Super Bowl XLIII: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals | NFL Full Game


Michaels:
THE TWO COACHES. AND THE FIRST LITTLE
INTERESTING TIDBIT, JOHN, IS ARIZONA WINNING THE TOSS,
WITH THAT POTENT OFFENSE, AND ELECTING TO DEFER. Madden: YEAH, REMEMBER
THE LAST SUPER BOWL THAT BEN ROETHLISBERGER
WAS IN. HE SAID HE STARTED NERVOUS
AND WAS NERVOUS THE ENTIRE GAME. AND I HAVE A FEELING HERE THE CARDINALS WANT TO CHECK HIM
OUT TONIGHT RIGHT OFF THE BAT TO SEE IF HE’S GOTTEN RID
OF THOSE NERVES. HAD A 23 QUARTERBACK RATING.
STILL WON THE GAME. NEIL RACKERS TO KICK OFF. SIX TOUCHBACKS
ON 18 KICKS. GARY RUSSELL,
WHO IS THEIR SHORT-YARDAGE BACK AND RUNBACK SPECIALIST,
IS BACK THERE. RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
IN TAMPA. THE BUILDUP IS OVER. AND AWAY WE GO
IN SUPER BOWL XLIII. RUSSELL.
FROM THE 4-YARD LINE. STRAIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. AND RACKERS WILL STICK HIS NOSE
IN COVERAGE. HE’S RIGHT THERE.
RACKERS MAKES THE TACKLE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK
AT THE STEELER STARTERS. BEN ROETHLISBERGER,
MIAMI UNIVERSITY. WILLIE PARKER,
CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL. HINES WARD, GEORGIA. SANTONIO HOLMES,
THE
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY. HEATH MILLER, VIRGINIA. MATT SPAETH,
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. MAX STARKS, FLORIDA. CHRIS KEMOEATU,
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH. JUSTIN HARTWIG,
WEST DES MOINES VALLEY. DARNELL STAPLETON,
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY. WILLIE COLON,
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY. THAT STEELER OFFENSIVE LINE
UNDER A LOT OF FIRE EARLIER IN THE YEAR. BUT THEY’VE PLAYED BETTER
THROUGH THE SECOND HALF AND IN THE PLAYOFFS. AND THEY START
WITH THREE TIGHT ENDS, AND THEY RUN IT
UP THE GUT. AND THEY GIVE IT
TO WILLIE PARKER, WHO TAKES THE BALL
UP TO THE 31-YARD LINE. SO A GAIN OF 3
FOR WILLIE PARKER, WHO HAD THE LONGEST RUN
IN THE HISTORY OF THE SUPER BOWL THREE YEARS AGO IN DETROIT. THERE’S BEN. AVERAGING BETTER THAN 10 WINS
PER SEASON OVER THE LAST FIVE. WON THE SUPER BOWL
IN HIS SECOND YEAR, JOHN. Madden: IT WAS INTERESTING
ON THAT FIRST PLAY. ON FIRST DOWN, THEY HAD
THREE TIGHT ENDS IN THERE. RAN TO THAT SIDE. NOW ON SECOND DOWN, YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE
THREE WIDE RECEIVERS. PLAY FAKE. ROETHLISBERGER ROLLS. FIRST PASS TO WARD! AND HINES WARD,
WITH THAT KNEE — AND ANDREA DISCUSSED ALL
THAT WENT ON — GOT WIDE OPEN, THEN GETS FORCED OUT OF BOUNDS
BY RODERICK HOOD AFTER A GAIN OF 38 YARDS. I THINK THAT’S A PLAY
THAT BEN ROETHLISBERGER NEEDED AND A PLAY
THAT HINES WARD NEEDED. SEE, THIS IS A BOOTLEG. YOU FAKE THE RUN TO THE LEFT,
BOOTLEG OUT TO THE RIGHT, MAKE A LITTLE PUMP FAKE
TO HOLD THAT LINEBACKER, AND THEN GET HINES WARD
UP THERE FREE. WATCH HIM. NOW, HE LOOKS LIKE
HE’S RUNNING FINE, TO ME. HE DIDN’T HAVE TO CUT
TO HIS RIGHT. HIS BAD LEG
IS THAT RIGHT LEG, SO HE’S GONNA HAVE A TOUGH TIME
CUTTING OFF THAT, MAYBE. BUT KNOWING HINES WARD,
I DON’T BELIEVE THAT. ALREADY LONGER THAN
ANY PASS PLAY FOR ROETHLISBERGER IN SUPER BOWL XL. TOSS. CAN PARKER GET OUTSIDE? YES, HE CAN! AND PARKER TURNS
WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN NO GAIN INTO A NICE GAIN. ARIZONA STRUGGLING ON DEFENSE
ALL SEASON LONG. PLAYING BETTER IN POSTSEASON. BUT THROUGH THE YEAR,
THE ARIZONA CARDINALS GIVING UP A LOT OF LONG PLAYS,
ALLOWING 49 TOUCHDOWNS — THE MOST EVER BY A TEAM
TO GET TO THE BIG SHOW. THAT PLAY WAS
AGAIN THREE WIDE RECEIVERS, AND THE CARDINALS
WERE IN NICKEL. SO THEY GOT TWO BIG PLAYS AGAINST THE CARDINAL
NICKEL DEFENSE — FIVE DEFENSIVE BACKS. THEY HAVE SEAN McHUGH
LINED UP AS THE FULLBACK
IN THE BACKFIELD, AND HE’LL PROVIDE LEVERAGE. AND PARKER
IS GONNA GET TAKEN DOWN. IT’S CLOSE TO A FIRST DOWN,
BUT THEY MAY HAVE STOPPED HIM. AND THAT’S ADRIAN WILSON,
AND YOU’LL SEE A LOT OF HIM. THE STRONG SAFETY, THE SENIOR CARDINAL IN TERMS
OF LONGEVITY WITH ARIZONA. EIGHTH YEAR IN THE LEAGUE.
DRAFTED IN ’01. YEAH, AND AS YOU SAY,
HE’S THE STRONG SAFETY, BUT HE PLAYS AN AWFUL LOT
LIKE A LINEBACKER. AND YOU SEE HIM. HE’S RIGHT THERE
ON THE LEFT OF THE SCREEN. YOU JUST SEE HIM COMING IN
RIGHT HERE. HE WAS AT THE LINE
OF SCRIMMAGE. AND MOST OF THE TIME,
IF IT’S A RUNNING DOWN, ADRIAN WILSON WILL BE UP
OR AROUND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. THAT IS ENOUGH
FOR A FIRST DOWN. WARNER BIDING HIS TIME
ON THE BENCH. THE BALL
IS AT THE 22-YARD LINE. TWO TIGHT ENDS
IN THIS SET. WARD IN MOTION. ROETHLISBERGER.
GETS IT AWAY QUICKLY. AND FINDS THE TIGHT END
OVER THE MIDDLE, AND THAT’S HEATH MILLER. HE LOVES TO GO
TO HEATH MILLER. AND MILLER WILL SET UP
A FIRST AND GOAL. 21 YARDS
RIGHT OVER THE MIDDLE. AND THE CARDINALS SAID THAT
THEY WERE GONNA PRESSURE BEN, AND THEY COME
ON THIS PLAY. AND HERE’S HEATH MILLER
RIGHT HERE. BEN ROETHLISBERGER
FEELS THE PRESSURE AND GETS RID
OF THE BALL QUICKLY ON A SLIGHT POST
TO HEATH MILLER. WATCH WILLIE PARKER THERE,
THE RUNNING BACK. HE GETS CHIKE OKEAFOR. AND THAT LETS BEN GET RID OF IT
TO HEATH MILLER. GARY RUSSELL IN THE BACKFIELD
WITH CAREY DAVIS. THEIR SHORT-YARDAGE
PACKAGE. AND THIS IS RUSSELL. AND THAT’S A GREAT PLAY
BY ANTONIO SMITH. SMITH, OUT OF OKLAHOMA STATE,
IN HIS FIFTH YEAR, RACKS HIM UP
BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. SO FROM FIRST AND GOAL
AT THE 1-YARD LINE. THEY GO TO SECOND AND GOAL
AT THE 5. HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS
THAT WILL GET PENETRATION. AND YOU SEE RIGHT THERE.
HE GETS THE PENETRATION. IN FACT, THEY GET PENETRATION
ON BOTH SIDES. THIS DEFENSIVE LINE
DOES A VERY GOOD JOB AT THAT, ESPECIALLY ANTONIO SMITH. AND DARNELL DOCKETT ALSO
WILL GET PENETRATION DOWN HERE. NOW THEY PUT PARKER
BACK IN THE GAME AFTER THEY GO
WITH THEIR SHORT-YARDAGE UNIT. THREE WIDE RECEIVERS. NATE WASHINGTON
IS THE THIRD WIDEOUT. THEY’RE GONNA GIVE THE BALL
TO PARKER. HE’S GONNA MOVE
TO THE OUTSIDE. AND PARKER TRIES TO GET
TO THE GOAL LINE AND CAN’T. AS YOU CAN SEE, HE’LL BE STOPPED
INSIDE THE 1-YARD LINE. RALPH BROWN
AND RODERICK HOOD BOTH UP FROM THE SECONDARY
TO STOP HIM. IT’LL BE THIRD DOWN AND GOAL
ON THE GAME’S OPENING DRIVE. I THINK
THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS HAVE FOUND SOMETHING
IN THAT THREE WIDE RECEIVERS — THAT IT’S
PRETTY GOOD THROWING, BUT IT’S VERY, VERY GOOD
RUNNING. THEY’RE HAVING
MORE TROUBLE RUNNING WITH THEIR THREE
TIGHT ENDS THAN THEY ARE THUS FAR
WITH THEIR THREE WIDE RECEIVERS. STEELERS — IT’S BEEN ROUGH
FOR THEM, AS YOU CAN SEE, ON THIRD AND FOURTH
AND SHORT. THAT’S THE SITUATION HERE
RIGHT NOW. AND ROETHLISBERGER
WITH A BOOTLEG. THE FAKE.
BEN LOOKING FOR THE END ZONE. CAN HE RUN IT IN? HE LEANS IN
AND GETS THE TOUCHDOWN! [ CROWD CHEERING ] HE LEANED RIGHT THROUGH
DARNELL DOCKETT. AND AS WAS THE CASE
IN SUPER BOWL XL, PITTSBURGH GETS
ON THE BOARD WITH A ROETHLISBERGER
RUSHING TOUCHDOWN. THAT’S WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU HAVE
A 245-POUND QUARTERBACK. HE GETS DOWN RIGHT HERE,
PUTS DOWN HIS SHOULDER, AND RUNS IT RIGHT INTO
THE END ZONE LIKE A FULLBACK. USUALLY,
YOU DON’T SEE QUARTERBACKS HIT WITH THEIR THROWING
SHOULDER. THIS IS THE SUPER BOWL. BEN ROETHLISBERGER SAYS,
“ALL BETS OFF.” JUSTIN HARTWIG,
HIS CENTER, HELPED ESCORT HIM
INTO THE END ZONE. JEFF REED LINES UP
TO KICK THE EXTRA POINT. AND THE CARDINALS —
AND THERE’S THE CHALLENGE FLAG. SO KEN WHISENHUNT
IS GOING TO CHALLENGE. THERE’S SUCH IRONY HERE. ARIZONA HAS CHALLENGED
THAT THE RUNNER WAS DOWN PRIOR TO CROSSING
THE GOAL LINE. THIS IS VERY CLOSE. WE THINK,
IN LOOKING AT THE REPLAYS, THAT HIS KNEE WAS DOWN. CHECK HIS LEFT KNEE. WHERE IS THE BALL
WHEN HIS KNEE IS DOWN? WE HAVE A COUPLE
OF DIFFERENT ANGLES FOR YOU. THERE IT IS.
THE QUESTION IS — THAT’S THE END OF THE PLAY
RIGHT THERE. WHERE IS THE BALL? NOW, KEEP IN MIND, THE OFFICIALS
CAN USE COMPOSITE ANGLES. THEY DON’T HAVE TO SEE
ONE CAMERA SHOT THAT SHOWS YOU EVERYTHING. THEY CAN REACH A CONCLUSION
FROM MULTIPLE SHOTS AND FIGURE OUT WHERE THE KNEE IS
AND WHERE THE BALL IS FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES. SO IT LOOKS LIKE
THERE’S A CHANCE THIS IS GONNA GET
OVERTURNED. AND IF IT DOES, WHAT A DECISION
UPCOMING FOR TOMLIN. HERE’S McAULAY. AFTER REVIEW, THE RUNNER WAS DOWN
SHORT OF THE GOAL LINE. THE BALL WILL BE PLACED
AT THE 1-FOOT LINE. FOURTH AND GOAL. ARIZONA IS NOT CHARGED
WITH A TIME-OUT. PLEASE SET THE PLAY CLOCK
TO 25 SECONDS. AND MIKE HOLMGREN IS SAYING,
“NOW?” [ BOTH LAUGH ] ‘CAUSE THREE YEARS AGO, BEN GOT THE BENEFIT
OF THE DOUBT. AND NOW
WHAT IS TOMLIN GONNA DO? THEY’RE GONNA KICK
THE FIELD GOAL. YEAH.
A 5-MINUTE DRIVE. THEY STARTED
AT THEIR OWN 28-YARD LINE. SIX RUSHES, TWO PASSES. THE BIG ONE TO WARD
FOR 38 YARDS. AND NOW JEFF REED WITH
WHAT AMOUNTS TO AN EXTRA POINT BECAUSE THE BALL WILL BE SPOTTED
AT THE 9-YARD LINE. A 19-YARD FIELD-GOAL ATTEMPT FOR ONE OF THE BEST KICKERS
IN THE LEAGUE. RIGHT.
AND I AGREE WITH THIS CALL. I KNOW
IT’S A TOUGH THING TO DO. IT’S A LOT TOUGHER FOR A COACH
TO KICK THE FIELD GOAL HERE THAN IT IS TO SAY,
“YEAH, GO FOR IT.” RIGHT. BUT THIS IS
A PERCENTAGE PLAY. THIS IS A PLAY
YOU HAVE TO DO. MITCH BERGER
WILL SPOT IT. AND THE KICK BY REED
IS GOOD. KEN WHISENHUNT
WITH THE CHALLENGE. ANOTHER LOOK.
IT’S INTERESTING HE DEFERRED. AND THAT COULD’VE BEEN
A BAD CALL IF PITTSBURGH GOES IN
AND SCORES A TOUCHDOWN. BUT THEN
THE CHALLENGE HERE, AND THEY SETTLE
FOR THE FIELD GOAL. WELL,
HE SAVED IT THERE. BECAUSE HAD HE LOST
THE CHALLENGE AND THEN HAD TO DEFER IT,
AND THEN HAD THE 7 POINTS, HE WOULD SAY,
“THIS IS ISN’T THE WAY I DREAMED OF STARTING
A SUPER BOWL.” AND THEN HE WOULD’VE BEEN DOWN
TO ONLY ONE CHALLENGE THE REST OF THE GAME. IF YOU WIN A CHALLENGE, YOU STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY
FOR TWO MORE. KICKOFF FIELDED
BY J.J. ARRINGTON. AND ARRINGTON BRINGS IT UP
TO THE 27-YARD LINE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK
AT THE CARDINALS. KURT WARNER,
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA. EDGERRIN JAMES, THE U. TERRELLE SMITH, ARIZONA STATE. LARRY FITZGERALD JR.,
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH. ANQUAN BOLDIN,
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY. LEONARD POPE,
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. MIKE GANDY, NOTRE DAME. REGGIE WELLS,
CLARION UNIVERSITY. LYLE SENDLEIN,
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS. DEUCE LUTUI, U.S.C. LEVI BROWN, PENN STATE. [ CROWD CHEERING ] THE CARDINALS STARTERS,
AS THEY BEGIN FROM THE 27. AND WARNER WILL GIVE THE BALL
TO EDGERRIN JAMES, WHO WAS THE STARTER
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON, LOST HIS JOB,
AND NOW HAS REASSUMED THAT ROLE. THE CARDINALS WERE RANKED LAST
IN THE LEAGUE IN RUSHING, BUT THEY FINISHED FOURTH
IN THE LEAGUE OVERALL IN OFFENSE BECAUSE THEY WERE SECOND
IN PASSING. RIGHT. AND THEY’VE BEEN BETTER
RUNNING IN THE PLAYOFFS. AND EDGERRIN JAMES, BECAUSE HE SAT OUT
ABOUT HALF THE SEASON, SEEMS VERY FRESH NOW. WARNER OUT OF THE GUN. BOLDIN IS 81. YOU CAN’T MISS FITZGERALD.
HE’S ON THE SAME SIDE. HE’S 11. WARNER LOOKS TO THE RIGHT SIDE
AND THROWS. AND THE CATCH IS MADE. AND PAYING THE PRICE RIGHT THERE
WAS STEVE BREASTON, WHO GETS KNOCKED TO THE GROUND
BY BRYANT McFADDEN A LITTLE SHORT
OF THE FIRST. IT’LL BE THIRD AND 1. YOU KNOW, STEVE BREASTON
IS THE THIRD WIDE RECEIVER. SO WHEN YOU SEE HIM
IN THERE, THE CARDINALS ARE GOING
THREE WIDE RECEIVERS. BUT THIS GUY,
DURING THE REGULAR SEASON, CAUGHT 77 PASSES. SO YOU SAY,
“WHAT KIND OF A PASSING OFFENSE IS THE CARDINALS?” IT’S BASICALLY
A THREE-WIDE-RECEIVER OFFENSE. ALL THREE WIDEOUTS
OVER 1,000 YARDS. AND THEY GAVE HIM
A FIRST DOWN. THEY LOOKED AT THE CHAINS,
MOVED THEM. SO FIRST DOWN.
HERE’S HIGHTOWER RIGHT NOW. UP TO THE 39. AND OUR FIRST MARKER
OF THE GAME. TERRY McAULAY,
WHO REFFED THE — HOLDING.
OFFENSE, NUMBER 69. 10-YARD PENALTY.
FIRST DOWN. McAULAY WAS THE REFEREE IN THE PHILADELPHIA-NEW ENGLAND
GAME IN JACKSONVILLE
FOUR YEARS AGO. THAT’S MIKE GANDY,
THE LEFT TACKLE, WHO’S GONNA BE IN THE CROSSHAIRS
ALL NIGHT. RIGHT, BECAUSE HE’S BLOCKING
JAMES HARRISON MOST OF THE TIME,
AND JAMES HARRISON WAS THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER
OF THE YEAR. HE DIDN’T HOLD HARRISON
ON THAT PLAY. YOU’RE GONNA SEE RIGHT THERE.
IT’S AGAINST JAMES — HE’S HOLDING JAMES FARRIOR
RIGHT THERE. BUT HE DOES HAVE HIS WORK
CUT OUT FOR HIM, THOUGH, WITH JAMES HARRISON. ALL NIGHT.
