4. Arizona Cardinals at Pittsburgh Steelers- The list continues. Super Bowl 43 checks in as the fourth best Super Bowl I’ve seen. When you saw this match-up on paper, you said to yourself wow, the Arizona Cardinals? They played in a conference with a pretty good New York Giants team in that 2008 season and the biggest reason for their success that year was the presence of Kurt Warner who had the best year of his career tossing 30 td passes. They surprised a lot of people that year, myself included and I wrote them off after their late season collapse that year. The Steelers reached their seventh Super Bowl, which broke a three way tie with the Patriots and 49ers. They were the best defense in the league only giving up 14 points a game. The most memorable play of the first half was James Harrison’s 100 yard interception return for a touchdown which increased the Steelers halftime lead to 17-7. With the third quarter being a defensive struggle for both teams so you know this one was going to be decided in the fourth. The Steelers defense showed you why they were the best in the league as they held a pretty prolific offense to only 7 points. Thos 7 points though came on a big play courtesy of Larry Fitzgerald who put the Cardinals ahead 23-20. It was Big Ben time now. Starting from their own 22 yard line, Ben completed a series of passes to his receivers to get the ball down the field and moved the chains. After a 40 yard pass to Santonio Holmes, Ben would connect with Holmes again for what would be one of the more memorable plays in Super Bowl history. Santonio caught a pass in the corner of the endzone which would end up being reviewed and the play stood. The Steelers defense held it’s ground and secured it’s 6th Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Super Bowl XLIII Claims #4.