TAMPA, FL (KWWL) -- In one of the greastest Super Bowl finishes in recent history, the Steelers held off a Cardinal comeback.
The Cardinals won the coin toss, but deferred and Pittsburgh took the opening kick-off. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led an impressive first drive down to the Cardinal goal line. Roethlisberger ran the ball in for what appeared to be a touchdown, but the Cardinals challenged.
A replay showed Roethlisberger was down before the ball crossed the goal line and the Steelers settled for a field goal and led 3-0.
Arizona's high-powered offense didn't do much in the first quarter running only 5 plays.
Pittsburgh scored again early in the second quarter on a Gary Russell 1-yard touchdown run.
Down 10-0, the Cardinals offense woke up in the second quarter sparked by a 45-yard pass from Kurt Warner to Anquon Boldin. Kurt Warner then hit tight end Ben Patrick for a touchdown.
The Cardinal defense got the game's first turnover intercepting a Ben Roethlisberger pass late in the second quarter. Kurt Warner marched the Cardinals down to the Pittsburgh 2-yard line.
Pittsburgh then intercepted Kurt Warner at the goal line. Linebacker James Harrison, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year, returned the interception 100-yards for a touchdown. The longest play in Super Bowl history.
Penalties plagued the Cardinal defense in the third quarter. Three critical penalities kept Steeler drives alive. Veteran Cardinal safety Adrian Wilson was flagged for running over the Pittsburgh placeholder on a Jeff Reed field goal attempt.
Despite the penalty that gave Pittsburgh a 1st and goal, the Cardinal defense held the Steeler offense with a solid goal line stand. Jeff Reed kicked a 23-yard field goal for a 20-7 lead.
The Cardinals cut into the lead in the 4th quarter with a quick 86-yard drive that took less than 3:00. Kurt Warner connected with Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown to trim the Pittsburgh lead to 20-14.
The Cardinal defense put the pressure on the Pittsburgh offensive pinning them near the goal line after a punt. A Steelers offensive holding penalty in the end zone gave the Cardinals a safety and cut the Pittsburgh lead 20-16.
The Cardinals struck quick after a free kick as Kurt Warner hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 55-yard touchdown to take the first Cardinal lead of the Game 23-20.
Ben Roethlisberger wasted no time driving the Steelers back into Cardinal territory. With under 1:00 left in the game, Roethlisberger connected with Santonio Holmes for a touchdown. The Steelers took a 27-23 lead with :33 seconds left in the game.
Warner started a Cardinal drive but fumbled the ball with under :10 left and the Steelers recovered for a Super Bowl victory.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes was the Super Bowl MVP.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, 32, becomes the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
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