PICK YOUR POISON. THIS IS THE OLD 2-4-5 —
TWO DEFENSIVE LINEMEN, FOUR LINEBACKERS,
FIVE DEFENSIVE BACKS. AND A FUMBLE AS EDGERRIN JAMES
TOOK THE HAND-OFF. THEY SPREAD IT OUT, AND THEN THEY GAVE IT TO JAMES
ON A DELAY, AND HE’S ABLE TO RECOVER
HIS OWN FUMBLE. BRETT KEISEL
WAS ABLE TO KNOCK IT AWAY. BUT THEY RECOVER, AND IT WILL BE
SECOND DOWN AND 20. TROY POLAMALU,
WHO WEARS CONTACT LENSES, IS ON
THE PITTSBURGH SIDELINE. SO IT GOT DISLODGED,
AND THEY WORK ON TROY. YOU CAN SEE THAT.
THAT’S AGAINST THE QUARTERBACK. WHEN THE RUNNING BACK JUST OPENS
HIS ARMS, PUTS HIS HANDS THERE, AND THE QUARTERBACK
HAS TO SLIDE IT IN. IT LOOKED LIKE KURT WARNER
SHORT-ARMED IT A LITTLE. SECOND AND 20. AND NOW JAMES
STARTS TO SLIP AS HE COMES
OUT OF THE BACKFIELD. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE STEELERS’
NUMBER-ONE-RANKED DEFENSE. AARON SMITH, NORTHERN COLORADO. CASEY HAMPTON, TEXAS. BRETT KEISEL, B.Y.U. LaMARR WOODLEY, MICHIGAN. JAMES FARRIOR, VIRGINIA. LARRY FOOTE,
DETROIT PERSHING DOUGHBOYS. JAMES HARRISON, KENT STATE. IKE TAYLOR, SWAGGIN’. TROY POLAMALU,
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. RYAN CLARK, LOUISIANA. BRYANT McFADDEN, FLORIDA STATE. POLAMALU BACK IN. BY THE WAY, SWAGGIN’ IS NOT AN
INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING. IKE JUST TELLING YOU
HE’S GOT SWAGGER. RIGHT, AND HE’S GOING TO BE
ON LARRY FITZGERALD MOST OF THIS GAME. HE’D BETTER HAVE SWAGGER
TONIGHT. THIRD AND 17. AND THAT PASS IS THROWN INTO THE FACE OF A BLITZ
AND INCOMPLETE. INTENDED FOR
ANQUAN BOLDIN. AND THE PRESSURE
PUT ON THAT TIME BY LAWRENCE TIMMONS,
NUMBER 94. AND THAT’S THE THING. ONE OF THE THINGS
THAT THE CARDINALS LIKE TO DO AGAINST THE PRESSURE
OR THE BLITZ IS GET THE BALL OUT THERE
QUICKLY ON A SCREEN PASS. THEY WERE TRYING TO GET IT OUT
TO ANQUAN BOLDIN, AND THEY JUST DIDN’T
GET IT THERE. ‘CAUSE THE STEELERS
REALIZE THAT TOO. THEY KNOW THAT WHEN THEY COME
WITH THE PRESSURE, THEN FORCE
OR PRESS THOSE WIDE RECEIVERS FOR THAT SPEED SCREEN. BEN GRAHAM, THE FIRST AUSSIE
TO EVER PLAY IN A SUPER BOWL. STARTED THE YEAR
WITH THE JETS. KICKED IN ONE GAME
FOR THE SAINTS. THAT WAS A GAME
IN LONDON. AND THEN WINDS UP
IN THE SUPER BOWL WITH ARIZONA. HE’S BEEN BOTHERED
BY A GROIN PULL. THAT’S A BAD KICK.
IT’S FIELDED AT THE 26. AND HOLMES BRINGS IT BACK
TO THE 31-YARD LINE. PITTSBURGH BALL
AT THE 31-YARD LINE. WILLIE PARKER
IS THE RUNNING BACK. AND ROETHLISBERGER WILL TAKE
THE SNAP OUT OF THE SHOTGUN. FAKES THE INSIDE GIVE. WORKS IT TO HOLMES
ON THE OUTSIDE. GETS A BLOCK OUT THERE
FROM MILLER. STAYS IN BOUNDS. AND SANTONIO HOLMES, WHO’S BEEN
A BIG-PLAY GUY IN POSTSEASON, WITH A GAIN OF 25 YARDS. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS HERE. IT’S THE SAME THING THAT
THE CARDINALS ARE TRYING TO DO, IS THEY SEE THE BLITZ
OR THEY FEEL THE BLITZ, THEY FAKE AND JUST
GET IT OUT THERE QUICKLY. A QUICK, QUICK SCREEN
TO THE OUTSIDE TO YOUR GUY THAT CAN MAKE
BIG PLAYS WITH HIS FEET. SANTONIO HOLMES
IS THEIR BIG-PLAY GUY. HE’S THEIR SPEED GUY.
HE’S THEIR PUNT RETURNER. AND THAT’S ALL THAT IS — THROW IT OUT THERE
TO HIM QUICKLY AND LET HIM BE
A PUNT RETURNER. THE BOYS MIXING IT UP BACK AT THE 40-YARD LINE
FOR A COUPLE OF MOMENTS WHILE WE WERE IN REPLAY
AFTER THE PLAY. THE BALL WILL BE SPOTTED AT THE 44-YARD LINE
OF THE ARIZONA CARDINALS. SO ROETHLISBERGER, WHO STARTED SUPER BOWL XL
NERVOUSLY AND ADMITS TO IT — AND DIDN’T PLAY VERY WELL
OVERALL, WITH A 23 RATING — STARTS TONIGHT’S GAME
3 OUT OF 3 FOR 84 YARDS. ONE THING THAT WILL
GET RID OF THOSE NERVES IS TO GET IN A RHYTHM, AND BEN HAS GOTTEN
IN A PRETTY GOOD RHYTHM. RIGHT OFF THE BAT. PLAY-ACTION.
BUYS HIM A TON OF TIME. HE’S GONNA GO DEEP!
VERY DEEP! AND THE BALL FLOATS AND IS
KNOCKED AWAY AT THE LAST MINUTE BY THE VERY SPEEDY
DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE AFTER NATE WASHINGTON
HAD GOTTEN OUT IN FRONT. HE HAD BEATEN HIM,
AND THE BALL JUST HUNG. RIGHT. AND THAT’S WHY
YOU WANT SPEED IN YOUR CORNER. AND THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL
MAKE-UP SPEED. HE IS BEATEN, AS YOU SAY.
THE BALL IS IN THE AIR. BUT WATCH RODGERS-CROMARTIE
COME AND GET IT. THAT IS A HECK
OF A DEFENSIVE PLAY BECAUSE HE MADE UP
ABOUT 5 YARDS. AND NATE WASHINGTON
HAS SPEED ALSO. “OOH.”
[ CHUCKLES ] LARRY FITZGERALD SAID,
“THAT ONE WAS TOO CLOSE.” RODGERS-CROMARTIE THEIR
NUMBER-ONE DRAFT CHOICE OUT OF TENNESSEE STATE. FROM THE 44-YARD LINE. THEY SEND IT
OUT TO HOLMES QUICKLY. AND THE TACKLE IS MADE THERE
BY RODGERS-CROMARTIE AS WE TAKE A LOOK
AT THE ARIZONA D. ANTONIO SMITH, OKLAHOMA STATE. BRYAN ROBINSON, FRESNO STATE. DARNELL DOCKETT, F.S.U. BERTRAND BERRY, NOTRE DAME. CHIKE OKEAFOR,
WEST LAFAYETTE RED DEVILS. GERALD HAYES,
PATERSON, NEW JERSEY. KARLOS DANSBY,
WOODLAWN HIGH SCHOOL. ROD HOOD, AUBURN UNIVERSITY. ADRIAN WILSON,
NORTH CAROLINA STATE. ANTREL ROLLE, THE U. DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE,
TENNESSEE STATE. DOCKETT, DANSBY, AND WILSON
WOULD BE THREE KEY GUYS — LINE, LINEBACKER,
AND DEFENSIVE BACK. NOW THIRD AND 5. AND MEWELDE MOORE COMES
INTO THE GAME. AND THAT’S ANTONIO SMITH
COMING OFF THE LINE AND SAYING
THAT HE WAS INDUCED. RIGHT. THE CARDINALS
WERE IN A THREE-MAN LINE. AND THEY HAD SIX DEFENSIVE BACKS
ON THAT DEFENSE. FALSE START. OFFENSE, NUMBER 62. 5-YARD PENALTY.
THIRD DOWN. THAT’S THE CENTER,
JUSTIN HARTWIG. IT LOOKED LIKE
THEY WERE GONNA BLITZ. THEY HAD —
IT WAS A 3-2-6. LOOKED LIKE HARTWIG WAS GETTING
READY TO PICK UP A BLITZ. HERE HE IS.
YOU SEE HE’S TALKING. HE HAS HIS LEFT POINT. HE’S POINTING OUT WHO’S
THE MIKE, WHO’S GONNA COME. AND THEN HE MADE
THAT LITTLE MOVE THERE, AND ANTONIO SMITH
JUST TOOK OFF. NOW THIRD DOWN AND 10. THREE DOWN LINEMEN
FOR THE CARDS. HOW MANY WILL THEY SEND?
AS THEY SHOW BLITZ. AND THEY’RE COMING. AND ROETHLISBERGER IS ABLE
TO STEP UP AND EXTEND THE PLAY. AND HE COMES BACK
THE OTHER WAY. AND HE ALMOST FALLS DOWN.
AND THEN HE GETS IT OFF! AND IT IS CAUGHT AT THE
33-YARD LINE BY HEATH MILLER. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT
ROETHLISBERGER DOES SO WELL. EVERY TIME YOU THINK
THE PLAY IS OVER, IT’S NOT. THAT’S BEN ROETHLISBERGER
JUST BEING SUPERMAN. I MEAN,
HE IS SO BIG AND STRONG. AND YOU CAN BLITZ HIM,
AND YOU CAN GET TO HIM, BUT YOU DON’T
GET HIM TO THE GROUND. AND THIS IS WHAT HE DOES
WHEN HE SCRAMBLES. HE’S NOT LOOKING TO RUN. HE’S LOOKING TO RESET HIMSELF,
CONTINUE TO LOOK UPFIELD, AND FIND A RECEIVER. SEE, HE SETS A POCKET
OUT THERE. THEN HE COMES BACK,
SETS A POCKET OVER THERE, AND FINALLY FINDS
HEATH MILLER. WILDCAT RIGHT NOW. WILLIE PARKER IS GONNA TAKE
THE SNAP. PARKER.
OUT OF THE WILDCAT. BREAKS A TACKLE IN THE BACKFIELD
AND THEN CUTS IT BACK AND GETS JUST ABOUT
BACK TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. GERALD HAYES,
THE MIDDLE LINEBACKER, ALMOST STOPPED HIM
FOR A 4-YARD LOSS. BUT ON A THIRD AND 10, ROETHLISBERGER
NOT ONLY ESCAPING, JOHN, BUT SPINNING
ALL THE WAY AROUND, FINDING THE RECEIVER
FOR 11 YARDS. RIGHT. AND THAT’S
VERY DIFFICULT TO COACH. AND BRUCE ARIANS, THE OFFENSIVE
COORDINATOR, KNOWS THAT. BUT I’M VERY IMPRESSED WITH
THE WAY HE’S CALLING THIS GAME. IT’S A VERY GOOD PACE.
HE HAS GREAT MIXTURE. HE’S GOING FROM TWO TIGHT ENDS,
THREE TIGHT ENDS, THREE WIDE RECEIVERS. MIXING UP HIS FORMATIONS.
MIXING UP HIS SNAP COUNT. ON THAT FIRST DRIVE, THEY WENT
A LOT ON QUICK COUNT — FIRST SOUND. 2 1/2 TO GO
IN THE QUARTER. PARKER SETS UP
IN THE SLOT. MILLER COMES OVER
ON THE LEFT SIDE. ON SECOND AND 10. IT’S DUMPED OFF
ON A MIDDLE SCREEN TO MILLER. AND HE GETS BANGED DOWN BUT NOT UNTIL HE PICKS UP
A FIRST DOWN. CALAIS CAMPBELL, THE ROOKIE
OUT OF MIAMI, MAKES THE STOP. AND THEY’LL MOVE
THE CHAINS. AND AGAIN, THE JOB
THAT BEN ROETHLISBERGER IS DOING AND THAT BRUCE ARIANS IS DOING
IN CALLING THESE PLAYS — THIS IS JUST A SCREEN PASS
TO YOUR TIGHT END. YOU JUST LET HIM GO
LIKE HE’S BLOCKING AND THEN GET IN
BEHIND HIS TACKLE. MILLER,
THEIR THIRD-LEADING RECEIVER DURING THE REGULAR SEASON —
48 CATCHES, THREE TOUCHDOWNS. THE CLOSER THEY GET
TO THE GOAL LINE, THE BETTER BEN LIKES HIM. WILLIE PARKER
OVER THE RIGHT SIDE. FINDS THE HOLE
AND GETS DRAGGED DOWN BUT NOT UNTIL HE PICKS UP
9 YARDS. TACKLED THERE
BY ADRIAN WILSON. SEAN McHUGH LED THE BLOCK. AND AT THIS POINT IN THE GAME,
PITTSBURGH HAS OUTGAINED ARIZONA 131 YARDS TO 13. YEAH, WHEN YOU GET
SEAN McHUGH IN THERE, THAT MEANS THAT YOU HAVE
THREE TIGHT ENDS IN THERE. AND YOU JUST WATCH
YOUR CENTER. RIGHT HERE
HE MAKES A GOOD BLOCK. HARTWIG —
THAT’S A TOUGH BLOCK TO MAKE. WHEN YOU HAVE A GUY
ON YOUR OUTSIDE SHOULDER TO THE SIDE
YOU’RE RUNNING TO AND YOU CAN WHIP
YOUR BODY AROUND AND HOOK HIM, THAT IS A BIG PLAY
BY JUSTIN HARTWIG. SECOND AND A SHORT 2. QUICK PASS.
SLANT. HOLMES. THAT’S A FIRST DOWN. RODGERS-CROMARTIE MAKING
THE TACKLE. AND SO PITTSBURGH
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR AGAIN. THEY GOT INSIDE THE 1. A CHALLENGE BY WHISENHUNT
WAS UPHELD. THEY SETTLED FOR 3. THAT WHOLE THING
ABOUT BEN ROETHLISBERGER AND BEING NERVOUS
LAST TIME AND MAYBE BEING NERVOUS
THIS TIME — THERE’S NOTHING TO IT, IS THERE?
LOOK AT THAT. NOTHING LIKE EXPERIENCE. HE’S BEEN
TO THE RODEO BEFORE. RIGHT. AND AS MIKE TOMLIN SAID,
HE’S A DIFFERENT GUY. HE’S A DIFFERENT GUY NOW THAN HE WAS
THE LAST TIME THEY WERE HERE. BALL AT THE 8. WASHINGTON.
THEY FAKE IT TO HIM. THEY GIVE IT TO PARKER. AND PARKER TAKES THE BALL
TO THE 5-YARD LINE. ANTREL ROLLE, THE SAFETY,
MAKING THE TACKLE, AS THE CLOCK TICKS DOWN
TO THE END OF THE FIRST QUARTER. AND ROETHLISBERGER SAYS,
“LET’S GO THE OTHER WAY. LET’S GO TOWARD THE SOUTH.
WE’RE DONE WITH THE NORTH.” THEY PICKED UP 3 POINTS
IN THE QUARTER. THEY’LL HAVE A SECOND AND GOAL
WHEN WE COME BACK. THAT IS THE END OF THE FIRST
QUARTER IN SUPER BOWL XLIII. AL MICHAELS, JOHN MADDEN,
TAMPA, SUPER BOWL XLIII. LOOK AT ROETHLISBERGER. THOSE WERE HIS TOTAL NUMBERS
IN SUPER BOWL XL, AND TONIGHT A TREMENDOUS
FIRST QUARTER, JOHN. WELL, HE STARTED RIGHT OFF HERE
WITH THAT BOOTLEG AND HITTING HINES WARD. THEN HE COMES BACK.
AND WATCH THE HIT THAT HE TAKES. BUT HE THROWS A PERFECT PASS
TO HEATH MILLER. NOW, THIS IS SOMETHING. THIS IS JUST BEN ROETHLISBERGER
HERE. ONE OF THE THINGS
THE CARDINALS ARE TRYING TO DO IS TACKLE
HIS THROWING ARM. THEY TRIED THAT.
IT DIDN’T WORK. SO NOW
IT’S SECOND AND GOAL. WE START
THE SECOND QUARTER. NOBODY BEHIND
ROETHLISBERGER. AND HE HITS MILLER
OVER THE MIDDLE. AND MILLER IS GONNA GET STOOD UP
AT ABOUT THE 1 1/2-YARD LINE AS HE RUNS
RIGHT INTO GERALD HAYES. AND SO NOW IT’S GOING TO BE
THIRD AND GOAL AGAIN. AND THIS IS THE SECOND SKIRMISH
WE’VE HAD THUS FAR TONIGHT. USUALLY IN A SKIRMISH YOU’LL FIND HINES WARD
RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT. FOR A WIDE RECEIVER, I THINK HE’S THE SCRAPPIEST GUY
THERE IS. HE LOVES TO DO
ALL THOSE PHYSICAL THINGS. HE’LL BLOCK.
HE’LL BLOCK A DEFENSIVE END. HE’LL BLOCK A LINEBACKER. IF THERE’S A FIGHT TO BE FOUGHT,
HE WANTS TO BE PART OF IT. THE OLD BOXING TERM —
“POUND FOR POUND.” MAYBE THE TOUGHEST
IN THE LEAGUE. YEAH, IF WE WERE CHOOSING
TO DO SOMETHING, I’D THINK
I’D TAKE HINES WARD FIRST. MM-HMM. THIRD DOWN AND GOAL. THEY GO TO THE SHORT-YARDAGE
GUYS. GARY RUSSELL IS
THE SHORT-YARDAGE MAN. LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS. HE WAS FACED WITH THIRD AND GOAL
IN THE FIRST QUARTER. ORIGINALLY GOT IN,
BUT IT WAS CHALLENGED. AND THE CHALLENGE
WAS UPHELD. SO NOW HERE WE ARE AGAIN
ON A THIRD DOWN AND GOAL AT THE 1-YARD LINE. THEY’RE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME
ON THIS PLAY. THEY TALKED ABOUT IT AND THEY
WENT BACK IN THE HUDDLE. THEN HE WENT OVER
AND TALKED ABOUT IT AGAIN. YOU’D HAVE TO THINK
IT’S A PASS PLAY, WOULDN’T YOU? WELL, HE HAS 150 TO 200 PLAYS
ON THAT WRISTBAND, SO MAYBE
THEY NEEDED SOME HELP WITH THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM
OR SOMETHING TO FIND IT. JUST IMAGINE WHAT THE PRINT
LOOKS LIKE ON THAT. YOU’D BETTER HAVE
TED WILLIAMS’ EYESIGHT. THIRD AND GOAL. RUSSELL. PUTS HIS HEAD DOWN.
