A booth review was called to verify that Harrison had broken the plane, as he was tackled at the goal line, and the ruling stood.
After forcing a punt, the Steelers started off the third quarter with another long scoring drive. Aided by three personal foul penalties against Arizona, they moved the ball 79 yards in 14 plays and took off the clock.
However, they were unable to get into the end zone, despite two first downs inside the Cardinals 10 a penalty against Arizona on a Steelers field goal attempt gave them another chance , and they had to settle for another Reed field goal to give them a point lead, 20—7.
After a few more punts, Warner led the Cardinals down the field on an eight-play, yard scoring drive that took off the clock, utilizing a no huddle offense.
With left in the game, Warner threw a fade pass to Fitzgerald, who made a leaping catch through tight coverage by Ike Taylor for a touchdown, making the score 20— Later on, Ben Graham 's yard punt pinned the Steelers back at their own 1-yard line.
Two plays later on third down and 10, Roethlisberger threw a yard pass to Holmes, but center Justin Hartwig was called for holding in the end zone, which not only nullified the catch, but gave the Cardinals a safety , raising the score to 20— Steelers coach Mike Tomlin later stated that losing the two points didn't faze him, as it did not change how the Steelers called plays for the rest of the game on either defense or offense.
Taking over on their own 36 after the free kick, Arizona took two plays to score, as Warner threw a pass to Fitzgerald on a post route.
Fitzgerald caught the ball without breaking stride and took off down the middle of the field past the Steelers secondary for a yard touchdown reception, giving Arizona their first lead of the game, 23— Pittsburgh got the ball back on their own yard line with left in the game and two timeouts remaining.
On their first play, a holding penalty pushed them back 10 yards. Roethlisberger then completed a pass to Holmes for 14 yards.
After an incompletion, Roethlisberger threw it to Holmes again for a first down. An yard reception by Nate Washington followed, and a 4-yard run by Roethlisberger forced the Steelers to burn their first timeout.
On the very next play, he completed a pass to Holmes, who took it 40 yards to the Cardinals' 6-yard line after safety Aaron Francisco fell down.
Two plays later, Roethlisberger found Mewelde Moore covered in the flat, then Ward covered. He looked and then threw to Holmes, who ran a flag route in the right corner.
Holmes caught the pass in the back corner of the end zone for a touchdown, managing to land with his toes inbounds before falling out of bounds.
Reed's ensuing extra point put the Steelers in front 27—23 with 35 seconds remaining. Following the ensuing kickoff, Warner completed a yard pass to Fitzgerald and a yarder to J.
Arrington , moving the ball to the Steelers With 15 seconds left, Warner prepared to attempt a Hail Mary pass , but linebacker LaMarr Woodley forced a fumble while sacking Warner.
Defensive end Brett Keisel recovered the fumble, giving the ball back to Pittsburgh with five seconds left.
Many viewers assumed that the play had not been reviewed for a possible incomplete pass, but NFL Head of Officiating Mike Pereira later explained that it actually was reviewed, unnoticed by the public: "We confirmed it was a fumble.
The replay assistant in the replay booth saw it was clearly a fumble. The ball got knocked loose and was rolling in his hand before it started forward.
He has to have total control. Warner completed 31 of 43 passes for yards and three touchdowns, with one interception.
Warner passed Joe Montana for most career yards in Super Bowl history with 1, Montana threw for 1, yards in four games until Tom Brady went to his record-setting seventh Super Bowl where he his total of 2, is nearly 1, more yards than Warner.
He also became the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to have a pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown in two different Super Bowls and is also the second quarterback to throw a fourth-quarter touchdown in three different Super Bowls Terry Bradshaw threw a fourth-quarter touchdown in all four of his Super Bowls.
Warner's top target was Fitzgerald, who caught seven passes for yards and two touchdowns. Fitzgerald set a single-postseason record with seven touchdown receptions, passing Jerry Rice , who had six in the postseason.
Fitzgerald as well as Holmes each had yards receiving, marking the fourth time in Super Bowl history, one player from each team had over yards in a Super Bowl.
Roethlisberger completed 21 of 30 passes for yards and a touchdown, with one interception. Woodley had two sacks and a forced fumble, thus he continued setting NFL play-off records for consecutive multiple sack games by a player with 4.
Harrison's yard interception return is still the longest interception return in Super Bowl history.
With this victory, the Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls in the same state. Sources: NFL. The officials for the game were: .
In Pittsburgh, mostly in the South Side and Oakland neighborhoods , riots broke out on the streets after the Steelers' victory.
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Arrington 1 0 0 0 0. Sporting News. Things looked bleak for the Cardinals from the beginning. The Vikings began their first quarter attack with an yard punt return for a TD by Bernard Berrian.
Two turnovers for the Cardinals, Kurt Warner interception and an Anquan Boldin fumble, would lead to two touchdown passes from Tarvaris Jackson , a yard pass to Berrian and a yard pass to Sidney Rice.
