By a score of 27–23, the Steelers beat the Cardinals. The game took place on February 1, 2009, at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The victory gave Pittsburgh its third Super Bowl championship and its first since 1999.
The Steeler's offense was held to just 10 points until late in the fourth quarter when they scored 21 straight points to take control of the game. Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as he became the first quarterback to win three Super Bowls. He also broke several records along the way including most career touchdown passes (55) and most postseason touchdown passes (10).
The Cardinal's defense allowed 24 points in the second half but came up with two huge stops in the final minute of the game. In fact, they prevented the Steelers from getting into field goal range on their final two drives of the game. This led to Roethlisberger being replaced by Byron Leftwich with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Leftwich completed all four of his pass attempts for 58 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The Steelers ended up settling for a 43-yard field goal by Jeff Reed that won the game by one point. This is the closest any Super Bowl has ever been decided by only one point!
The XLII Super Bowl On Sunday, February 1, 2009, in Tampa, Fla., the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII. The game was played before a crowd of 108,112 at Raymond James Stadium.
The Steelers entered the season as heavy favorites to win their third straight Super Bowl title, but they began to have health issues that would end up ruining their season. Center Mike Webster died in March after suffering from brain damage caused by repeated blows to the head. Linebacker Jack Lambert suffered a stroke during the season and didn't return to play. Running back Jerome Bettis left the game in the first quarter with an injury and never returned. Only Hines Ward (11 catches, 122 yards) and Plaxico Burress (6 catches, 91 yards) had more than one touchdown catch this year. The Steelers finished with 16 players on their roster, including eight on injured reserve.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals started off strong by winning their first seven games before losing 26-21 at home to San Diego in Week 9. Quarterback Matt Leinart was injured during that game and missed the rest of the season. Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett also missed most of the season after breaking his leg early in a 24-7 victory over Jacksonville on Sept. 23.
Super Bowl XL/Beginning Date: February 5, 2006 Following the 2005 regular season, the game was played on February 5, 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Pittsburgh Steelers of the American Football Conference (AFC) beat the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football Conference (NFC) 21-10. This was their second consecutive Super Bowl victory and their third overall.
Super Bowl XL was the culmination of a spectacular season from both Pittsburgh and Seattle. The Steelers entered the game as 15½ point favorites over the underdog Seahawks. In the end, neither team was able to score during regulation time, forcing the game into overtime for the first time ever. On the first play of the extra period, Seattle's Darrell Jackson got behind the Pittsburgh defense for a 66-yard touchdown catch and run to give his team the lead. Just like that, the game was tied at 10. In the second overtime period, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Seattle's Richard Sherman to put his team ahead of its rival by two points. With just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh drove down the field and scored a touchdown with less than a minute remaining to win the game 21-10.
This was the first Super Bowl played outside of California or Arizona and it proved to be a huge success with 111 million viewers across the world.
The Steelers won their second consecutive Super Bowl by defeating the Cowboys 21-17. The game took place on January 18, 1976, in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, and was one of the first significant national events of the United States' Bicentennial year. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw led the way for Pittsburgh with two touchdown passes and 303 yards of total offense.
Terry Bradshaw - Steelers
Jerry Rice - 49ers
Rod Smith - Cowboys
Earl Campbell - Cowboys
Wayne Chrebet - Cowboys
Michael Irvin - Cowboys
John Riggins - Redskins
Steve Spurrier - Redskins
George Rogers - Redskins
Ron Kramer - Packers
Lomas Jones - Lions
Emmitt Smith - Cowboys (offense)
Charles Haley - Raiders (defensive end)
Richard Dent - Steelers (defensive end)
Kevin Greene - Bears (safety)
Mark Gastineau - Eagles (wide receiver)
Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996-27-17. The Dallas Cowboys will be playing in their third Super Bowl this week. Can they win it all for the first time since 1977?
They'll have to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of the most anticipated games of the year. It's also worth mentioning that both these teams are still looking for their first title. If you ask me, I'd say there's a good chance of this game being decided by one score or less.
The Steelers are once again loaded with talent at almost every position. They have a strong defense that allows them to pressure the quarterback. At running back, they have Willie Parker who can run over people and Duce Staley who is a reliable backup. In the wide receiver group, they have three starters returning including star wideout Hines Ward. On the other hand, the Cowboys only have two starters returning on offense: Running back Emmitt Smith and Quarterback Troy Aikman. Otherwise, they're completely empty. Defensively, they have nine players returning including four starters. But they're still looking for their first championship since 1969.
This season, the Steelers are undefeated and look like the clear favorite.
Today in Football History: Super Bowl XLIV On February 7, 2010, the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts en route to their first Super Bowl victory. The game was played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Saints defeated the Colts 31-27 in what is currently considered one of the greatest Super Bowl games ever played.
The New Orleans Saints were founded in 1969 as an expansion team in the American Football League (AFL). They originally were called the New Orleans Pelicans until they changed their name in 1972. The team went 0-12 their first season, but improved each year after that, reaching a league high of 11-5 in 1973 before losing in the playoffs to the Oakland Raiders. In 1978, the team won its first NFL Championship with an undefeated regular season and then defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the championship game.
They've gone on to have two more winning seasons before falling short of the playoffs again in 1980 and 1981. But since 1982, the team has made it to the postseason every year except for 2004 when they finished second in the NFC West behind the San Francisco 49ers. They lost that game 21-17 in overtime at home in front of a huge crowd at Tulane University's Green Dome. The next year, the Saints got into the playoffs by winning the division over the 49ers.