DOES HE GET INTO THE END ZONE? HE DOES.
TOUCHDOWN! [ CROWD CHEERING ] HE GOES RIGHT BETWEEN
RIGHT GUARD DARNELL STAPLETON AND RIGHT TACKLE WILLIE COLON
RIGHT HERE. THEY GET OFF.
THEY GET OFF WELL. THEY GET A GOOD DOUBLE TEAM.
THEY GET A PUSH. THEY PUSH DOCKETT
RIGHT BACK INTO THE END ZONE. HERE’S WHERE IT ALL STARTS,
RIGHT HERE. THEY GET HIM UP,
THEN THEY GET HIM GOING BACK, AND THEN THEY GET
A TOUCHDOWN. PARKER IS
THEIR REGULAR BACK. MOORE IS
THEIR THIRD-DOWN BACK. AND RUSSELL IS THE GUY
ON SHORT YARDAGE. REED FOR THE EXTRA POINT. AND THAT KICK IS JUST INSIDE
THE RIGHT UPRIGHT. GOOD-LOOKING SHOT. TONIGHT’S AERIAL COVERAGE
BROUGHT TO YOU BY BUD LIGHT. DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FLORIDA. RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM,
JUST UP DALE MABRY AND THE SITE
OF SUPER BOWL XLIII. AND TONIGHT, 12 1/2 MINUTES OF
POSSESSION TIME FOR PITTSBURGH ON THOSE TWO DRIVES. AND ARIZONA HAS HAD THE BALL
FOR FIVE PLAYS. AND WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE THE BALL
FOR FIVE PLAYS, OBVIOUSLY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO
GET IN ANY KIND OF A RHYTHM. AND THAT’S WHAT
KURT WARNER IS. HE’S A RHYTHM QUARTERBACK, AND
HE HASN’T GOTTEN STARTED YET. AND ON THIS DRIVE,
I THINK HE’D BETTER GET STARTED. REED’S KICK. ARRINGTON MOVES OVER
TO HIS RIGHT. AND THEN HE DROPS IT,
PICKS IT BACK UP. GETS UP PAST
THE 10-YARD LINE AND IS TAKEN DOWN
AT THE 17-YARD LINE. PITTSBURGH SEEKING AN UNPRECEDENTED SIXTH SUPER
BOWL TITLE. CARDINALS IN THE SUPER BOWL
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. START AT THE 17-YARD LINE. JAMES, THE RUNNING BACK.
HE’S CARRIED TWICE FOR 3 YARDS. WARNER.
GOOD POCKET. THROWS INCOMPLETE. LEADING HIS TIGHT END
A LITTLE TOO MUCH. THAT’S LEONARD POPE. KURT WARNER’S STATS
FOR THE SEASON — AGAIN, HE WAS IN COMPETITION
WITH MATT LEINART AT THE ONSET OF THE SEASON. AND THERE HE WAS —
SECOND IN COMPLETION PERCENTAGE. SECOND IN YARDS
TO DREW BREES. 30 T.D. PASSES. THIRD IN RATING. THAT TIME HE LOOKED LIKE
HE WAS TRYING TO GET THE BALL TO LARRY FITZGERALD DEEP. THEN HE HAD TO COME ACROSS LATER
TO THE CROSSER. LARRY FITZGERALD
HAD NOTHING OUT HERE ON THE BOTTOM
OF THE SCREEN. WE SAW MATT LEINART,
HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. BACKUP QUARTERBACK
TO WARNER. FOUR-MAN RUSH. THE PASS GOES TO THE OUTSIDE,
AND THEY GO TO JAMES. AND JAMES VERY CLOSE
TO A FIRST DOWN. SO THEY GO TO POPE
AND TO JAMES ON THE TEAM
THAT HAS THREE WIDE RECEIVERS EACH WITH 1,000 YARDS. YEAH, THAT’S WHAT
I WAS SAYING EARLIER. I MEAN, EVENTUALLY,
HE’S GOING TO GET TO THOSE GUYS. I THINK HE TRIED
A LITTLE RUNNING. USUALLY, IF THEY THROW THE BALL
TO THE OUTSIDE, IT’S USUALLY
TO THE RUNNING BACK. MOST OF THE WIDE RECEIVERS
CATCH INSIDE STUFF. THEY THROW VERY LITTLE OUTS
TO THEIR WIDE RECEIVERS. SECOND FIRST DOWN
FOR ARIZONA. PITTSBURGH HAS EIGHT. TERRELLE SMITH — THEY BRING
HIM IN AS THE FULLBACK. FAKE TO JAMES.
OFF PLAY-ACTION. WARNER STEPS UP, THROWS. GOES TO JAMES AGAIN. SO THEY FAKE IT TO HIM
AND THEN GO BACK TO HIM. HE’S COVERED BY THE LINEBACKER,
JAMES FARRIOR. AND THAT TIME
BRETT KEISEL CAME IN AND PUT A LICK ON WARNER
AS HE RELEASED. AND THAT’S THE THING. YOU KNOW THAT PASS PROTECTION
IS GONNA BE A THING. AND KURT WARNER SAYS
THAT WHAT HE LIKES TO DO IS, WHEN HE’S TRYING TO GO DEEP,
TO HAVE AN OUTLET. SO THAT’S WHAT JAMES WAS,
IS THE OUTLET. GOOD PASS PROTECTION HERE
ON LaMARR WOODLEY. YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO
GET HIM BLOCKED ALSO. WE TALK ABOUT HARRISON. BUT IF YOU PAY
TOO MUCH ATTENTION TO HARRISON, YOU’RE GONNA GET SOME
FROM WOODLEY. AND THAT TIME THEY GOT IT
FROM BRETT KEISEL. PLANT JOB. HIGHTOWER IS THE BACK. SECOND AND 5. WARNER UNDER PRESSURE.
THROWS TO THE OUTSIDE. THAT’S A NICE CATCH
MADE BY STEVE BREASTON. HE’S THE NUMBER-THREE GUY. FITZGERALD IS THE MEGASTAR,
BOLDIN IS TERRIFIC, AND BREASTON KIND OF
SNEAKS HIS WAY THROUGH. SECOND-YEAR MAN
OUT OF MICHIGAN. FIFTH-ROUND DRAFT CHOICE
LAST YEAR. AND THAT’S WHAT
HE’S THROWING HERE. HE’S THROWING AGAINST
THE SIX DEFENSIVE BACKS. AND HERE IT’S JUST A QUICK OUT
TO BREASTON. WE TALK ABOUT
JAMES HARRISON AND THAT MATCHUP OVER THERE
ON MIKE GANDY. NOW, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE
A GUARD STEP OUT AND HELP GANDY. HE’S NOT GONNA BE ALL BY HIMSELF
DOWN THERE ON HARRISON. FROM THE 39-YARD LINE. EDGERRIN JAMES. AND AGAIN, IT’S
THE LOWEST-RATED RUNNING ATTACK DURING THE REGULAR SEASON. JAMES FARRIOR AND BRETT KEISEL
ARE IN ON THE TACKLE. AND ARIZONA
HAS BEGUN THIS GAME WITH THEIR FIRST FOUR
RUSHING PLAYS GAINING 4 YARDS. AND WHAT WILL
PROBABLY BE THE THING THAT THEY’LL
GET TO HERE IS, IS YOU PASS ON RUNNING DOWNS
AND YOU RUN ON PASSING DOWNS. BECAUSE WHEN THEY
GET IN THAT TWO-MAN LINE, SIX DEFENSIVE BACKS —
THE STEELERS — I THINK THAT WOULD BE
A LOT EASIER RUNNING THAN THIS BASE DEFENSE
THAT THEY’RE IN NOW. THIS IS DARN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE
TO GAIN YARDAGE RUNNING ON. OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. YOU SAW A SHOT OF HIM —
TODD HALEY. NOW THEY SWING IT
TO THE OUTSIDE. AND THIS IS CAUGHT
BY JAMES. AND JAMES TO THE 49-YARD LINE,
ACROSS MIDFIELD, BREAKING OUT OF
A TROY POLAMALU TACKLE. THAT’S A GAIN OF 11 YARDS AND ANOTHER FIRST DOWN
FOR THE CARDINALS. THAT’S WHAT
THE CARDINALS LIKE TO DO. THEY BRING THEIR ENDS IN. YOU SEE HOW THEY NARROW DOWN
THE SPLIT THERE. AND THEN
IF YOU COME INSIDE WITH THEM, IF YOUR COVERAGE
COMES THERE, THEN THEY’RE GOING TO SLIP
THE BACK OUTSIDE OF THEM. TROY POLAMALU — YOU’RE NOT
GOING TO SEE A LOT OF THOSE. I MEAN, TROY POLAMALU,
USUALLY, WHEN HE GETS HIS SIGHTS ON YOU,
HE’S GONNA GET YOU. THAT WAS A GOOD MOVE THERE
BY EDGERRIN JAMES. JAMES HAS CAUGHT
THREE PASSES TONIGHT. FITZGERALD HAS BEEN BLANKED
TO THIS POINT. HERE’S HIGHTOWER,
THE ROOKIE OUT OF RICHMOND, WITH SOME TOUGH RUNNING
TO THE 46-YARD LINE. POLAMALU COMING IN,
AND THEN LARRY FOOTE. THIS IS GONNA BE
A HOLDING PENALTY AGAINST THE CARDINALS. THEY LIKE TO GET HIGHTOWER
TO THE OUTSIDE RUNNING AND EDGERRIN JAMES
RUNNING INSIDE. BEN PATRICK,
THE TIGHT END, I THINK IS THE GUY
WHO IS GONNA GET CALLED HERE. AND IT IS —
PATRICK, THE TIGHT END. AND THAT’S THE SECOND
HOLDING CALL NOW IN THE GAME AGAINST THE OFFENSIVE LINE. HIGHTOWER STAYS IN
TO FLANK WARNER OUT OF THE GUN. A THREE-BY-ONE SET.
THREE RECEIVERS TO THE RIGHT. THEY PUT HIGHTOWER IN THE SLOT.
SEND HIM INTO THE PATTERN. AND THE PASS IS JUGGLED
AND CAUGHT BY STEVE BREASTON. BREASTON TO
THE 46-YARD LINE. IT WAS FIRST AND 20. BREASTON IS ABLE TO PICK UP,
ON THAT PLAY, 13 YARDS. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN AND 7. YOU TALK TO KURT WARNER,
AND THIS IS WHAT HE WANTS TO DO. THIS IS AN EMPTY
BACKFIELD. SPREAD OUT THE OFFENSE.
SPREAD OUT THE DEFENSE. JUST READ THE DEFENSE
AND GET IT TO THE OPEN GUY. STEVE BREASTON GREW UP
JUST OUTSIDE OF PITTSBURGH. LOVED THE STEELERS. DREAMED OF PLAYING IN THE SUPER
BOWL WITH THE STEELERS. HE PLAYS
AGAINST THE STEELERS. A TON OF TIME. WARNER SURVEYS, THROWS. AND HE HITS ANQUAN BOLDIN,
WHO’S INSIDE THE 10! AND HE GETS TAKEN DOWN
AT THE 2-YARD LINE. WELL, SOONER OR LATER. BOLDIN AND FITZGERALD
HAD NOT CAUGHT A SINGLE PASS. IT TOOK 20 MINUTES.
BUT HERE IT IS FOR 45 YARDS. AND KURT WARNER
CAN STILL GET THE DEEP ONES WHEN HE GETS
THIS KIND OF PROTECTION. IT’S A LITTLE
PLAY-ACTION PASS. BUT LOOK
AT THE PROTECTION. LOOK AT THE TIME THAT HE HAS
TO LOOK, TO READ, TO FIND THE OPEN GUY, AND THEN STEP UP
AND THROW IT TO ANQUAN BOLDIN. BOLDIN KIND OF RUNS
AN OPTION ROUTE HERE. STARTS TO THE INSIDE, GETS THE
DEFENSE TO COME TO THE INSIDE, THEN GOES BACK OUT. RAN AWAY FROM McFADDEN. HIGHTOWER IS THE BACK. AND WARNER, AS HE’S BEEN PRONE
TO DO RECENTLY, STARTS TO STUMBLE. AND THEN THE PASS IS CAUGHT
IN THE END ZONE BY BEN PATRICK,
THE TIGHT END! KURT WARNER,
IN EVERY POSTSEASON GAME, HAS BEEN GETTING TANGLED UP
WITH HIS OFFENSIVE LINEMEN. BUT THAT TIME HE’S ABLE
TO MAINTAIN HIS BALANCE AND HITS PATRICK
FOR THE SCORE. AND IT’S USUALLY HE GETS
STEPPED ON BY HIS CENTER, AND IT’S HAPPENED
IN EVERY GAME THAT WE’VE SEEN SO FAR
IN THE PLAYOFFS. BUT KURT WARNER IS ABLE TO COME
OUT OF THE PLAY-ACTION PASS AND MAKE A PERFECT THROW. BEN PATRICK DID NOT CATCH
A TOUCHDOWN PASS DURING THE REGULAR SEASON. CAUGHT THE 2-POINT CONVERSION
AGAINST PHILADELPHIA AT THE END OF THAT LAST DRIVE. TODD HALEY,
THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, GOING OVER THAT LAST DRIVE
WITH WARNER. AN 83-YARD DRIVE WITH JUST
ONE RUSH AND EIGHT PASS PLAYS, THREE OF THOSE EARLY ON
TO EDGERRIN JAMES. RACKERS TO SEND THE BALL
TO THE 5-YARD LINE. COLLECTED THERE
BY GARY RUSSELL. RUSSELL TO THE OUTSIDE, AND HE’S
RUN OUT OF BOUNDS AT THE 22. AND, JOHN, WE WERE TRYING TO
FIGURE OUT THIS WEEK, WITH WARNER IN POSTSEASON,
WHETHER HE WAS JUST BEING KLUTZY OR WHETHER HE WAS TRIPPING OVER
HIS OFFENSIVE LINEMEN’S FEET. YEAH, AND IT’S THE CENTER
MOST OF THE TIME. SEE, HE KEEPS HIS LEFT FOOT
UP THERE ON RUNNING PLAYS OR ON PLAY-ACTION PASSES. AND THE CENTER HAS
A PROBLEM. IF THE GUY’S
ON HIS LEFT SHOULDER, HE’LL STEP ON HIM
WITH HIS LEFT FOOT. IF THE GUY’S
ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER, HE’LL STEP ON HIM
WITH HIS RIGHT FOOT. HE’S GOING LEFT. NOW, WATCH HIS LEFT FOOT,
RIGHT THERE, COME BACK AND STEP
ON KURT WARNER FOOT. YOU’D THINK AT SOME POINT
THEY WOULD SAY, “KURT, PUT THAT LEFT FOOT BACK
A LITTLE,” ESPECIALLY WHEN HE KNOWS
HE’S SHADED TO THAT SIDE. AND OF ALL THINGS,
IT RESULTS IN A TOUCHDOWN. AND THEN ON A ROLL
TO THE RIGHT, IT IS CAREY DAVIS
FOR A GAIN OF ABOUT 5 YARDS. YOU KNOW, JOHN,
EVERY YEAR WE TALK ABOUT TEAMS BEFORE THE SEASON STARTS,
AND YOU’RE ALWAYS SAYING, “WELL, THIS TEAM
FIGURES TO FACE THIS TEAM.” AND MAYBE IT WAS THE GIANTS
AND THE COWBOYS IN THE NFC. AND WE TALKED ABOUT
THE BIG THREE IN THE AFC. PITTSBURGH WAS ABOUT THE FOURTH
OR FIFTH CHOICE CONSENSUSWISE. AND ARIZONA WAS ABOUT SIXTH
OR SEVENTH IN THE NFC. I DON’T EVEN KNOW
THAT ARIZONA WAS MENTIONED, TEAMS THAT YOU WOULD SAY, “WHO’S GONNA BE
IN THE SUPER BOWL?” AND THEN PITTSBURGH HAD
THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE. AND LIKE YOU SAID,
YOU HAVE NEW ENGLAND, YOU HAVE INDY,
YOU HAVE SAN DIEGO. AND THEN MAYBE AFTER THOSE GUYS,
MAYBE THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS. SECOND AND 4. PARKER SLIPS AWAY
FROM WILSON. AND INSTEAD OF A LOSS —
AND THEN WILSON TRACKS HIM DOWN. SO ADRIAN CAME
INTO THE BACKFIELD. THAT’S HOW QUICK HE IS. AND HE’S THE DOMINANT FORCE
ON THAT ARIZONA DEFENSE. AND THEN
AFTER THE TACKLE WAS ESCAPED, BACK HE GOES
TO CATCH HIM FROM BEHIND. YOU KNOW,
HE REALLY IS A LINEBACKER IN THE NUMBER
OF A DEFENSIVE BACK AND THE BODY
OF A DEFENSIVE BACK. HE IS A BIG GUY.
HE’S 6’3″. AND WHEN HE’S UP CLOSE
TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, HE REALLY BECOMES
THE FOURTH LINEBACKER. AND HE PLAYS
LIKE A LINEBACKER. HE DOES NOT PLAY
LIKE A DEFENSIVE BACK. 6’3 AND 230, WHICH MEANS HE’S ABOUT
25 POUNDS MORE THAN WARNER. KURT DOWN
IN THE VERY LOW 200s. FIRST AND 10. ROETHLISBERGER.