The Cardinals would rally to cut the lead in half with a Jerheme Urban yard TD catch and a field goal blocked by Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and recovered by Roderick Hood , who returned it 68 yards for a touchdown.
Kurt Warner was benched on the Cardinals last drive in the fourth quarter via a coaching decision.
Hoping to rebound from their home loss to the Vikings, the Cardinals flew to Gillette Stadium for a Week 16 interconference duel with the New England Patriots.
Arizona would trail early in the first quarter as Patriots running back LaMont Jordan got a one-yard and a three-yard touchdown run.
The Cardinals' east coast struggles continued in the second quarter as quarterback Matt Cassel completed a yard touchdown pass to running back Kevin Faulk and an yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Wes Welker , followed by kicker Stephen Gostkowski 's yard field goal.
In the third quarter, Arizona's deficit continued to climb as Cassel completed a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Randy Moss , followed by Gostkowski's and yard field goal.
In the fourth quarter, New England concluded its domination with Gostkowski's yard field goal. The Cardinals would then get a meaningless touchdown as quarterback Matt Leinart completed a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Arizona would trail early in the first quarter as Seahawks running back T. Duckett got a one-yard touchdown run. The Cardinals would respond in the second quarter with quarterback Kurt Warner completing a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerheme Urban and a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Seattle would tie the game at halftime with quarterback Seneca Wallace completing a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deion Branch.
Arizona would regain the lead in the third quarter as Warner completed a yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald and a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Breaston.
Seattle tried to rally in the fourth quarter as Wallace completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Branch, yet the Cardinals would close out the game with kicker Neil Rackers nailing a and a yard field goal.
With the win, the Cardinals closed out the regular season at 9—7, and swept the NFC West for the first time in franchise history.
The Cardinals sent a total of 5 players to the Pro Bowl. On defense, Adrian Wilson went as one of the conference's defensive backs. Sean Morey would be start on special teams.
This is arguably the most successful season in modern Cardinals history. Entering the playoffs at the NFC's fourth seed, the Cardinals began their playoff run at home against the 5 Atlanta Falcons , in their first home playoff game since Arizona got the early lead in the first quarter as quarterback Kurt Warner completed a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
The Falcons responded with kicker Jason Elam 's yard field goal, yet the Cardinals struck right back as Warner completed a yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.
Boldin pulled his hamstring running down the sideline and did not return. Atlanta took the halftime lead with running back Michael Turner getting a seven-yard touchdown run, followed by quarterback Matt Ryan completing a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Justin Peelle following a Kurt Warner interception.
Arizona regained the lead in the third quarter as safety Antrel Rolle returned a Turner fumble 27 yards for a touchdown, while rookie running back Tim Hightower got a four-yard touchdown run.
The Cardinals increased their lead in the fourth quarter as defensive end Antonio Smith sacked Ryan in his own endzone for a safety.
The Falcons tried to come back as Ryan completed a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Roddy White , yet Arizona's offense drained any second that Atlanta needed to rally.
The Cardinals ended any chance the Falcons had for a comeback when Kurt Warner hooked up with tight end Stephen Spach for 23 yards on a third and sixteen with left in the game.
The Panthers came in 8—0 at home and the Cardinals were 0—5 on the East Coast. Arizona would trail early in the first quarter as Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart scored on a nine-yard touchdown run.
The Cardinals would respond with quarterback Kurt Warner completing a three-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Tim Hightower , followed by running back Edgerrin James ' four-yard touchdown run.
In the second quarter, Arizona took control as kicker Neil Rackers made a yard and then a yard field goal, followed by Warner's yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
The Cardinals would add onto their lead in the third quarter as Rackers made a yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, Arizona would end its dominating night with Rackers nailing a yard field goal.
Carolina would end the game's scoring with quarterback Jake Delhomme 's eight-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Smith with a failed two-point conversion.
With this upset win, not only did the Cardinals improve their overall record to 11—7, but they also advanced to their first NFC Championship Game in franchise history.
Arizona's defense forced Delhomme into six turnovers five interceptions and one fumble , along with holding the Panthers' running back duo of Williams and Stewart to 74 combined rushing yards.
Fitzgerald 8 receptions and a touchdown would set a franchise postseason record with receiving yards. Anquan Boldin did not play due to a hamstring injury, but Fitzgerald was able to make up the difference.
With the win the Cardinals moved to 11—7. The Cardinals also won their first game on the East Coast this season. Coming off their east-coast divisional road win over the Panthers, the Cardinals went home for the NFC Championship Game against the 6 Philadelphia Eagles , who were coming off their victory over the 1 New York Giants , in a rematch of their Thanksgiving game.
Arizona capped off the game's opening kickoff with a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kurt Warner to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
The Eagles responded with kicker David Akers making a yard field goal. With the score at 7—3, Akers missed a yard field goal attempt, the first he missed in his last 20 attempts in the postseason, an NFL Record.
The Cardinals answered in the second quarter as Warner hooked up with Fitzgerald again on a flea-flicker, Warner to Arrington, back to Warner, who threw it to Fitzgerald for a yard TD pass.
