Quick Thoughts on SuperBowl XLIII

February 2, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Congratulations to the victors the Pittsburgh Steelers who rallied to beat the very game Arizona Cardinals 27-23. It was a fine and very entertaining game with an exciting finish. It looked like the Steelers might be too much at the beginning but the Cardinals were able to chip away and make a game of it. I think if you break the game down there were many key plays but I wanted to mention a few.

First I am not going to get into the penalties much except to say the refs came close to having too much influence on the game and thank goodness replays were able to help reverse a couple of close but probably wrong calls. There were many plays that changed momentum but none were bigger then Kurt Warner’s goal-line interception that totally changed the complexion of the game. It was a minimum 10 point reversal on the score and it ultimately affected the tone of play in the second half. I couldn’t help thinking Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison’s record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown should not have happened. It seemed to me that the Cardinals offense was stunned by the interception and was a step slow in reacting to the return allowing Harrison to lumber along thinking the half would be over as soon as someone else tackled him. Kudos the the Steelers defense who quickly got out and blocked and Harrison for his great if not swift run.

I thought in the second half the Steelers with their 10 point lead got very conservative and after two brilliant goal line stands by the Cardinals defense the Arizona offense came alive. Great game by Kurt Warner. The Pitt defensive line was the best of the four and put on constant pressure to force Warner to get rid of the ball quickly. Larry Fitzgerald is just a phenom and nearly won the game for the Cardinals but in the end I think the superior team won. When the game was on the line, Ben Roethlisberger was clutch, engineered the 78-yard drive to win it, and MVP Santonio Holmes, used his blazing speed and elusiveness to put the final dagger in the heart of Arizonia’s hopes. Great game for the fans!  Any thoughts on the commercials?


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