THE PUMP FAKE. AND HE’S GONNA TAKE A SHOT
DOWN THE FIELD. AND IT’S RODGERS-CROMARTIE
WHO GOT HIS HANDS ON IT. OUTSTANDING COVERAGE
ON SANTONIO HOLMES. IT’LL BE SECOND AND 10. RODGERS-CROMARTIE
IS DOING A HECK OF A JOB. THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD GET
A DOUBLE MOVE ON HIM. AND THAT’S WHAT THEY DO. YOU SEE
HOLMES IS GONNA COME OUT, AND THEN HE’S GONNA RUN
AN OUT-AND-UP. CROMARTIE STARTED TO TAKE
A LITTLE HALF A STEP THERE. BUT HE IS SO QUICK IN HIS TURN,
IN HIS REACTION, HE GOT BACK AND KNOCKED
THAT BALL OUT OF THERE. HE’S MADE TWO GREAT PLAYS
SO FAR. HE’S SO QUICK,
HE STARTED TO SLIP ON THAT PLAY AND STILL CAUGHT UP. THAT’S WHEN YOU KNOW
YOU HAVE SPEED, WHEN YOU CAN SLIP
AND BEAT A GUY. SECOND AND 10. OFF THE FAKE. SET UP THE SCREEN, BUT THERE’S
NO BLOCKING RIGHT THERE. AND THE POP IS MADE
BY KARLOS DANSBY ON WILLIE PARKER. THE CARDINAL DEFENSE, THEY DON’T GET A LOT
OF NATIONAL TELEVISION EXPOSURE. YOU DON’T HEAR
ABOUT A LOT OF THESE GUYS. BUT THERE WAS
VERY LITTLE DOUBT IN THE VOICE OF CLANCY PENDERGAST,
THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, THE OTHER DAY
WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT HIS MVP. HE SAYS, “KARLOS DANSBY
JUST DOES SO MUCH FOR US.” WELL, YOU CAN SEE HIM
CALL THE DEFENSES, SO YOU KNOW THAT HE’S
THE QUARTERBACK OF THE DEFENSE. AND HE’S NOT ONLY
A PRETTY GOOD PASS RUSHER, HE’S A VERY GOOD TACKLER, BUT
HE’S VERY GOOD IN PASS DEFENSE. YOU SEE HIM BACK HERE. HE LINES UP DEEPER THAN MOST
LINEBACKERS ON PASSING DOWNS. HE’S 8 YARDS BACK HERE. THIRD AND 12. BEN.
THE FLAG IS THROWN. ROETHLISBERGER THROWS.
THAT’S HOLMES. AND FOR THE MOMENT, THEY HAVE
A FIRST DOWN AT THE 41. BUT WHEN YOU SEE A FLAG COME IN
FROM THAT ANGLE, IT’S ALMOST ALWAYS
OFFENSIVE HOLDING. HOLDING. OFFENSE, NUMBER 68. 10-YARD PENALTY.
THIRD DOWN. CHRIS KEMOEATU,
THE LEFT GUARD. RIGHT. AND IT WAS
WAY BACK ON THE OTHER SIDE. KEMOEATU IS
THE LEFT GUARD, AND BEN SCRAMBLED
OUT TO THE RIGHT, SO THE HOLDING
WAS WAY AWAY FROM THE PLAY. HERE’S CHRIS KEMOEATU
RIGHT HERE. SEE HIM? HE LOOKS — OOP!
THERE, RIGHT THERE. HE GOT THE OLD ARM AROUND
THE NECK ON DARNELL DOCKETT. DOCKETT IS A GUY
THAT IS TOUGH TO BLOCK TOO. YOU SAY,
“WHO’S GONNA GET THE PENETRATION ON THAT FRONT LINE
OF THE CARDINALS?” IT’S USUALLY
GONNA BE DOCKETT. A LOT OF VERY KEY PLAYS DURING THE PLAYOFFS
IN PARTICULAR. AND TERRY McAULAY
WILL MAKE THE CALL AGAIN HERE. IT’S A THIRD AND 22
THAT’S GONNA GO TO A… ENCROACHMENT. DEFENSE, NUMBER 90. 5-YARD PENALTY.
THIRD DOWN. GO TO A THIRD AND 17.
THAT’S DOCKETT. MAYBE THAT’S HOW HE GETS
SO MUCH PENETRATION — HE JUMPS EARLY. BUT, YOU KNOW,
HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS, WHEN YOU FIRST WATCH FILM
AND PEOPLE FLASH IN FRONT OF YOU OR FLASH THE WAY
THEY’RE PLAYING — DARNELL DOCKETT IS A GUY
THAT FLASHED TO ME WHEN I FIRST STARTED WATCHING
THIS CARDINAL DEFENSE. HE’LL PLAY NOSE TACKLE, AS HE IS
NOW, IN THE THREE-MAN LINE. THEN HE PLAYS WHAT THEY CALL
THE THREE TECHNIQUE MOST OF THE TIME — THE OUTSIDE
SHOULDER OF THE GUARD. BUT RIGHT NOW
HE’S THIS GUY RIGHT HERE. HIS FORCED FUMBLE
IN THE ATLANTA WILD-CARD GAME TURNED THAT GAME
EARLY IN THE SECOND HALF. THIRD AND 17. A LITTLE DUMP-OFF
TO MOORE. AND HE’LL GET TAKEN DOWN
AT THE 33-YARD LINE. AND THERE IS DOCKETT
IN ON THE COVERAGE AS WELL WITH RODGERS-CROMARTIE. THAT’S ONE OF THE WAYS
THAT HE FLASHED. HE WOULD START ON A PASS RUSH
AND IF THE BALL IS THROWN, HE WILL ALWAYS TURN
AND RUN. IT CAN BE COMPLETED
10 YARDS DOWN THE FIELD, AND DARNELL DOCKETT
WILL END UP BEING DOWN THERE. MITCH BERGER TO PUNT. STEVE BREASTON RAN A PUNT BACK
FOR A TOUCHDOWN WHEN THESE TWO TEAMS MET
IN THE REGULAR SEASON LAST YEAR. THE VETERAN BERGER
WITH A LINE-DRIVE KICK. BREASTON FIELDS IT
AT THE 23-YARD LINE. BREASTON COMING AROUND
THE CORNER. UP PAST THE 30.
THE 40. INTO STEELER TERRITORY. AND ALL THE WAY
TO THE PITTSBURGH 42-YARD LINE! [ CROWD CHEERING ] IT’S A 43-YARD PUNT BY BERGER
AND A 35-YARD RETURN. AND WHEN YOU KICK IT THAT LOW,
YOU’RE NORMALLY GONNA SET UP THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOMEBODY
LIKE BREASTON TO RUN IT BACK. THE INTERESTING THING — I THINK IT WAS
SUPPOSED TO GO TO THE RIGHT. YOU SEE HOW BREASTON
STARTS THERE TO HIS RIGHT. IT WAS GOOD COVERAGE
TO THAT SIDE. BACK ON THIS SIDE, THE STEELERS
ARE OUT OF THEIR LANES. SO HE STARTED TO THE RIGHT,
WHERE IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO, WHERE HE HAD THE BLOCKING, AND THEN HE REVERSED FIELD,
GOT A GOOD BLOCK RIGHT THERE, AND THEN HE WAS ABLE
TO BREAK IN THE OPEN. MONTY BEISEL,
THE BACKUP LINEBACKER, SPECIAL-TEAMS STAR. NOW WARNER IS GONNA
HAND THE BALL TO JAMES. A LITTLE STIFF-ARM. AND JAMES COMES
TO THE SHORT SIDE OF THE FIELD AND GETS RUN OUT OF BOUNDS
AFTER A NICE GAIN. FORCED OUT
BY JAMES FARRIOR. EDGERRIN JAMES — REMEMBER
HE WENT TO INDIANAPOLIS IN 1999. THAT ENABLED INDIANAPOLIS TO TRADE MARSHALL FAULK
TO THE RAMS. FAULK AND WARNER TEAM UP
FOR A SUPER BOWL TITLE, GO TO ANOTHER SUPER BOWL. AND NOW WE COME
FULL CIRCLE — JAMES AND WARNER
TRY TO WIN A TITLE. I ALWAYS THOUGHT WHEN THE COLTS
LOST EDGERRIN JAMES THAT THAT WAS GONNA BE
A GREAT BIG LOSS BECAUSE NOT ONLY
WAS HE A HECK OF A RUNNER, BUT HE WAS A GREAT PASS
PROTECTOR FOR PEYTON MANNING. SECOND AND 4. DOUBLE-TIGHT-END SET
FOR THE CARDS. WARNER.
WITH A FLAG TO BE THROWN. AND KURT’S PASS
IS INCOMPLETE. AND McAULAY
THROWING THE FLAG. THE PRESSURE WAS PUT ON
BY FARRIOR. PERSONAL FOUL.
CHOP BLOCK. OFFENSE, NUMBER 32. 15-YARD PENALTY.
SECOND DOWN. ON JAMES. WELL, IT WAS A BLITZ,
AND HE HAD TO HELP. IF A GUY IS ENGAGED
AND YOU COME AND CHOP HIM, THAT’S ILLEGAL. SEE, HE CAN BLOCK,
AND HE CAN EVEN CHOP, BUT IF THE GUY IS ENGAGED —
RIGHT HERE — HE CANNOT
BECAUSE OF THE ENGAGEMENT THERE. IF IT WERE JUST A SINGLE BLOCK,
HE COULD DO THAT. BUT THEY WERE COMING
ON THE BLITZ, TRYING TO GET PRESSURE ON
KURT WARNER RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. FOOTE’S THE GUY
THAT GOT CHOPPED. JAMES NOW ON THE BENCH
ON SECOND AND LONG. SECOND AND 19.
HIGHTOWER IS IN THE GAME. THE FAKE TO HIM. WARNER STEPS UP. AND HE’S GONNA GET SACKED
AT THE 45-YARD LINE. COMING IN FROM THE SIDE
AND BEHIND IS LaMARR WOODLEY. HE’S THE BOOKEND, OF COURSE,
BECAUSE YOU GOT JAMES HARRISON AS THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER
OF THE YEAR, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE
COMES NUMBER 56. THAT’S WHAT MIKE TOMLIN
IS SMILING ABOUT, BECAUSE HE KNEW
THAT THIS COULD HAPPEN. HE SAID
THAT HE TOLD WOODLEY, “IF THEY WANT TO TURN ALL THEIR
PROTECTION TO THE OTHER SIDE “AND YOU GET ONE ON ONE,
YOU HAVE TO BEAT IT, AND YOU HAVE TO COME UP
WITH BIG PLAYS FOR US.” FIVE SACKS IN POSTSEASON
FOR WOODLEY. NOW IT’S THIRD AND 22. AND AGAIN, FITZGERALD
HAS NOT CAUGHT A BALL. HE’S CAUGHT FIVE TOUCHDOWN
PASSES IN THE PLAYOFFS, AND THEY’VE ALL COME
IN THE FIRST HALF. TONIGHT, NOTHING. THERE HE IS. TAYLOR IS ON HIM. [ WHISTLES BLOWING ] AND ARIZONA’S GONNA TAKE
A TIME-OUT. FIRST CHARGED TIME-OUT,
ARIZONA. THIRD AND 22
WHEN WE COME BACK. 2:59 TO GO IN THE HALF. WHEN THE NUMBER-ONE DEFENSE
PLAYS IN THE SUPER BOWL, THE RESULT
IS NORMALLY TERRIFIC. AND THAT’S THE CASE HERE. THE STEELERS LED THE LEAGUE
IN DEFENSE. THE BUCS BEAT THE RAIDERS
IN ’02. THE PACKERS WON
THEIR SUPER BOWL AFTER LEADING THE LEAGUE
IN DEFENSE. OF COURSE,
YOU HAD THE ’85 BEARS. AND THERE IS DICK LeBEAU
AT 71 — HIS 50th YEAR
IN THE LEAGUE. THERE WAS SOME SPECULATION
ABOUT MAYBE TIME FOR RETIREMENT. BUT HE TOLD HIS TEAM
THE OTHER DAY, “NO WAY. YOU’RE NOT GETTING ME
OUT OF HERE.” IF YOU KNOW DICK LeBEAU,
HE’S 71 GOING ON 48. MM-HMM. WELL, HIS MOM IS 95.
GOOD GENES. RIGHT. HE HAS GREAT GENES,
AND HE HAS A GREAT MIND. AND PLAYERS LOVE HIM.
YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? HE LETS GUYS DO THINGS. PUTS THEM IN POSITIONS
TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS AND, YOU KNOW,
GIVE ILLUSIONS ON DEFENSE. AND THE THINGS THAT HE DOES
ON DEFENSE, I REALLY ADMIRE. HE RUSHES FOUR
ON A THIRD AND 22. AND THE PASS IS DROPPED BY JAMES
ON THE OUTSIDE. SO ARIZONA WITH A NICE START
TO THIS DRIVE, AND THEN IT’S STYMIED
NEAR MIDFIELD. AND THEY WILL PUNT WITH 2:55
TO GO IN THE SECOND QUARTER. ONE THING THAT STEELER DEFENSE
IS GIVING UP, THOUGH, IS THOSE FLATS. OF COURSE,
THAT WAS THIRD AND FOREVER, BUT THAT WHOLE TIME THEY’RE
COVERING THOSE INSIDE GUYS. WHEN THEY RUN INSIDE,
LIKE FITZGERALD GOES INSIDE
AND HOOKS AND SLANTS, THEY’RE REALLY COLLAPSING ON
THAT AND LEAVING THE FLATS OPEN. GRAHAM WITH A SORE GROIN. AND YOU’VE GOT
A FALSE START HERE, WHICH IS GONNA
BACK ARIZONA UP. FALSE START. OFFENSE, NUMBER 48. 5-YARD PENALTY.
FOURTH DOWN. GRAHAM GOT HURT. THEY WERE PRACTICING BEFORE
THE NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, AND THEY HAD HIM SLIDING OUT
WITH THE BALL AND PUNTING ON THE RUN,
SO HE GOT HURT. AND YOU COULD SEE HIM — EVERY TIME HE PUNTED
AGAINST PHILADELPHIA, HE’D PUNT, AND THEN
HE WOULD REALLY GRIMACE. HE’D LOOK TO THE SIDE
AND GRIMACE. THIS IS HIS SECOND PUNT,
RIGHT NOW, OF THE GAME. AND IT IS TAKEN
AT THE 16-YARD LINE. AND GREAT COVERAGE
RIGHT THERE! GOING DOWN THE FIELD. STEELERS —
THE DEFENSIVE BACKS HUDDLE. AND WHAT A JOB THEY’VE DONE
ON FITZGERALD. IF THERE IS A STUNNING STATISTIC
TO THIS POINT IN THE GAME, IT’S THE FACT
THAT HE HAS NO CATCHES. BOLDIN HAS ONE.
IT WAS GOOD FOR 45 YARDS. I THINK THE CARDINALS WILL LEARN
TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT, BECAUSE THEY’RE REALLY LOADING
UP DEFENSIVELY ON LARRY FITZGERALD. MEWELDE MOORE STARTS
AS THE RUNNING BACK FROM THE 16-YARD LINE. AND MOORE GETS IT BEFORE ROETHLISBERGER ALMOST
GOT TACKLED IN THE BACKFIELD. AND AT THE 22-YARD LINE,
THE STOP IS MADE. THAT WAS TRAVIS LaBOY
WHO CAME IN SO QUICKLY AROUND THE RIGHT-DEFENSIVE-END
SIDE THAT HE ALMOST GOT ROETHLISBERGER
BEFORE HE HANDED THE BALL OFF. LaBOY IS RIGHT HERE, AND HE JUST
MAKES A HECK OF A MOVE. OF COURSE, IT LOOKED LIKE
IT WAS GONNA BE A SCREEN PASS, SO THE TACKLE, MAX STARKS, HAD STARTED TO GO OUT
TO THE LEFT. AND HE’S PLAYING
WITH A TORN BICEPS THAT’S GONNA REQUIRE SURGERY —
55, LaBOY. SECOND DOWN AND 4
FROM THE 22-YARD LINE. BEN PROTECTED WELL. BUT THEN
HAS THAT DEFLECTED AND INTERCEPTED
AT THE 33-YARD LINE! KARLOS DANSBY WITH
THE DEFLECTION AND THE PICK. THAT’S WHAT WE WERE
TALKING ABOUT — KARLOS DANSBY BEING VERY GOOD
IN PASS DEFENSE. NO COACHES’ CHALLENGES ALLOWED
IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES. ROETHLISBERGER THIS YEAR
WAS MORE PRONE TO HAVING
PASSES DEFLECTED. HE HAD ONLY THREE LAST YEAR.
HE HAD NINE THIS SEASON. ROBINSON DEFLECTED IT.
DANSBY PICKED IT. WARNER STARTS FROM THE 34. TWO TIME-OUTS FOR ARIZONA. THE STEELERS HAVE TO WATCH OUT
FOR GADGET PLAYS BY THE CARDINALS
IN THIS AREA OF THE FIELD. WARNER ROLLING. RUNNING OUT OF ROOM. AND THEN HE’LL THROW THE BALL
OUT OF BOUNDS. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN
AND 10. ALSO COMING UP WILL BE
THE GATORADE HALFTIME REPORT. AND MR. BOB COSTAS AND THE GANG
ARE IN THE PIRATE SHIP, BUCCANEER COVE
HERE AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM. BOB AND THE PIRATES — HOPEFULLY
NONE OF THEM FROM SOMALIA. BUT WE’VE GOT A LOT OF FOLKS
UP THERE WITH HIM. IF YOU READ
ALL THOSE NAMES, IT WOULD BE HALFTIME
BEFORE YOU FINISHED. [ Laughing ] RIGHT. SECOND AND 10
FROM THE 34-YARD LINE. TIM HIGHTOWER
COMES INTO THE SLOT. FIVE RECEIVERS
INTO THE PATTERN. WARNER HIT AS HE THROWS.
AND THAT ONE IS ALMOST PICKED. INTENDED FOR FITZGERALD. LaMARR WOODLEY CAME IN AND DECKED WARNER
AS HE GOT RID OF IT. THIS IS WHAT KURT WARNER LIKES,
THOUGH. IT WAS AN EMPTY BACKFIELD. SO THE ONLY PROTECTORS
HE HAS RIGHT HERE. SO IF THEY BRING AN EXTRA GUY
FROM ONE SIDE LIKE YOU SEE WOODLEY
COME HERE, HE’S GONNA HAVE TO TAKE
THAT HIT. HE’S GONNA HAVE TO GET RID
OF THE BALL BEFORE HE GETS THERE AND TAKE THAT HIT,
BUT HE KNOWS THAT. HE KNOWS
WHERE THE PROTECTION IS, AND THAT’S WHAT HE WANTS. THIRD AND 10. THREE WIDE
AGAINST THE NICKEL. A LITTLE DUMP-OFF
GOES TO HIGHTOWER. HIGHTOWER WITH A NICE SLIP MOVE
TO THE OUTSIDE. AND TO THE 23
AND A FIRST DOWN. HE BREAKS AWAY FROM IKE TAYLOR
AND BY DOING SO TURNS WHAT WOULD’VE BEEN
A FOURTH DOWN INTO A FIRST DOWN. WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS,
THEY’RE SO WORRIED ABOUT LARRY FITZGERALD
WHEN HE GOES INSIDE THAT THEY’RE LETTING
THESE FLATS GO TO THE OUTSIDE. THEY’RE GOING HERE,
AND THEY’RE DOUBLING FITZGERALD, AND THEY HAVE EVERYONE
OUT THERE. AND THEN WHEN YOU GET
THE RUNNING BACK, WHETHER IT’S HIGHTOWER OR
IT’S EDGERRIN JAMES OR WHOEVER, THEN THAT’S GONNA BE
WIDE OPEN. FROM THE 24. THEY’LL GIVE THE BALL
TO HIGHTOWER AGAIN. HIGHTOWER A FIFTH-ROUND
DRAFT CHOICE OUT OF RICHMOND. AERIAL COVERAGE BEING BROUGHT
TO YOU TONIGHT BY BUD LIGHT. DOWNTOWN TAMPA.
