Steelers rally to beat Cardinals 27-23Posted: Updated:
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The winning play of the Super Bowl was right out of a schoolyard.
Scramble right, scramble left, find someone open.
The perfect unscripted ending to a game of improbable swings.
Their Steel Curtain shredded, Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes improvised the 6-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a record-setting sixth Super Bowl victory, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals last night.
Holmes grabbed the ball with both arms stretched fully above his head in the back right corner of the end zone, his toes barely dragging inbounds. He fell, sat up and cradled the ball like the prize it was.
The Steelers won their second Super Bowl in four seasons. They led 20-7 in the fourth quarter, only to see Kurt Warner and the Cardinals stage a remarkable rally to go in front 23-20 with 2:37 remaining.
Warner hit All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald in stride for a 64-yard touchdown and the lead. Fitzgerald sped down the middle of the field, watching himself outrun the Steelers on the huge video screen.
Later, Fitzgerald could only watch from the sideline as Roethlisberger engineered a 78-yard drive to win it.