SNUK at Super Bowl XLIII

BannerWhen the Steelers made the Super Bowl in the 2008 season, it was after two tough playoff games against the Chargers (35-24) and a Championship game against the Ravens (23-14).

Pittsburgh faced an Arizona team that was coached by former offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald was second in the league with 1,431 receiving yards and joint top receiving touchdown scorer (12).

In the game, the Steelers took a ten-point lead with reliable Jeff Reed’s 18-yard field goal and then a touchdown run from Gary Russell who rammed it over from 1-yard. Russell had been added to the Steelers roster after an injury to Rashard Mendenhall. He was released by the Steelers the following April.

After the Cardinals hit back with a touchdown, they were pressing again just before the half, but James Harrison’s memorable interception that he returned 100 yards gave the Steelers a 17-7 lead instead of a potential four points deficit.

Arizona then went on the rampage, scoring 16 consecutive points, including Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown reception to take the lead, with 2:37 remaining. Steeler fans finger nails were down to the bone before Ben came to the rescue again.

Ben led his team 78 yards in two minutes finishing with a 6-yard touchdown throw to Santonio Holmes. I was at the other end from the touchdown and with no replays on the screens inside the stadium, it was a very long minute before the score and the victory were confirmed.

Holmes was named the Super Bowl MVP for his nine catches for 131 yards including the game winning touchdown.

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