GORGEOUS NIGHT. TEMPERATURE RIGHT NOW
LOW 60s. NO THREAT OF RAIN. BEN ROETHLISBERGER WATCHING
TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THAT TURNOVER. JAMES AND HIGHTOWER
NOW BOTH COME INTO THE BACKFIELD AFTER THAT ARIZONA
TIME-OUT. THE CARDINALS HAVE
ONE TIME-OUT LEFT IN THE HALF. SECOND AND 10. WARNER THROWS. AND FINALLY NUMBER 11,
FITZGERALD, MAKES THE CATCH. SOONER OR LATER. IT TOOK 29 MINUTES
AND A FEW SECONDS. BUT FITZGERALD MAKES THE CATCH.
IT’S 11 YARDS AND A FIRST DOWN. WELL, THEY PUT EDGERRIN JAMES
OUT IN THE FLAT THAT TIME, AND THEY COME OFF ON HIM
IN THE FLAT. AND IN DOING SO, THEY FINALLY LET FITZGERALD
GET AWAY FROM A DOUBLE. AND THEN ARIZONA COMES QUICKLY
UP TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND PITTSBURGH HAS TO TAKE
A TIME-OUT, THEIR SECOND. THEY’VE BEEN LETTING EDGERRIN
JAMES GO IN THE FLAT AND DOUBLING OUT HERE
ON FITZGERALD. YOU SEE IT HERE. HE STARTS INSIDE, AND THEY
COME OFF ON EDGERRIN JAMES. WHEN THEY DID THAT, THAT’S WHAT
THE CARDINALS WERE LOOKING FOR. “IF YOU’RE GONNA COME OFF
LIKE THIS, “WE’RE GONNA THROW IT
TO FITZGERALD. “IF YOU’RE GONNA STAY
ON FITZGERALD, WE’LL GET THE BALL OUT
TO EDGERRIN JAMES.” INTERESTING THING IS THEY
LINED POLAMALU UP ON HIM AND HAD IKE TAYLOR PLAYING
ALMOST IN A SAFETY SPOT. RIGHT.
IT’S AN INVERTED COVER 2. USUALLY IT’S THE CORNER
UP ON THE WIDE RECEIVER AND THE SAFETY DEEP. WHEN THEY PUT POLAMALU UP,
THEY INVERT IT, PUT THE SAFETY SHORT
AND THE CORNER DEEP. WARNER IN POSTSEASON IN
THE RED ZONE HAS BEEN FABULOUS. AND ONE OF THE FABULOUS THINGS
THAT HE DOES IS THROW TO LARRY FITZGERALD,
WHO OUTJUMPS EVERYONE. FITZGERALD WITH FIVE TOUCHDOWNS
IN POSTSEASON, ALL IN THE FIRST HALF. 43 SECONDS. WARNER FROM THE GUN. SENDS HIGHTOWER
INTO THE SLOT. FIVE RECEIVERS
GO INTO THE PATTERN. OVER THE MIDDLE. THE CATCH
IS MADE AT THE 5-YARD LINE. THAT’S BOLDIN,
WHO GETS BANGED DOWN BY TIMMONS. UP THEY COME.
CLOCK IS RUNNING. EACH TEAM WITH ONE TIME-OUT.
HALF A MINUTE LEFT IN THE HALF. SECOND AND 3. SWING IT TO THE OUTSIDE. HERE’S BOLDIN.
HE’S GONNA GET THE FIRST DOWN. THAT’S GONNA TAKE IT
TO THE 2-YARD LINE. CLOCK CONTINUES TO ROLL.
THEY LOOK OVER TO THE BENCH. AND WHISENHUNT WILL TAKE
HIS FINAL TIME-OUT. SO 18 SECONDS, AS THEY BURN
THEIR FINAL TIME-OUT. AND IT WILL BE
FIRST DOWN AND GOAL AT THE 2. WE WERE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE DOING
TO LARRY FITZGERALD. THEY WEREN’T GOING TO LET HIM
GET THE BALL. THEY WEREN’T GOING TO LET HIM
MAKE ANY BIG PLAYS. YOU SEE POLAMALU IS UP THERE —
THAT’S THAT INVERTED COVER 2 — AND THE CORNER
IS OVER THE TOP. HERE NOW IT’S JUST A CORNER ON
HIM AND THE SAFETY OVER THE TOP. HERE HE HAS A DOUBLE TEAM THERE
AND POLAMALU. BUT THE THING THEY WERE ABLE TO
DO IS GET THE BALL IN THE FLATS. NOW WHEN THEY COME OFF
ON THE FLAT — LOOK AT THIS. WHEN THEY COME OFF HERE, THEN LARRY FITZGERALD
IS GONNA BE WIDE OPEN. SO THAT’S THE BIND THAT THE CARDINALS HAVE PUT
THE STEELERS IN. AND IF YOU GIVE KURT WARNER
AN OPEN GUY, HE’S NOT PREDETERMINED. HE’S GONNA FIND
THAT OPEN GUY, READ IT QUICKLY
AND GET IT TO HIM QUICKLY. [ CROWD CHEERING ] HE’S GOT BOLDIN AND FITZGERALD
TO THE LEFT. HE’S GOT BREASTON
TO THE RIGHT. 18 SECONDS. THEY CAN PICK DOWN HERE. FROM THE GUN. STEELERS SHOW BLITZ.
HERE THEY COME. HE GETS IT AWAY — AND IT’S
PICKED OFF AT THE GOAL LINE! THERE’S A FLAG THROWN
ON THE RUNBACK. JAMES HARRISON
TO RUN IT BACK. AND HARRISON
IS PAST MIDFIELD. HARRISON GOING DOWN
THE SIDELINE. HARRISON STILL ON HIS FEET. HARRISON IS GOING TO GO
ALL THE WAY. AND WAITING FOR THE OFFICIAL
TO GET THERE. TOUCHDOWN IS SIGNALED. A FLAG IS DOWN ON THE RUNBACK
BACK AT THE 9-YARD LINE. [ CROWD CHEERING ] PRIOR TO THE PASS,
PERSONAL FOUL. GRASPING THE FACE MASK. OFFENSE, NUMBER 74. [ CROWD CHEERING ] THE FOUL OCCURRED
DURING THE LAST TIMED DOWN. THE TOUCHDOWN COUNTS. WE’LL HAVE A TRY FOR POINT. UNBELIEVABLE. HARRISON COMPLETELY GASSED.
THE CALL IS ON REGGIE WELLS. IT’S A 100-YARD
INTERCEPTION RETURN. LOOK AT HIM. YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO
PROTECT AGAINST JAMES HARRISON BECAUSE HE’S SUCH
A GREAT PASS RUSHER. ON THAT PLAY, HE FAKED LIKE
HE WAS GONNA RUSH THE PASSER AND HE DROPPED BACK
INTO THE LANE — AND THEN MADE THIS RUN. UNBELIEVABLE. IT’S THE LONGEST PLAY
IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY. IT’S A 100-YARD
INTERCEPTION RETURN. THE QUESTION, TOO, IS,
IS HE IN? REMEMBER,
THERE’S NO CHALLENGE. THERE’S NO CHALLENGE.
IT HAS TO COME FROM THE BOOTH. WOW! AND THEY WILL LOOK AT IT.
I GUARANTEE YOU THAT. THE CLOCK HAS EXPIRED. HERE’S FITZGERALD. HE’S COMING IN.
WHERE DOES HE LAND? HE’S LANDING ON FITZGERALD’S LEG
WITH THE BALL. BREASTON COMES BACK IN. NOT ONLY A GREAT PLAY
BY JAMES HARRISON BUT A GREAT CALL
BY DICK LeBEAU, BECAUSE WHO WOULD THINK
IN THAT SITUATION THAT INSTEAD OF RUSHING
YOUR BEST PASS RUSHER, YOU WOULD DROP HIM
IN COVERAGE? SO THE PLAY
IS BEING REVIEWED. THIS IS AMAZING. FOR THE FIRST HALF
TO END LIKE THIS. THE CARDINALS ARE GONNA GO IN
TO TAKE THE LEAD — AT WORST
COME UP WITH A TIE. AND THEN WHAT A RUNBACK
BY HARRISON. FOR A LINEBACKER
TO DO WHAT HE DID, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS
AT THE END HERE AND WHAT THE RESULT WILL BE,
THAT WAS INCREDIBLE. LET’S WATCH IT AGAIN. HERE YOU CAN SEE KURT WARNER
IS LOOKING TO THAT SIDE. HE’S GOING TO THROW
THE SLANT. HE THINKS FITZGERALD
HAS IT, BUT JAMES HARRISON DROPS BACK
IN THAT LANE. THEN JAMES HARRISON RUNS
LIKE JAMES BROWN. AS YOU SAY,
THE KNEE COULDN’T BE DOWN, BECAUSE WHEN HIS KNEE WENT DOWN,
IF IT WERE DOWN ON ANYTHING, IT WAS DOWN
ON LARRY FITZGERALD. RIGHT. AND THAT COULD BE
WHAT DETERMINES… …WHETHER HE GOT IN
OR NOT. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS GET TO
THE FRONT PART OF THE GOAL LINE. YOU SEE FITZGERALD
GOING DOWN. WHERE IS THE BALL? DOES THE BALL HIT THE GROUND
BEFORE IT GETS TO THE GOAL LINE? AGAIN, GOING BACK TO WHAT
WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE, THEY CAN USE
COMPOSITE REPLAYS. EVEN THOUGH YOU DON’T SEE
ANY DEFINITIVE REPLAY FROM ONE CAMERA OR ANGLE, YOU CAN MAKE A COMPOSITE
OUT OF IT. I THINK A GUY
MAKES A PLAY LIKE THAT AND A RUN LIKE THAT, YOU HAVE TO
GIVE HIM A TOUCHDOWN. THAT, TO ME,
IS A TOUCHDOWN. IF THEY DON’T,
THAT WOULD BE… THEY CAN LOOK AT IT INSIDE OUT
AND UPSIDE DOWN, BUT JAMES HARRISON
GOT A TOUCHDOWN THERE. SO THINK OF IT
THIS WAY — IT’S EITHER A TOUCHDOWN,
OR IT’S THE END OF THE HALF. THEY DON’T EVEN HAVE
ANOTHER PLAY. SO IF THEY RULE THE PLAY OVER,
THE HALF IS OVER. AND IT WOULD BE
A 3-POINT GAME INSTEAD OF GOING ON
A 10-POINT GAME. ONE MORE TIME. YOU LOOK AT A GUY WHO’S REALLY
ENJOYING HIS OXYGEN. AFTER REVIEW,
THE RULING ON THE FIELD STANDS. [ CROWD CHEERING ] TOUCHDOWN. THEY HAVE SIGNALED — YOU CAN TELL BY THE CROWD
REACTION THAT IT IS A TOUCHDOWN. BECAUSE THE BALL IS ON
FITZGERALD’S LEG AND IS NOT DOWN
ON THE GROUND AS THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER
OF THE YEAR GETS INTO THE END ZONE. AND NOW THE EXTRA POINT
FROM REED. AN AMAZING TURN
OF EVENTS. AND THE ONLY GOOD NEWS
FOR THE CARDINALS, AS THEY GO
TO THE LOCKER ROOM, IS THEY WILL GET THE BALL
AT THE START OF THE SECOND HALF BECAUSE THEY DEFERRED
AFTER WINNING THE COIN FLIP. LET’S GO TO ALEX FLANAGAN.
ALEX? COACH, YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY
TO SCORE. INSTEAD, THEY DO. WHAT HAPPENED, FROM YOUR
PERSPECTIVE, ON THAT LAST PLAY? WELL, OBVIOUSLY,
WE MADE A BAD THROW, AND WE DIDN’T GET HIM DOWN. IN THAT SITUATION,
YOU GOT TO GET HIM DOWN, ESPECIALLY WITH SO LITTLE TIME
LEFT ON THE CLOCK. NOW THAT YOU GO IN, HOW DO YOU
HANDLE THAT MOMENTUM SHIFT? WELL, WE RESPONDED
TO BEING DOWN ONCE ALREADY. SO WE GET THE BALL COMING OUT
THE SECOND HALF. WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT
POSITIVE. ALL RIGHT, COACH.
AL, BACK UP TO YOU. Michaels:
ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, ALEX. AND AGAIN, THE RULING STOOD,
IT WAS A TOUCHDOWN, BECAUSE THE BALL WOUND UP
ON FITZGERALD’S LEG BEFORE IT HIT THE GROUND. AND BACK WE COME TO
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM IN TAMPA. HALFTIME. SUPER BOWL XLIII.
17-7. JOHN,
THAT WAS AN EPIC PLAY. I MEAN, THAT WAS
JUST ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY
OF THE SUPER BOWL. OBVIOUSLY,
CLEARLY IT DEPENDS ON WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN HERE
TONIGHT, WHETHER THAT’S
THE GAME-TURNING PLAY. BUT HARRISON,
AFTER THE PICK, HE RUNS THROUGH
THE ENTIRE STATE OF ARIZONA TO GET TO THE END ZONE. I KNOW. IT WAS A GREAT CALL BY DEFENSIVE
COORDINATOR DICK LeBEAU. HE KIND OF SAVED
THAT ONE. HE WAS WAITING FOR THE SLANT
DOWN THERE ON THE GOAL LINE. SO HE TAKES HARRISON —
AND YOU’LL SEE HIM. HE’LL START UP
LIKE HE’S GOING TO PASS-RUSH, AND THEN HE DROPS
RIGHT INTO THAT LANE WHERE BOLDIN IS RUNNING
THE SLANT. AND YOU SEE KURT WARNER.
HE’S LOOKING ALL THE WAY. THAT’S WHERE HE’S GOING. HE’S EXPECTING HARRISON
TO BE A PASS RUSHER, NOT A PASS DEFENDER. AND AFTER THAT INTERCEPTION,
HOW ABOUT THIS GREAT RUN? I MEAN,
THAT WAS SOMETHING. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT
WAS IT A TOUCHDOWN — A GUY MAKES A PLAY LIKE THAT
AND A RUN LIKE THAT, THAT HAS TO BE A T.D. SO A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT JAMES HARRISON. THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER
OF THE YEAR. FOOTBALL FANS
KNOW HIM WELL. HE WAS CUT FOUR TIMES
EARLY IN HIS CAREER — THREE TIMES BY PITTSBURGH,
ONCE BY BALTIMORE. WE WERE TALKING TO HIM THE OTHER
DAY, AND WE SAID, “HEY, LOOK. “AFTER EACH OF THOSE RELEASES,
WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING IF YOU HADN’T BEEN
PICKED BACK UP AGAIN?” HE SAID,
“I’D BE FLIPPING BURGERS. AND THE OTHER FUNNY THING ABOUT TALKING TO JAMES HARRISON
THE OTHER DAY — HE WAS COMPLAINING
ABOUT THE NUMBER OF TIMES THAT HE HAD TO DROP
IN THIS GAME PLAN. HE GOES, “OH,
THEY’RE NOT LETTING ME RUSH. THEY’RE HAVING ME DROP
ALL THE TIME.” AND THEN HE DROPS, AND IT’S THE
BIGGEST PLAY OF THE GAME SO FAR. SO IF YOU’RE KEN WHISENHUNT,
YOU GO INTO THE LOCKER ROOM, YOU HAVE A LONG HALFTIME. MUCH LONGER THAN IT WOULD BE
IN THE REGULAR SEASON. IS THAT GOOD? BAD?
DOES IT MEAN ANYTHING? AND WHAT DO YOU SAY
TO THE TEAM? WELL, YOU HATE TO HAVE
TOO MUCH TIME TO STEW IN YOUR OWN JUICES
AND THINK ABOUT IT. BUT MAYBE YOU CAN THINK ABOUT IT
AND YOU CAN GET OVER IT AND THEN GET ON TO THE NEXT
THING THAT YOU HAVE TO DO. AND THAT’S WHAT
KEN WHISENHUNT KNOWS — “WE’RE GONNA GET THE BALL NOW.
WE HAVE SOME THINGS GOING. WE JUST HAVE TO
KEEP THOSE THINGS GOING.” AND I THINK WE SAW THE SLANT
AND THE FLAT AND THOSE THINGS. AND MIX IN A LITTLE RUN. THE PLAY-PASS, PLAY-ACTION PASS,
HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE. SO THEY CAN DO THINGS
AGAINST THIS STEELER DEFENSE. AND OBVIOUSLY THEY JUST
CAN’T AFFORD THAT BIG TURNOVER. LONGEST PLAY OF ANY KIND,
INCLUDING KICK RETURNS, IN THE HISTORY
OF THE SUPER BOWL. AND LET’S GO TO ANDREA KREMER.
ANDREA? WELL, MIKE TOMLIN VERY CURT
AT HALFTIME. NOW, THE STEELERS HAD 140 YARDS
OF OFFENSE IN THE FIRST QUARTER, ONLY 22 IN THE SECOND QUARTER. HE SAID, THOUGH,
“WE NEVER GOT OUT OF RHYTHM. “WE JUST HAVE TO EXECUTE,
OBVIOUSLY, AND WE HAD ONE BAD PLAY” — BEN ROETHLISBERGER’S
INTERCEPTION. SO, BECAUSE THEY DEFERRED,
ARIZONA GETS THE KICK. FIELDED AT THE GOAL LINE
BY ARRINGTON. ARRINGTON WILL GET TRIPPED UP
AS HE CROSSES THE 20. FALLS FORWARD
TO THE 24-YARD LINE. ARIZONA HAS MADE WONDERFUL
ADJUSTMENTS AT HALFTIME, BUT SO HAS
PITTSBURGH’S DEFENSE. THE CARDINALS
IN THE THIRD QUARTER — THE MOST POINTS SCORED
IN THE NFL IN THAT QUARTER. PITTSBURGH ALLOWED
THE FEWEST POINTS. 29 OVER 16 GAMES
IS SENSATIONAL. RIGHT. AND ONE OF THE THINGS TONY DUNGY
BROUGHT UP AT HALFTIME IS MIKE TOMLIN
IS GOING TO BE UPSET WITH THE LACK OF PASS RUSH
ON KURT WARNER, THAT ONCE KURT WARNER STARTED
GETTING THE BALL OUT OF THERE, THE STEELER DEFENSE DIDN’T GET
A LOT OF PRESSURE ON HIM. EDGERRIN JAMES IN THE BACKFIELD
WITH WARNER. STEPPING UP IS KURT. OVER THE MIDDLE.
