Steelers Outlast Cardinals, 27-23

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2009 9:27 PM CST
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) reacts following a TD pass to Santonio Holmes late in the fourth quarter tonight in Tampa, Fla. Arizona's Chike Okeafor walks away at right.    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Santonio Holmes snagged a pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left in regulation and tiptoed into the history books with a touchdown reception that gave the Steelers a 27-23 victory over the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII tonight in Tampa. Pittsburgh, a 7-point favorite going in, had trailed 23-20 after Arizona took its first lead of the game with 2:37 to play.

"Great players step up in big-time games to make plays," Holmes, the game's MVP, said after his team rebounded from blowing a 20-7 lead and withstood a review of the decisive TD. "I knew it was a touchdown 100 percent. My feet never left the ground. All I did was stand up on my toes and extended my hands."