Philadelphia struck back as Akers made a yard field goal, but Arizona closed out the half with Warner's one-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald and kicker Neil Rackers ' yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to make the score 24—6.
The Eagles began to rally in the third quarter as quarterback Donovan McNabb completed a six-yard and a yard touchdown pass to tight end Brent Celek with a failed PAT on the latter touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Philadelphia took the lead on yard touchdown pass from McNabb to rookie wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
The Eagles went for the two-point conversion, hoping for a three-point lead, but failed, leaving the score 25— However, the Cardinals regained the lead when Warner completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to rookie running back Tim Hightower and a successful two-point conversion pass by Warner to tight end Ben Patrick.
The Arizona defense was able to prevent Philadelphia from making a comeback, as the Eagles drove to the Arizona 47, but then McNabb threw four straight incompletions to turn the ball over on downs.
The Cardinals went three and out on the next possession, giving the Eagles only seven seconds in the game, but the Eagles were unable to score on a yard hook and ladder play after McNabb completed to Jackson, who attempted to lateral, but the lateral was picked off by defensive lineman Darnell Dockett.
The Cardinals improved their overall record to 12—7, and also won their first National Football Conference crown, allowing them to advance to their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.
They became the first team since the Los Angeles Rams to finish the regular season with 9 wins and make it to the Super Bowl. Fitzgerald had a stellar performance with yards and three of Arizona's four touchdowns and setting a new postseason record with receiving yards, surpassing the prior record set by Jerry Rice in Arizona would trail early in the first quarter as Steelers kicker Jeff Reed got an yard field goal.
The Steelers would add onto their lead as running back Gary Russell got a one-yard touchdown run. The Cardinals would answer with quarterback Kurt Warner completing a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Patrick.
Arizona came close to scoring again nearing the end of the half, but Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison returned an interception yards for a touchdown.
The Steelers would increase their lead in the third quarter as Reed nailed a yard field goal. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals would take the lead as Warner completed a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald , Steelers center Justin Hartwig being called for holding in his own endzone giving Arizona a safety , and Warner hooking up with Fitzgerald again on a yard touchdown pass.
However, Pittsburgh responded with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completing a six-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Santonio Holmes.
The Cardinals tried to come back, but the Steelers' defense forced a fumble to seal the win. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Drive: 1 play, 69 yards, Cardinals 14—0. Drive: 8 plays, 94 yards, Cardinals 17—0. Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards, Cardinals 24—0. Drive: 10 plays, 69 yards, MIA — Dan Carpenter yard field goal, Cardinals 24—3.
Drive: 11 plays, 58 yards, Cardinals 31—3. Drive: 8 plays, 81 yards, Cardinals 31— Drive: 18 plays, 90 yards, Redskins 7—0. Redskins 10—0.
Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, Redskins 10—7. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, Drive: 15 plays, 50 yards, Redskins 17— Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, Tied 17— Drive: 3 plays, 85 yards, Redskins 24— Drive: 2 plays, 15 yards, Jets 7—0.
Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards, Jets 14—0. Jets 21—0. Drive: 4 plays, 83 yards, NYJ — Jay Feely yard field goal, Jets 24—0. Drive: 8 plays, 16 yards, Jets 31—0.
Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, Jets 34—0. Drive: 1 play, 0 yards, Jets 34—7. Drive: 6 plays, 68 yards, Jets 34— Drive: 13 plays, 86 yards, ARI — Tim Hightower 1-yard run pass failed , Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, Jets 41— Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, Drive: 6 plays, 62 yards, Jets 48— Drive: 4 plays, 49 yards, Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, Jets 56— Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, Losman Rian Lindell kick , Cardinals 14—7.
Drive: 3 plays, 83 yards, Cardinals 21—7. Drive: 12 plays, 70 yards, BUF — J. Losman 2-yard run Rian Lindell kick , Cardinals 21— Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, Cardinals 24— Drive: 9 plays, 44 yards, Drive: 5 plays, 26 yards, Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards, Cardinals 34— Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, Cardinals 41— Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, Top passers BUF — J.
First quarter ARI — J. Arrington yard kick return Neil Rackers kick , Tied 7—7. Drive: 7 plays, 90 yards, Cowboys 14—7.
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards, Tied 14— Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, Drive: 8 plays, 89 yards, Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards, Drive: 4 plays, 77 yards, DAL — Nick Folk yard field goal, Tied 24— Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, Patriots 7—0.
Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, Patriots 14—0. Drive: 7 plays, 55 yards, Patriots 21—0. Drive: 4 plays, 50 yards, Patriots 28—0.
Drive: 12 plays, 69 yards, NE — Stephen Gostkowski yard field goal, Patriots 31—0. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, Patriots 38—0.
Drive: 1 play, 76 yards, Patriots 41—0. Drive: 11 plays, 52 yards, Patriots 44—0. Drive: 11 plays, 32 yards, Fourth quarter NE — Stephen Gostkowski yard field goal, Patriots 47—0.
Drive: 5 plays, -2 yards, Patriots 47—7. Drive: 2 plays, 71 yards,