IT’S A SHORT GAIN. PASS IS CAUGHT THERE
BY ANQUAN BOLDIN. BOLDIN HAD A 45-YARD RECEPTION
IN THE FIRST HALF. HE’S CAUGHT FOUR NOW
FOR 61 YARDS. AND BOLDIN LOOKS LIKE
HE’S FAVORING HIS SHOULDER HERE. REMEMBER,
HE HAD THE HAMSTRING THAT COST HIM THE CAROLINA GAME,
CAME BACK. AND NOW HE COMES OFF,
THE INSIDE RECEIVER, WITH A SHOULDER PROBLEM. YOU’RE GONNA SEE HIM RIGHT THERE
RUNNING A CROSSING PATTERN. AND THAT’S A BIG THING, BECAUSE WE KNOW ABOUT
LARRY FITZGERALD AND BOLDIN. IT’S KIND OF A COMBINATION
OF THE TWO IS WHAT THE CARDINALS NEED
RIGHT NOW. SECOND AND 6.
THEY’RE GONNA RUN A DRAW HERE. AND JAMES IS GONNA SLIP A TACKLE
IN THE BACKFIELD AND TAKE IT UP
TO THE 37-YARD LINE. SO EDGERRIN JAMES
ALMOST GOT TAKEN DOWN BEFORE HE COULD GET OUT
OF THE BACKFIELD. KEISEL WAS THERE.
PICKS UP A FIRST DOWN. GAIN OF 9. THIS IS A PLAY THAT THEY RAN
WELL IN THE PLAYOFFS SO FAR. AND AGAIN, IT’S AGAINST
THAT NICKEL OR DIME DEFENSE. AND I THINK IF YOU’RE GOING TO
RUN AGAINST THE STEELER DEFENSE, YOU RUN AGAINST
THEIR NICKEL DEFENSE. IT’S A LOT EASIER.
YOU CAN GET PLAYS LIKE THAT. NOW THEY’RE BACK IN BASE. THIS IS TOUGH TO RUN
AGAINST THIS DEFENSE. FROM THE 37. EDGERRIN AGAIN. AND THAT RUNNING GAME, WHICH WAS DEAD LAST IN THE
LEAGUE IN THE REGULAR SEASON, COMING ALIVE IN POSTSEASON. IT’S GONNA BE
IMPORTANT HERE. LARRY FOOTE MAKES THE TACKLE.
GAIN OF 7. SECOND AND 3. ANYTIME THEY HAVE
CASEY HAMPTON IN HERE, THEY USUALLY CONTROL THAT PART
OF THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE AND YOU DON’T GET ANY RUNNING
IN THERE. CASEY HAMPTON CONTROLLED
HIS GUY, BUT EDGERRIN JAMES
JUST RAN RIGHT BY HIM. THAT WAS PRETTY GOOD BLOCKING
THERE BY THE CARDINAL LINE. ‘CAUSE THAT IS NOT EASY
TO DO. FITZGERALD FLANKED
WIDE TO THE RIGHT. THEY SEND BREASTON
IN MOTION TO THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE FORMATION. EDGERRIN JAMES AGAIN.
CUTS IT BACK. FIGHTS FOR A FIRST DOWN.
MAY HAVE IT. HARRISON IS THERE
TO MAKE THE STOP AFTER FARRIOR
KNOCKED HIM DOWN. THAT’S THE THING THAT HARRISON
IS SO TOUGH ABOUT. WE KNOW THAT HE COMES FROM
THIS RIGHT SIDE, OR WEAK SIDE, AND YOU KNOW THE PRESSURE HE’S
GONNA PUT ON THE QUARTERBACK. BUT HE’S ALSO THERE
FOR THE CUTBACK RUN. WHEN YOU RUN AWAY FROM HIM,
HE’S GONNA RUN YOU DOWN. AND THEN,
WHEN YOU START TO CUT BACK — RIGHT THERE.
YOU SEE WHERE HE IS? HE’S RIGHT THERE
TO TAKE THAT CUTBACK. FIRST DOWN,
SIGNALS McAULAY. AND I SEE BOLDIN
GOING BACK IN NOW. I THINK THAT’S BIG. HAD THEY LOST
ANQUAN BOLDIN, THAT WOULD BE A BIG, BIG LOSS
FOR THE CARDINALS. SOMEWHERE,
WHAT I WOULD START DOING — REMEMBER HOW THEY HAD THE GUY
IN THE FLAT, EDGERRIN JAMES? I’D TRY AND GET BOLDIN
IN THE FLAT AND HAVE FITZGERALD RUN
THAT SAME PATTERN AND PUT THEM
ON THE SAME SIDE AND GET THAT COMBINATION GOING
WITH THE TWO OF THEM. HERE’S BOLDIN NOW
IN THE SLOT TO THE LEFT. BREASTON IS OUTSIDE.
FITZGERALD IS WIDE TO THE RIGHT. JAMES AND HIGHTOWER
ARE BOTH IN THE BACKFIELD IN THE GUN WITH WARNER. AND THE PASS IS HIGH. BUT CAUGHT BY BOLDIN.
HE HAD TO LEAP TO GET IT. AND BRYANT McFADDEN
IS RIGHT THERE. ONE OTHER THING
ABOUT HARRISON, WHO’S THE STAR OF THE GAME,
OBVIOUSLY, AT THIS POINT — ONE OF 14 KIDS,
A COMMINGLED FAMILY. HE HAS SEVEN BROTHERS.
HE HAS SEVEN SISTERS. THE OLDEST CHILD IS 51. AS HE TOLD US
THE OTHER DAY, “I HAVE A LOT OF NEPHEWS
OLDER THAN ME.” RIGHT. AND OF THE 14,
HE’S THE YOUNGEST. AND I’LL GUARANTEE YOU, WHEN YOU’RE THE YOUNGEST OF 14,
YOU’RE GONNA BE TOUGH. YOU ANSWER THAT DINNER BELL
IN A HURRY, DON’T YOU? THEY ALL BULLY YOU THERE,
AND YOU DON’T GET ANYTHING. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT
FOR EVERY BITE YOU GET. BOLDIN AND FITZGERALD COMING OUT OF THE SAME SPOT
ON THE RIGHT SIDE. THEY SWING IT OUT TO JAMES. ACROSS THE 50. AND THEN HE’S TAKEN DOWN HERE
BY LAWRENCE TIMMONS A YARD
INTO PITTSBURGH TERRITORY. AND THAT’S ONE
OF THE REASONS THAT THE STEELERS ARE HAVING A TOUGH TIME
GETTING TO KURT WARNER IS THAT THEY’RE GIVING
THAT FLAT AWAY. SO HE CAN LOOK DOWNFIELD,
AND IF THERE’S NOTHING THERE, HE CAN JUST GO
TO THE FLAT. YOU SEE FITZGERALD THERE.
AND SEE WHAT HE TAKES. YOU SEE HOW HE TAKES
THIS WHOLE THING THERE AND THEN JUST OPENS UP
THAT OUTSIDE. THIRD AND 6. WARNER STEPPING UP.
GETS HIT AS HE THROWS. AND THE PASS
IS INCOMPLETE. AND THAT TIME
IT WAS JAMES FARRIOR WHO CAME IN TO JAR IT. AND THEY MAY HAVE — NOW THE QUESTION IS, DO THEY
CALL IT A COMPLETED PASS OR NOT? I HAVEN’T SEEN THEM
CALL IT ANYTHING YET. NO. JAMES HARRISON IS THE GUY
WHO CAME UP WITH THE BALL. AND HE HAS IT! IT’S A TURNOVER,
AND IT’S HARRISON AGAIN. BEFORE YOU HAVE
ANY HEART ATTACKS IN ARIZONA, I THINK YOU’RE GONNA GET A
REVERSAL HERE, FROM WHAT WE SEE. IT’S CHALLENGED. DOES WARNER HAVE CONTROL
OF THE BALL AS HE COMES FORWARD WITH IT,
TRYING TO THROW IT, TRYING TO PASS IT? THIS IS NOT THE TUCK RULE. HE’S NOT TRYING TO
PUT IT BACK IN. HE’S TRYING TO THROW IT. HE’S TRYING TO GET THE PASS
AWAY. HE GETS HIT BY FARRIOR. HERE COMES THE CALL FROM McAULAY
AFTER THE CHALLENGE. THAT’LL BE
AN INCOMPLETE PASS. McAULAY MAKING HIS — OR HE WILL BE MAKING HIS WAY
BACK OUT IN A MOMENT. BECAUSE HE DID HAVE CONTROL
OF IT AND THE ARM WAS GOING FORWARD
AND THE BALL WAS IN HIS HAND. THAT’LL MAKE IT
FOURTH AND 6 INSTEAD OF PITTSBURGH GETTING
THE BALL IN ARIZONA TERRITORY. YOU CAN SEE HARRISON
COME AROUND BACK, BUT JAMES FARRIOR IS THE GUY
THAT MADE THE HIT. AFTER REVIEW, THE QUARTERBACK
HAD CONTROL OF THE FOOTBALL AND HIS ARM WAS GOING FORWARD. IT’S AN INCOMPLETE PASS. IT WILL BE FOURTH AND 6
ON THE PITTSBURGH 49-YARD LINE. ARIZONA IS NOT CHARGED
WITH A TIME-OUT. PLEASE SET THE GAME CLOCK
TO 10:59. AND THIS IS SOMETHING
YOU ALMOST NEVER SEE. WHEN THEY PUT
THE NEW CHALLENGE RULES IN, YOU GET TWO CHALLENGES. IF YOU WIN BOTH CHALLENGES,
YOU GET A THIRD CHALLENGE. SO WHISENHUNT IS 2 FOR 2
ON TWO HUGE PLAYS IN THIS GAME, AND HE STILL HAS
A CHALLENGE LEFT. THE THING THAT HE HAS TO
BE WORRIED ABOUT, TALKING ABOUT HIS TEAM,
IS ABOUT PASS PROTECTION AND GETTING THAT NICKEL PASS
RUSH NOW, BECAUSE THE STEELERS ARE GETTING
AWFULLY CLOSE TO KURT WARNER. SANTONIO HOLMES BACK TO RECEIVE
THE BEN GRAHAM PUNT. AND THE FORMER
AUSTRALIAN RULES PLAYER HAS IT FAIR-CAUGHT
AT THE 18-YARD LINE. WE’RE SHOWING YOU
CUBA GOODING JR. REMEMBER HE WAS
IN “JERRY MAGUIRE” AND HE PLAYED
AN ARIZONA CARDINAL, AND HE BECAME UNCONSCIOUS
IN THE END ZONE. AND I’LL NEVER FORGET —
WE WERE THERE THE NIGHT — IT WAS A MONDAY-NIGHT GAME
IN 1995 ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT WHEN THEY DID
ALL OF THE SCENICS. AND THERE HE IS WITH THE ARIZONA CARDINALS
REALLY IN THE SUPER BOWL. WERE YOU IN THAT MOVIE
WITH HIM? I STILL GOT A $28 RESIDUAL
LAST WEEK. FROM THE 28-YARD LINE. IT’S WILLIE PARKER, WHO
SLIPS DOWN AT THE 15-YARD LINE. WILLIE PARKER.
FEET COMING OUT FROM UNDER HIM. CHIKE OKEAFOR AND ADRIAN WILSON
WERE THERE. LOSS OF 3.
SECOND AND 13. ADRIAN WILSON —
AGAIN, THE SAFETY RIGHT HERE. THEY BRING HIM UP
RIGHT ON THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE, SO THEY HAVE EIGHT MEN
UP THERE. IF YOU RUN AT HIM,
HE’S GONNA MAKE THE PLAY. AGAIN, IF YOU RUNAWAYFROM HIM,
HE’S THERE FOR THE CUTBACK. BEN FROM THE GUN. YOU’VE GOT FOUR RECEIVERS
SET TO THE LEFT THERE. AND HE GOES
TO THE RIGHT SIDE, WHICH THEY’RE VERY OFTEN
PRONE TO DO. THEY HAD A FOUR-BY-ONE. A FLAG COMES IN
AT THE END OF THE PLAY. HOLMES CLOSE
TO A FIRST DOWN. RUN OUT
BY DOMINIQUE RODGERS-CROMARTIE. ANYTIME THEY CAN GET HOLMES ON A SINGLE COVERAGE
AND A MAN OFF HIM, THEY’RE GONNA GET THE BALL
TO HIM QUICKLY. PERSONAL FOUL.
GRASPING THE FACE MASK. DEFENSE, NUMBER 29. 15-YARD PENALTY. AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN. SO 7 PLUS 15 —
THAT’S A 22-YARD PLAY. AND HERE’S THE FOUR-MAN BUNCH
OVER HERE TO THE LEFT. SO YOU TRY AND GET THE COVERAGE
TO COME OVER TO THIS SIDE, AND THEN YOU GO OVER
TO THE RIGHT OR BACK SIDE, WHERE YOU HAVE A MAN-TO-MAN,
A SINGLED-UP, AND YOU GET IT
TO SANTONIO HOLMES, YOUR GOOD RUNNER
AND SPEED GUY. AT THE 36-YARD LINE. ROETHLISBERGER WAS 12 OF 15
FOR 136 IN THE FIRST HALF. WILLIE PARKER
IS THE RUNNING BACK. BEN TO THE RIGHT SIDE. TO THE 42-YARD LINE. Crowd: HEATH! THAT’S THE TIGHT END
MAKING THE CATCH WITH KARLOS DANSBY
IN ON IT. MATT SPAETH MAKING THE CATCH
RIGHT THERE. [ Laughing ] THE STEELER CROWD
THOUGHT IT WAS HEATH MILLER. AND YOU HAVEN’T HEARD MUCH
ABOUT HINES WARD, EITHER. REMEMBER, HE CAUGHT
THAT FIRST ONE ON THAT BOOTLEG AND HASN’T CAUGHT
A PASS SINCE. AND YOU WONDER
HOW HEALTHY HE IS AND HOW MUCH OF A DECOY
THEY’RE USING HINES WARD AS. WARD WITH THAT ONE CATCH VERY EARLY IN THE GAME
FOR 38 YARDS. PARKER IS GONNA
GET TAKEN DOWN ABOUT 2 YARDS SHORT
OF THE FIRST DOWN. CHIKE OKEAFOR, 10th YEAR
IN THE LEAGUE, MAKES THE STOP. LET’S GO TO ANDREA. Kremer: I WAS TALKING
TO BRUCE ARIANS BEFORE THE GAME, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE
WANTED TO DO WAS WATCH AND SEE HOW LONG HINES COULD HOLD UP. BUT THE MAIN THING HE WANTED HIM
FOR WAS SITUATIONAL FOOTBALL — THIRD DOWN, RED ZONE. AND IF THERE WAS A LONG DRIVE,
HE WANTED TO PULL HIM OUT. HE DEFINITELY WANTED
TO KEEP AN EYE ON HIS SNAPS. OF COURSE,
WITH THAT SPRAINED MCL INCURRED DURING THE BALTIMORE
GAME IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP. HE’S IN HERE.
IT’S THIRD DOWN AND A LONG 1. THIS IS A SITUATION
THEY’D WANT HINES WARD IN THERE. PRESSURE FROM THE BACK SIDE.
AND THE PASS. AND THERE IS EXACTLY
THE SITUATION YOU WANT HIM IN. HINES WARD. COVERAGE PRETTY GOOD
BY RODERICK HOOD. COMES AWAY WITH A HUGE SMILE,
AS HE IS PRONE TO DO. AND BEN RETURNS THE GRIN. WELL, THAT’S WHAT THEY DO. I MEAN, HINES WARD IS THAT
THIRD-DOWN POSSESSION GUY. HE’S ALSO THE GUY THAT BEN ROETHLISBERGER
IS GOING TO LOOK TO. AND HE SEES IT.
HE JUST RUNS A SHORT OUT. ENOUGH FOR THE FIRST DOWN.
AND HE GETS IT. HE WASN’T IN
ON THE DOWN BEFORE, BECAUSE THE DOWN BEFORE THEY HAD
THREE TIGHT ENDS IN THERE. SO THAT’S ONE WAY
THEY CAN GET HIM OUT TOO. LOOK AT THE SMILE. THIS GUY JUST LOVES
TO PLAY FOOTBALL. ADRIAN WILSON WAS SAYING,
“HE’S A FOOTBALL PLAYER FIRST AND A RECEIVER SECOND.” LOVES LIFE. ROETHLISBERGER CHASED. LOOK AT BEN
KEEPING THE PLAY ALIVE AND AT LEAST TURNING WHAT
WOULD HAVE BEEN A 15-YARD SACK INTO MAYBE AN INCOMPLETION. BUT HE WAS IN THE POCKET. ROUGHING THE PASSER. OH, AND NOW YOU GOT
ROUGHING THE PASSER. DEFENSE, NUMBER 58.
15-YARD PENALTY. AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN. KARLOS DANSBY.
OF ALL THINGS. ROETHLISBERGER KEEPS
THE PLAY ALIVE, GETS RID OF IT, AND THEN DANSBY
WITH A PERSONAL FOUL. YEAH, TWO BIG PENALTIES ON THIS DRIVE
FOR THE CARDINAL DEFENSE. FIRST ONE
ON RODGERS-CROMARTIE. HERE YOU SEE THE BALL IS GONE,
IT’S OUT OF THERE, AND THEN THE HIT BY DANSBY
ON ROETHLISBERGER. THAT WAS CLOSE. YEAH, YOU KNOW, YOU GOT A QUARTERBACK
WHO’S ALL OVER THE PLACE. YOU NEVER KNOW
WHEN THE PLAY IS OVER. AND NOW YOU’RE ASKING A GUY
TO PUT THE BRAKES ON. AND HE’S SO BIG AND STRONG
THAT YOU HAVE TO RUN THROUGH HIM AND GET HIM TO THE GROUND,
AND THAT’S A TOUGH THING. AND THEN IF HE THROWS IT,
YOU HAVE TO PULL UP QUICKLY. I DON’T THINK THAT WAS A BAD ONE
ON DANSBY. 2-YARD LOSS. OKEAFOR IS THERE, TAKING DOWN WILLIE PARKER
BEHIND THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. YOU USED TO THINK
ABOUT THE STEELERS, AND WE KNOW ABOUT DEFENSE AND THE TRADITION
OF RUNNING THE BALL, BUT HERE’S PARKER TONIGHT —
3 YARDS A CARRY. MOORE HAS CARRIED ONCE.
THAT’S IT. THEY’RE AVERAGING, ARE THE
STEELERS, 2.4 YARDS PER CARRY. WELL, I’LL TELL YOU,
IF THEY HAVE THIS LEAD GOING INTO THE FOURTH QUARTER,
I KNOW THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS, YOU’RE GONNA GET
A HEAVY DOSE OF RUNNING. MORE THAN HALFWAY THROUGH
THE THIRD QUARTER. SECOND AND 11. HOLMES ON A QUICK FLIP. CUTS BACK INSIDE.
