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Short Story: The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27 – 23
That’s no surprise looking at the statistics, but watching the actual game progress, it did not seem so inevitable. For the first three quarters the Steelers were ahead and nobody was surprised, but in the fourth, things got interesting. More about that in a minute. First, in case you did not know:
Super Bowl XLIII (pronounced fourty-three), was played today in Tampa, Florida starting at 6pm Eastern and finished up around 10pm.
The two teams in the Super Bowl this year were:
- Pittsburgh Steelers (as in the metal “steel” not theft “steal” with an “a”)
- Black, white and yellow uniforms
- Arizona Cardinals
- – Red and white uniforms
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a slightly stronger team and coach, but the Arizona Cardinals did not make it to the Super Bowl without being a very strong team too. They have beaten stronger teams this season and almost did it again.
At the start of fourth quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a comfortable 20-7 lead. A little too comfortable. A safety (first in 18 years to happen at the Super Bowl) and two touchdowns later the Arizona Cardinals were ahead 23 – 20 with only 2 minutes left.
At this point, Peter was ready to switch teams. I told him it was too late for our competition because you are not allowed to switch after the first playoff game starts. I also told him that if he switched teams when the going was tough, the team in the lead would not want him anyway.
It really did look like the Pittsburgh Steelers were in serious trouble, but they put their last two minutes to good use, got a final touchdown and won the game. This was their sixth time to win the Super Bowl. Only two other teams (San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys) have made it to five, so that is a pretty big record. Update from Dan: In the first half, the Steelers made the longest defensive touch down in Superbowl history. That’s a record that won’t be topped for a while. It was a 100-yard run!
As far as I know, those are the highlights of the game. If you are a fan and you think some other facts about the game are must-know-so-you-don’t-embarrass-yourself material, please let us know in the comments. Otherwise, hopefully after reading this post you will be prepared to participate in the only conversation to be found in or near the US for the next week or so.