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Super Bowl XLIII - Arizona v Pittsburgh

Sunday, 1 February
Tampa, Florida




Two Super Bowl tickets

A lucky fan shows off two valuable tickets for Sunday's game as they make their final approach to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and Arizona's Kurt Warner

Out on the field, rival quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Kurt Warner exchange a handshake as they make their final preparations

The US Airways crew receive a heroes' welcome

The crew of the plane which recently crashed in New York's Hudson River make a special appearance before the start

Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson perform

While Faith Hill performs America the Beautiful and Jennifer Hudson delivers the national anthem moments before the action begins

General David Petraeus conducts the coin toss

Arizona win the coin toss but take advantage of a new rule and defer their decision to the second half so the Steelers will receive the ball

Roethlisberger almost scores the first touchdown

The match gets under way and Pittsburgh's Roethlisberger almost scores but he is adjudged to have fallen just short after an appeal

Warner releases a pass

With Jeff Reed kicking the Steelers into a 3-0 lead off the following play, it is left to Warner to spearhead Arizona's response

Russell (right) celebrates his touchdown

The first touchdown arrives early in the second quarter when Gary Russell (right) goes over from the one to make it 10-0

Patrick celebrates as fireworks light up the sky

Before the favourites can build up too much of an advantage, the Cardinals hit back when Ben Patrick gets a touchdown of his own

Five players halt Boldin's progress

Arizona continue to push and the Steelers defence take no chances when Warner picks out Anquan Boldin on the two-yard line

Harrison recovers after his amazing run

With half-time looming James Harrison intercepts on the goal line and completes a 100-yard return, the longest in Super Bowl history

Tomlin celebrates with Harrison

Head coach Mike Tomlin congratulates the linebacker on his achievement as Pittsburgh reach the interval with a 17-7 lead

Springsteen performs in Tampa

This year the famous half-time musical slot is filled by Bruce Springsteen who entertains the crowd as fireworks light up the sky

Reed kicks a field goal

After the break, Pittsburgh strengthen their position when Reed kicks another field goal to make it 20-7 at the end of the third quarter

Fitzgerald scores for Arizona

Arizona up their game again and cut the deficit to six points when Larry Fitzgerald takes a fine catch under pressure from Ike Taylor

Fitzgerald scores his second touchdown

A safety gives them another two points before Fitzgerald runs home a second touchdown to put the Cardinals ahead for the first time

Holmes prepares to catch the winning touchdown

However, it is a lead they cannot hold on to as Roethlisberger finds Santonio Holmes for the score with just 35 seconds left

Holmes raises the Vince Lombardi toprhy

Pittsburgh close out a 27-23 win as they claim an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl title with Holmes voted Most Valuable Player




see also
NFL fixtures
05 Jan 08 |  American Football
NFL results
26 Oct 07 |  American Football
NFL standings
26 Oct 07 |  American Football
NFL in a nutshell
19 Oct 05 |  American Football
American Football on the BBC
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