TO THE 21-YARD LINE. RUNS RIGHT INSIDE
RODGERS-CROMARTIE. 15 YARDS
AND ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. THEY’RE GONNA
HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH RODGERS-CROMARTIE. EITHER HE HAS TO GET UP CLOSER
AND HIT HIM OR THEY HAVE TO GIVE HIM
HELP. GET A LINEBACKER
COMING OUT UNDERNEATH. BECAUSE IF HE PLAYS OFF
LIKE THIS, THEY’LL JUST KEEP
THROWING THE BALL OUT THERE TO SANTONIO HOLMES. THE CARDINALS DON’T HAVE
A DEFENSIVE ANSWER FOR THAT. FIRST AND 10. THEY HAVE
THREE TIGHT ENDS AGAIN. AND THIS TIME
IT IS PARKER GETTING TAKEN DOWN. THERE IT’S MONTY BEISEL
WHO COMES IN — BACKUP LINEBACKER,
NUMBER 52 — AND DANSBY AS WELL
IN ON THE STOPPAGE. A GAIN OF 1.
SECOND AND 9. BRUCE ARIANS AGAIN DOING
A GOOD JOB OF MIXTURE HERE. YOU KNOW,
NOT ONLY A MIXTURE OF PLAYS, BUT A MIXTURE
OF PERSONNEL GROUPS. HE WAS
THE WIDE RECEIVERS COACH THREE YEARS AGO
IN THE SUPER BOWL. WHISENHUNT WAS
THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. WHISENHUNT GOES
TO ARIZONA. ARIANS GETS ELEVATED
WHEN TOMLIN GETS THE JOB. SECOND AND 9. PARKER AGAIN.
BIG HOLE! INSIDE THE 10. AND THEN HE GETS DOWN
TO THE 5-YARD LINE. HE WAS DOWN
AND THE BALL CAME OUT BUT NOT UNTIL
THE PLAY WAS OVER. IN BEHIND THE GUARD,
KEMOEATU, WHO PULLS OUT
AND PROVIDES THE ESCORT. YOU WANT TO SEE A REAL
GOOD BLOCK BY A TIGHT END? WATCH NUMBER 83
ON THIS ONE, AL. HEATH MILLER.
HE’S RIGHT HERE. I MEAN, HE COMES THERE, AND HE JUST GETS
UNDERNEATH THE SHOULDER PADS, PICKS HIM UP,
PUTS HIM ON HIS BACK. AND WHEN YOU GET A BLOCK
LIKE THAT, YOU HAVE TO HAVE
A PRETTY BIG RUN. I THINK THE MOST UNDERRATED GUY
ON THIS PITTSBURGH OFFENSE IS HEATH MILLER. HE DOES MORE THINGS
THAN ANY ONE PERSON. TOSS. PARKER. CAN’T CUT IT BACK. TAKEN DOWN
BY KARLOS DANSBY. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN
AND GOAL WITH 4 1/2 TO PLAY
IN THE THIRD QUARTER. THIS IS JUST KIND OF PLAYING
STEELER FOOTBALL HERE. NOW GETTING
A LITTLE MORE RUN HERE. THEN YOU’LL USE THE PLAY-ACTION,
AND YOU DO THOSE KINDS OF… …KINDS OF THINGS. HERE’S HEATH MILLER AGAIN
MAKING THAT BLOCK. I MEAN, THAT’S ABOUT AS GOOD
A BLOCK AS A TIGHT END CAN MAKE. AND IT’S ON THE SIDE
YOU’RE RUNNING ON. I MEAN, IT’S WHERE YOU NEED —
WHERE YOU HAVE TO GET THAT EDGE. HEATH MILLER GOT IT
FOR THEM. 11th PLAY OF THE DRIVE. GOOD MIX — THEY’VE HAD
SIX RUSHES, FOUR PASSES. THE BACKFIELD IS EMPTY. GOOD POCKET. AND THEN IT’S DROPPED. GOOD PROTECTION. HEATH MILLER OVER THE MIDDLE.
COULDN’T HOLD ON. AND SAYS TO BEN,
“THAT’S ON ME.” YEAH, AND ITWASON HIM. LIKE WE SAID EARLIER, THE CLOSER
YOU GET TO THE GOAL LINE, THE MORE BEN ROETHLISBERGER
LIKES HEATH MILLER. BUT HE DOES SO MANY THINGS
FOR THEM. I MEAN, HE BLOCKS. THEY’LL GET HIM
IN THE BACKFIELD. THEY’LL HAVE HIM WHAM.
I’VE SEEN HIM TRAP NOSE TACKLES. EVERY KIND OF A BLOCK
THAT THERE IS TO MAKE, HEATH MILLER WILL
AND CAN MAKE. BIG STOP HERE
FOR THE CARDINAL DEFENSE. HOLD THEM TO A FIELD GOAL, IT’S A TWO-POSSESSION LEAD
FOR PITTSBURGH. THEY SCORE A TOUCHDOWN,
IT’S THREE POSSESSIONS. MEWELDE MOORE
IS IN THE BACKFIELD WITH HIM. ROETHLISBERGER.
TRIES TO ESCAPE. AND HE JUST FLINGS IT INTO THE AREA
OUTSIDE THE 5-YARD LINE BECAUSE BERTRAND BERRY
PUT THE PRESSURE ON HIM. McAulay: THERE’S NO FOUL
FOR INTENTIONAL GROUNDING. THE QUARTERBACK
WAS OUT OF THE POCKET. THE BALL GOT PAST
THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. FOURTH DOWN. CLOSE. IT’S CLOSE. OUTSIDE OF WHAT THEY CALL
THE TACKLE BOX. YOU LINE UP THE TACKLES. YOU EXTEND THE LINE
STRAIGHT BACK. WAS HE OUTSIDE THAT?
HERE IT IS. TAKE A LOOK AT IT. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE
RIGHT HERE. IT’S ALREADY IN THERE.
THE RED LINE. DOES HE GET
OUTSIDE THE RED LINE? YES, HE DOES. YEP. RIGHT OUTSIDE, YEAH. GOOD CALL.
GOT IT RIGHT. 27-YARD ATTEMPT. BUT A BIG STOP FOR ARIZONA TO
KEEP IT A TWO-POSSESSION GAME. REED FOR
THE FIELD-GOAL ATTEMPT. MADE ONE EARLIER FROM 18. SO TWO CHIP SHOTS FOR HIM
IN THIS ONE TONIGHT. MITCH BERGER
TO PUT IT DOWN. AND REED’S KICK IS GOOD,
BUT THERE’S A FLAG DOWN. THERE’S A FLAG DOWN. AND A PERSONAL FOUL
AGAINST ADRIAN WILSON. THREE BIG PENALTIES AGAINST
THE CARDINALS ON THIS DRIVE. HUGE. PERSONAL FOUL.
UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS. DEFENSE, NUMBER 24. RAN OVER THE HOLDER. HALF THE DISTANCE TO THE GOAL.
AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN. GIGANTIC CALL. HE RAN INTO BERGER. YEAH, MITCH BERGER, THE PUNTER,
IS ALSO THE HOLDER. SEE HIM HERE.
THE KICK IS GONE. OH, YEAH. NO DOUBT. AND OF ALL GUYS TO DO IT,
A GUY IN HIS EIGHTH YEAR, LEADER OF THE TEAM. IN A TERRIBLE SITUATION, WHERE NOW HE PUTS HIS DEFENSE
IN THE HOLE AGAIN AND THEY HAVE TO COME UP
WITH A GOAL-LINE STAND. THAT COULD VERY WELL BE
A 4-POINT PENALTY. AND AGAIN,
NOW THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE IT
A THREE-POSSESSION GAME. AND THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS,
IF THEY GET THAT SITUATION, THEY’LL JUST BE
THE OLD PITTSBURGH STEELERS — THEY’RE GONNA RUN THE BALL
AND PLAY DEFENSE. THAT’S IT. PARKER IS THE SET BACK.
FIRST AND GOAL. THREE PERSONAL FOULS BY ARIZONA
ON THIS DRIVE. PARKER. TWO OF THEM, NO DOUBT. ONE OF THEM —
THE ONE ON DANSBY — MAYBE.
WHO KNOWS? MEANWHILE, MIKE HOLMGREN IS
SITTING HERE HAVING FLASHBACKS TO THE LAST SUPER BOWL. BUT THAT’S ANOTHER STORY. SECOND AND GOAL. HOLMES SPLIT LEFT.
HE COMES IN MOTION. THEY RUN A PICK
ON THAT SIDE. INSTEAD A ROLL
TO THE RIGHT. THE BALL
IS BATTED IN THE AIR! AND IT IS
ALMOST INTERCEPTED. CHIKE OKEAFOR
WAS ABLE TO BAT IT. CAREY DAVIS WAS THERE.
THE FULLBACK. ANTREL ROLLE ALMOST CAME UP
WITH THE INTERCEPTION. THIRD AND GOAL. I THINK IT WAS A PRETTY GOOD
PLAY THERE BY CAREY DAVIS TO SAVE THIS. THE BALL GOES UP IN THE AIR
AND ANYONE CAN GET IT. AND HE LOOKS LIKE
HE KIND OF GOT IT AND KNOCKED IT
OUT OF ROLLE’S HANDS. AND SO NOW
THAT ARIZONA DEFENSE HAS TO TURN IN
ONE MORE HUGE PLAY. THIRD AND GOAL.
2:49. MEWELDE MOORE IS THE BACK. ROETHLISBERGER OUT OF
THE GUN. BEN’S GONNA RUN IT
ON A QUARTERBACK DRAW. BUT HE WON’T BE ABLE TO GET PAST
THE 3-YARD LINE. THAT’S GABE WATSON
WHO COMES IN. AND WHAT A JOB. IF ARIZONA
IS TO COME FROM BEHIND, THEY CAN THANK THEIR DEFENSE
FOR DOING IT TWICE. YEAH,
AND THAT’S THE THING. YOU TRY AND SPREAD THEM OUT
AND YOU RUN BEN ROETHLISBERGER. YOU SEE HIM.
HE’S RIGHT HERE. YOU SEE HE GETS PENETRATION
RIGHT THERE. HE MAKES A SWIM MOVE
ON THE CENTER, GETS IN THE BACKFIELD, AND GETS BEN ROETHLISBERGER
BEFORE HE GETS STARTED. THAT WAS A BIG PLAY
BY GABE WATSON. THIS IS A 21-YARD ATTEMPT
FOR REED. BERGER HOLDING. AND THAT KICK IS GOOD. WITH 2:13 TO PLAY. PRO BOWL NEXT SUNDAY. I’LL BE WATCHING
YOU GUYS. AS THE KICKOFF WILL SCOOT
THROUGH THE CARDINALS AND GO ALL THE WAY… TAKE A KNEE. YEAH. GET IT OUT OF THE END ZONE
AND TAKE IT AT THE 20-YARD LINE. WARNER GOING TO WORK.
DOWN BY 13. KURT WARNER IN POSTSEASON
HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS. AVERAGING ALMOST
300 YARDS PASSING PER GAME. OF COURSE,
HE HOLDS THE RECORD FOR MOST YARDS
IN A SUPER BOWL. HE IS ONE AND TWO
ON THAT LIST IN THE HISTORY
OF SUPER BOWLS. WINNING AGAINST TENNESSEE,
LOSING TO NEW ENGLAND. THERE’S BRENDA WARNER. THE WARNERS,
PARENTS OF SEVEN. HE TAKES OVER
AT THE 20-YARD LINE WITH 2:11 TO PLAY
IN THE QUARTER. FIVE-MAN RUSH. KURT STEPS UP, THROWS.
CATCH MADE. BUT MEETING BREASTON RIGHT AWAY,
NO ROOM TO ROAM, IS LAWRENCE TIMMONS. AND HE SAVES IT —
4-YARD GAIN. LAWRENCE TIMMONS
IS IN THERE NOW BECAUSE THEY’RE PLAYING
THEIR NICKEL DEFENSE. HE’S THE NICKEL
MIDDLE LINEBACKER. IN FACT, THE GUY
THAT USED TO PLAY THAT POSITION IS TROY POLAMALU. YOU SAY, “GEEZ, WE’RE NOT SEEING
HIM BLITZ MUCH ANYMORE,” ‘CAUSE HE DOESN’T PLAY
THAT POSITION IN NICKEL. TIMMONS PLAYS IT NOW. FITZGERALD HELD
TO THAT ONE CATCH AT THE END
OF THE FIRST HALF. GIVE IT TO JAMES. TO THE 28-YARD LINE. YOU LOOK AT THE CAREER ARC
OF KURT WARNER, JOHN, AND VERY FEW ATHLETES — I MEAN, THEY START OUT,
AND HE’S BOXING GROCERIES. HE’S PLAYING IN THE NFL EUROPE
AND ARENA LEAGUE. THEN THE GRAPH GOES
ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP. THEN IT KIND OF GOES
TO THE BOTTOM, AND YOU THINK
HE’S ABOUT DONE. AND NOW HE’S TRYING TO MAKE IT
GO AS HIGH AS IT DID IN ’99 AGAIN. WATCHING HIM ON TV,
I THOUGHT, “THERE’S SOMETHING DIFFERENT
ABOUT KURT WARNER.” OBVIOUSLY, THE WAY
HE’S PLAYING IS GREAT, BUT HE LOOKED DIFFERENT. HE USED TO PLAY AT 225. TODAY HE’S 203.
SO HE LOST WEIGHT. LOOKS LIKE HE’S BEEN AT THE SPA
FOR A MONTH. THIRD AND 2.
HE’S GONNA ROLL TO THE RIGHT. MOVING POCKET.
AND THEN IT’S CAUGHT BY BOLDIN. SO THEY MOVE
THE CHAINS HERE IN THE FINAL MINUTE
OF THE THIRD QUARTER TO SET UP A FIRST DOWN
AT THE 33-YARD LINE. AND HE’S THE ONLY QUARTERBACK
THAT WEARS GLOVES. WE KNOW THAT HE SAID THAT HE HAD SOME PROBLEMS
HOLDING ON TO THE BALL AND HE HAD SOME THUMB PROBLEMS
AND STUFF, SO HE STARTED WEARING GLOVES
A COUPLE YEARS AGO — IN ANY WEATHER. HE’S THE ONLY QUARTERBACK
THAT WEARS GLOVES ALL THE TIME. HERE YOU SEE HIM
WITH THE RAMS. OBVIOUSLY HE DIDN’T HAVE GLOVES
IN THOSE DAYS. IT’S BEEN HIS LAST COUPLE YEARS,
EVERY GAME, WITH THE CARDINALS. HE’S TAKEN ALMOST NO SHOTS
DOWNFIELD TONIGHT. AND THAT’S UNUSUAL. HERE IS WARNER
GIVING IT TO JAMES. HE’S ONLY ATTEMPTED
ONE PASS MORE THAN 10 YARDS FROM
THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE TONIGHT. WELL, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE
THE PITTSBURGH STEELER DEFENSE HAS TAKEN IT AWAY. THEY’RE PLAYING
THAT COVER 2. AND YOU SAY, “GEEZ, WE HAVEN’T
SEEN MUCH OF POLAMALU. HE’S NOT UP THERE
ON THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE.” NO, HE’S PLAYING BACK.
HE’S THE GUY THAT’S DEEP. HE’S NOT LETTING KURT WARNER
THROW DEEP. BOTH THOSE SAFETIES
YOU DON’T HEAR MUCH OF BECAUSE THEY’RE
PLAYING DEEP. AND THE CARDS
LET THE CLOCK EXPIRE. BILL BIDWILL,
THE OWNER OF THE CARDINALS. HIS FAMILY HAS OWNED THE TEAM
SINCE THE EARLY ’30s. FOUNDED IN CHICAGO. HERE AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM.
AL MICHAELS, JOHN MADDEN. WE START
THE FOURTH QUARTER. ANTREL ROLLE, 21,
GOES IN MOTION. HE’S A SAFETY. OCCASIONALLY COMES IN
ON OFFENSE, AS IS THE CASE HERE. SETS UP
ON FITZGERALD’S SIDE. HE CAUGHT ONE PASS
DURING THE REGULAR SEASON. WARNER DANCING AROUND.
THROWS. AND IT IS CAUGHT
UP AT THE 47-YARD LINE. THERE’S A FLAG DOWN BACK AT THE 29
IN THE OFFENSIVE BACKFIELD. HOLDING. OFFENSE, NUMBER 69. 10-YARD PENALTY.
SECOND DOWN. SECOND HOLDING CALL
ON THE LEFT TACKLE TONIGHT. THAT’S MIKE GANDY. AND MIKE GANDY HAS
THE TOUGHEST JOB OF THE NIGHT. HE’S THE GUY THAT HAS TO BLOCK
HARRISON HERE. AND YOU SEE JAMES HARRISON
JUST BULL-RUSHES HIM. YOU EXPECT A SPEED RUSH. HE BULL-RUSHES HIM. AND RIGHT THERE
AT THE END, HE GOT HIS LEFT HAND
UP AROUND HARRISON’S NECK. THAT’S REALLY NOT BAD
PASS PROTECTION TILL RIGHT THERE
AT THE END. OF COURSE, IF HE DOESN’T DO
THAT, HARRISON GETS KURT WARNER. SECOND AND 19. THAT’S 91 YARDS IN PENALTIES
TONIGHT AGAINST ARIZONA. AND THAT’S CAUGHT
UP AT THE 30-YARD LINE. ANQUAN BOLDIN
MAKING THE CATCH. MOST PENALTY YARDAGE
SINCE SUPER BOWL XII, A DENVER-DALLAS GAME
31 YEARS AGO. DALLAS HAD 94
IN THAT GAME. THIS IS THE THING THIS STEELER
DEFENSE WAS TALKING ABOUT — YOU’RE NOT GONNA
SACK WARNER A LOT, BECAUSE HE GETS RID
OF THE BALL. BUT YOU DON’T WANT TO LET HIM
GET IN RHYTHM AND YOU DON’T WANT TO LET HIM
GET COMFORTABLE. IN THE SECOND QUARTER, THEY HAD
A LITTLE TROUBLE WITH THAT. THEY DIDN’T HAVE TROUBLE
IN THE FIRST QUARTER, NOR DID THEY HAVE TROUBLE
IN THE THIRD QUARTER IN MAKING HIM
UNCOMFORTABLE. WE’LL SEE TODD HALEY’S CALL
ON A THIRD DOWN AND 13. GOOD PROTECTION,
BUT THEN THE PASS IS HIGH. TRYING TO GET IT TO HIGHTOWER
OVER THE MIDDLE. SO A LOT OF SHORT STUFF
AND UNDERNEATH STUFF AND NO FORAYS DOWNFIELD. AND IT’S FOURTH AND 13. CARDINALS TONIGHT. LOOK AT THAT. FITZGERALD, NO FACTOR. BOLDIN’S CAUGHT SEVEN
BUT ONLY A 10-YARD AVERAGE. BREASTON FOUR FOR AN AVERAGE
OF 9 YARDS PER RECEPTION. RIGHT. AT SOME POINT —
YOU DON’T WANT TO FORCE IT, BUT, DOGGONE IT,
YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO. THIS IS THE SUPER BOWL.
IT’S THE FOURTH QUARTER. YOU’RE DOWN 20-7.
YOU HAVE TO GET SOME BIG PLAYS. GRAHAM GETS THE KICK AWAY. TIMMONS ALMOST BLOCKED IT. AND IT’S A VERY SHORT KICK. ALL KINDS OF SIDEBARS,
BACKSTORIES IN THIS ONE. DAN ROONEY IN THE BACK ROW.
HIS SON ART IN FRONT OF HIM. AND, OF COURSE,
THEY HIRED MIKE TOMLIN WHEN CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
HAD WHISENHUNT AND GRIMM, WHO WERE BOTH ON COWHER’S STAFF
TWO YEARS AGO, AS THE FRONT-RUNNERS. WHISENHUNT GETS INTERVIEWED
BY MIAMI, ATLANTA, AND ARIZONA IN ADDITION TO PITTSBURGH. PITTSBURGH HADN’T MADE
ITS CHOICE. HE HAD TO MAKE HIS MOVE.
HE CHOOSES ARIZONA. GRIMM DOESN’T GET PICKED
IN PITTSBURGH AND GOES TO THE DESERT
WITH HIM. FIRST DOWN NOW
AT THE 43-YARD LINE. ROETHLISBERGER.
FAKING IT TO PARKER. UNDER PRESSURE.
FIRES OVER THE MIDDLE. AND THE PASS IS INCOMPLETE.
AND THERE’S ANOTHER FLAG. HINES WARD
WITH RODERICK HOOD THERE. HOOD MAKING CONTACT. AND IF IT’S
A DEFENSIVE FOUL, THAT WILL PUT ARIZONA
OVER 100. PRIOR TO THE PASS, HOLDING. DEFENSE, NUMBER 26. 5-YARD PENALTY.
AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN. THAT WON’T PUT THEM
OVER 100 BECAUSE IT’S
A 5-YARD HOLDING CALL, BUT THAT’S 96 YARDS
AND ANOTHER FIRST DOWN. THAT’S ROD HOOD THERE. YOU SEE, YOU CAN BUMP HIM
THE FIRST 5 YARDS. AFTER 5 YARDS,
YOU CAN’T TOUCH HIM. SO THAT FIRST GROUP OF BUMPS
WAS OKAY. IT WAS THE SECOND ONE
WHERE THEY GOT THE FLAG. DIDN’T YOU KNOW THAT HINES WARD,
THAT ONCE THE GAME STARTED, YOU WOULDN’T BE MENTIONING HOW MANY PRACTICES HE MISSED
AND ALL THAT STUFF? HE’S JUST A GAMER. LITTLE DOUBT. PARKER. TO THE CARDINAL
47-YARD LINE. MIKE TOMLIN — MENTIONED HIM
IN THE PREGAME SHOW, TALKING ABOUT THE FACT — YOUNGEST COACH EVER
IN THE SUPER BOWL. 36.
SECOND YEAR IN THE LEAGUE. WENT TO SCHOOL
AT WILLIAM & MARY. HE IS SO YOUNG,
HE PLAYED AGAINST JAMES FARRIOR, ONE OF HIS PLAYERS. FARRIOR WAS AT VIRGINIA. SAYS, “I HAD
NO RECOLLECTION OF IT. WILLIAM & MARY WAS LIKE
A WARM-UP GAME FOR US.” AND HE’S YOUNGER
THAN KURT WARNER. SECOND AND 4. BUT HE HAS BECOME
THE BLUEPRINT. AND THAT’S A NICE STOP
HERE. DARNELL DOCKETT
STOPPING HIM. JOHN, WE’VE HEARD OWNERS —
IN PARTICULAR STEVE BISCIOTTI TELLING OZZIE NEWSOME
IN BALTIMORE LAST YEAR WHEN THEY WERE LOOKING FOR
A COACH AND THEY WIND UP
WITH JOHN HARBAUGH — WHO’S A PRETTY GOOD CHOICE — HE SAYS, “GO OUT AND FIND ME
THE NEXT MIKE TOMLIN.” A LOT OF OWNERS ARE THINKING
IN THOSE TERMS RIGHT NOW. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DOING,
AND THAT’S NOT A BAD THING. YOU GET THAT YOUNG COACH
THAT YOU KNOW IS BRIGHT, THAT YOU KNOW HE CAN BE
A HEAD COACH. AND IF YOU CAN BE A HEAD COACH
AT ANY AGE, YOU CAN BE ONE
WHEN YOU’RE A YOUNG HEAD COACH. AND THEN HE HAD SUCCESS.
HERE HE IS IN A SUPER BOWL. AND, YOU KNOW,
“GO FIND ME ONE LIKE HIM, THAT CAN DO THE SAME THINGS
HE DID.” THIRD AND 8.
FROM THE 50. ROETHLISBERGER PRESSURED
OUT OF THE POCKET. AND FINALLY THEY GET TO HIM.
AT THE 36. AND THAT’S A BIG-TIME SACK BY
DARNELL DOCKETT ON A BIG PLAY. BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE
12 MINUTES TO GO, BUT IT WAS A THIRD DOWN,
AND THIS FORCES THEM TO PUNT. AND ARIZONA COULD WIND UP
WITH THE BALL IN RELATIVELY DECENT POSITION
WITH A DECENT RUNBACK. TWO BIG PLAYS
BY DARNELL DOCKETT. HE MADE A BIG PLAY
ON THE ONE BEFORE. AND THEN AGAIN, HE GETS
ON THE NOSE, TAKES A SIDE. AND FOR A BIG GUY,
HE HAS A GREAT BURST. AND HE BURST
RIGHT INTO BEN ROETHLISBERGER. HE WAS THE MAN WHO SAVED WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN
A ROETHLISBERGER TOUCHDOWN EARLIER IN THE GAME AND WAS
OVERTURNED ON A CHALLENGE. BERGER’S KICK.
VERY GOOD KICK. FIELDED
AT THE 13-YARD LINE. AND IT IS STEVE BREASTON WHO GETS BURIED THERE
BY WILLIAM GAY. 11:30 LEFT.
FOURTH QUARTER. STEELERS BY 13. THIS DRIVE STARTS
AT THE 13-YARD LINE. WARNER. OVER THE MIDDLE.
THAT’S CAUGHT. BREASTON MAKES THE CATCH.
GAIN OF 12. AGAIN, LARRY FITZGERALD TONIGHT,
JUST ONE CATCH. HIS FATHER —
WELL-KNOWN STORY. GOTTEN A LOT OF PUB
THIS WEEK. AND THERE HE IS. THE SENIOR FITZGERALD,
WHO WRITES A WEEKLY COLUMN, AND HAS FOR YEARS,
IN A MINNEAPOLIS NEWSPAPER. HE’S ALSO BEEN A RADIO HOST
FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. CHRONICLING HIS SON TONIGHT. WE’RE HOPING THAT HE’S GONNA GET
A LITTLE BIT BETTER STORY THAN HE HAS AT THIS POINT. FROM THE 25. WARNER THROWS
OVER THE MIDDLE. WIDE OPEN THERE
IS JERHEME URBAN, WHO MAKES THE CATCH. AND NOW THE ARIZONA CARDINALS
GOING WITHOUT A HUDDLE. WORKING WITH ALACRITY. IT’LL BE A FIRST DOWN
UP AT THE 44-YARD LINE. THE CARDINALS ARE DOING WHAT
THEY HAVE TO DO NOW. THEY’RE OPENING UP.
THEY’RE SPEEDING THE PACE UP. THEY’RE GETTING THE BALL
DEEPER DOWN THE FIELD. LOOK HOW DEEP
THOSE SAFETIES ARE. THEY’RE GIVING THEM THAT
WHOLE MIDDLE BUT NOTHING DEEP. WARNER.
HIT AS HE THROWS. GETS IT AWAY.
SHORT GAIN. TAYLOR AND TOWNSEND
TAKE CARE OF FITZGERALD. FINALLY MAKING THE CATCH. HARRISON FORCED THE ISSUE
WITH WARNER THERE. AND THAT’S THE SECOND CATCH
FOR LARRY. AND AGAIN
WORKING WITHOUT A HUDDLE. YOU SEE
JAMES HARRISON HERE. I MEAN, HE’S JUST
A SUPER PASS RUSHER BECAUSE HE’S SO STRONG
IN THE LEGS. HE CAN GET UNDERNEATH
YOUR LEVERAGE AND UNDERNEATH YOUR POWER. LOOK AT HOW DEEP THESE SAFETIES
ARE BACK HERE. THAT’S WHY THEY’RE NOT GETTING
ANYTHING DEEP, BECAUSE THOSE TWO SAFETIES
ARE NOT LETTING YOU GET DEEP. SECOND AND 4.
AND UNDERNEATH. THE PASS GOES TO J.J. ARRINGTON,
THEIR THIRD-DOWN BACK. SO ARRINGTON HASN’T PLAYED
THAT MUCH UNTIL NOW. WAS BOTHERED
BY A TWEAKED KNEE. MAKES THE CATCH.
22-YARD GAIN. ALL OF A SUDDEN,
ARIZONA IN BUSINESS AT THE 28. AND YOU GIVE KURT WARNER
AN OPENING, HE’S GONNA FIND IT. WITH THOSE SAFETIES THAT DEEP,
LOOK HOW OPEN THE MIDDLE IS. LOOK AT HIS EYES HERE. HE SEES IT.
HE SEES THOSE SAFETIES DEEP. HE KNOWS
IF THEY’RE THAT DEEP AND TAKING AWAY
THAT OUTSIDE STUFF, “I AM GOING TO HAVE A CHECKDOWN
IN THE MIDDLE.” DRIVE STARTED
BACK AT THE 13-YARD LINE. QUICKLY DOWNFIELD. PASS CAUGHT.
FITZGERALD. FITZGERALD WILL PICK UP
A FIRST DOWN. YOU SEE THE FLAG
THAT CAME IN. AND LARRY TAKES THE BALL
INSIDE THE 10-YARD LINE. BUT ANOTHER PENALTY. WE’VE HAD 96 YARDS OF PENALTIES
ON ARIZONA AND 15 AGAINST PITTSBURGH
TONIGHT. PRIOR TO THE PASS, HOLDING. DEFENSE, NUMBER 24. PENALTY IS DECLINED.
FIRST DOWN. TAKE THE PLAY. LOOK AT THE HANDS
ON LARRY FITZGERALD. I MEAN,
HE HAS BIG AND STRONG HANDS. HE’S THE OUTSIDE RECEIVER
HERE. HE WINS THE BATTLE RIGHT THERE
ON THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. BUT LOOK HOW HIS HANDS
JUST GO UP AND HE JUST PLUCKS THE BALL
OUT OF THE AIR. HE HAS VERY BIG HANDS
AND VERY, VERY STRONG HANDS. BOTH HE AND BOLDIN
HAVE STRONG HANDS. AT THE 10.
FIRST DOWN AND GOAL. WARNER PERFECT
ON THIS DRIVE, WHICH HAS CONSUMED
ONLY 2 1/2 MINUTES AND HAS GONE 77 YARDS. AND THEN THE PASS
TO THE OUTSIDE. FITZGERALD MAKES THE CATCH. AND FITZGERALD IS RIDDEN DOWN BY
IKE TAYLOR AT THE 5-YARD LINE. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN AND GOAL
FOR THE CARDINALS. THEY’VE BEEN PLAYING
LARRY FITZGERALD SO MUCH TO THE INSIDE. LOOK HOW FAR OFF
THEY ARE. NOW, IF THEY WANT TO
DO THAT — AND HE’D BEEN GOING INSIDE
THE WHOLE GAME. NOW THEY’RE SAYING, “IF YOU WANT TO PLAY OFF
THAT FAR AND DOUBLE, WE’LL JUST THROW THE OUT
IN FRONT OF YOU.” FATHER AND SON. LARRY’S CAUGHT THREE PASSES
ON THIS DRIVE. ALSO THEY BROUGHT IN
JERHEME URBAN AND J.J. ARRINGTON, WHO’D BARELY PLAYED
UNTIL THIS DRIVE. THEY WENT
TO THE NO-HUDDLE. AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS
HAVE PUT THEM IN A POSITION TO GET RIGHT BACK IN IT. SECOND DOWN AND GOAL FROM
JUST INSIDE THE 5-YARD LINE. WARNER DUMPS IT. HIGHTOWER.
CAN HE GET IN? HE CAN ONLY GET
TO THE 1-YARD LINE. AND JUST TO MAKE IT
OFFICIAL — TERRY McAULAY HAD SIGNALED
THAT WAS A TIME-OUT, ARIZONA. HE MEANT TO SAY —
HE TURNED IT AROUND WHEN WE WENT TO THE BREAK —
“TIME-OUT, PITTSBURGH.” THEY TOOK
A DEFENSIVE TIME-OUT. KURT WARNER KNOWS THAT HE’S GONNA HAVE SOMETHING
THERE IN THE MIDDLE. HAS HIS OUTSIDE RECEIVERS
GOING OUTSIDE. AND THEN HE RUNS
WHAT WE CALL A MIDDLE SCREEN. MOST SCREENS THAT THE CARDINALS
RUN ARE TO THE OUTSIDE. THAT ONE
WAS RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. THIRD AND GOAL.
HIGHTOWER IS THE BACK. THE ROOKIE OUT OF RICHMOND
IS THE RUNNING BACK. AND IT’S GONNA BE A FADE
FOR FITZGERALD, WHO’S GONNA GO UP AND MAKE
THE CATCH FOR THE TOUCHDOWN! [ CROWD CHEERING ] LARRY FITZGERALD. AND HIS FATHER,
LIKE A TRUE JOURNALIST — NO CHEERING
IN THE PRESS BOX — AS THE 6’3″ FITZGERALD
GOES OVER THE 6’1″ IKE TAYLOR AND HAULS IT IN. THERE’S NO ONE THAT DOES IT
BETTER THAN LARRY FITZGERALD — TO GO UP AND GET THE BALL
AT THE HIGHEST POINT. AND THE DEFENDER CANNOT GO
AS HIGH AS HE CAN GO. I MEAN, HE IS SUPER, SUPER,
SUPER AT THIS. AND HE DIDN’T DO MUCH
THREE QUARTERS. THEN YOU GET HERE AT THE END OF
THE FOURTH WHEN THEY NEED HIM, AND HE’S MADE BIG PLAYS
ON THIS DRIVE. NEIL RACKERS
FOR THE EXTRA POINT. AND THAT DRIVE TOOK
ONLY 3:57. IT GOES 87 YARDS. LARRY FITZGERALD, SIX RECEIVING
TOUCHDOWNS THIS POSTSEASON, TYING THE MARK SET BY JERRY RICE
IN ’88. LET’S GO BACK
TO THE WAY HE PLUCKS IT. THAT’S WHY YOU HAVE TO HAVE
BIG HANDS AND STRONG HANDS. AND THEN IF YOU HAVE BIG HANDS
AND STRONG HANDS AND YOU CAN JUMP
LIKE THAT, YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE TOUCHDOWNS
LIKE THAT. THAT HAD A LITTLE DAVID TYREE
IN THAT PLAY. JUST A LITTLE BIT. CAUGHT A LITTLE BIT
OF THE FRONT PART OF THE HELMET. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME,
THOUGH. DIDN’T YOU FEEL THAT, YOU KNOW,
THEY WERE DOUBLING HIM, THOSE SAFETIES
WERE WAY OFF, THAT THE CARDINALS
HAD TO FIND A WAY TO GET THE BALL TO
LARRY FITZGERALD, AND THEY DID. RACKERS’ KICK IS FIELDED
AT THE 6-YARD LINE. THIS IS CAREY DAVIS
RUNNING IT BACK. UP TO THE 24-YARD LINE. PUSHY-SHOVEY HERE
WITH DAVIS AND BEISEL. LET’S GO BACK
TO THE RECEIVING RADIUS. WELL, YOU KNOW,
THAT’S WHAT QUARTERBACKS LOVE, IS WHEN YOU HAVE A BIG RADIUS
LIKE THAT, WHERE YOU CAN JUMP
AND YOU CAN USE YOUR BODY AND YOU HAVE A BIG BODY AND YOU CAN JUST PLUCK THE BALL
OUT OF THE AIR. AND ALL KURT WARNER
HAS TO DO IS NOT NECESSARILY ALWAYS
THROW ITTOLARRY FITZGERALD, BUT JUST THROW IT AWAY
FROM THE DEFENDER. TAYLOR RIGHT THERE. BUT WE’VE SEEN FITZGERALD
DO THAT SO MUCH, ESPECIALLY IN POSTSEASON, WHERE HE’S REALLY COME INTO
THE COUNTRY’S CONSCIOUSNESS. FROM THE 24-YARD LINE. THE HAND-OFF
GOES TO PARKER. WILLIE PARKER TAKES IT UP
TO THE 28-YARD LINE. MONTY BEISEL
MAKES THE TACKLE. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN AND 7
AFTER A GAIN OF 3. LARRY FITZGERALD HAS KEPT
THE CARDINALS IN THIS GAME, BUT ANOTHER GUY
IS DARNELL DOCKETT. JUST THINK OF THE BIG PLAYS
THAT HE MADE. THEY’RE DOWN THERE ON THE GOAL
LINE THAT LAST SERIES, WHEN HE WAS GETTING
PENETRATION. THIS GUY HAS COME UP VERY BIG
TODAY FOR THE CARDINAL DEFENSE. THAT DEFENSE DID. ESPECIALLY AFTER THE PERSONAL
FOUL ON ADRIAN WILSON. THE TWO GOAL-LINE STANDS,
LIMITING THEM TO A FIELD GOAL, KEEPING THEM IN A POSITION WHERE
IT’S A TWO-POSSESSION GAME. AND NOW, OF COURSE,
IT’S A ONE-POSSESSION GAME. SECOND DOWN AND 6. BEN IS GONNA GET BURIED
AT THE 18-YARD LINE. AND THAT IS DOCKETT
COMING RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. HE WAS ON THE RIGHT GUARD,
DARNELL STAPLETON, ON THIS ONE. YOU SEE HIM RIGHT HERE.
HE JUST TAKES AN INSIDE CHARGE. HE’S SO POWERFUL
AND SO STRONG THAT HE GOES
IN THAT CENTER-GUARD GAP. RIGHT THERE.
AND HE JUST EXPLODES IT. AND WHEN HE COMES OUT
OF HIS EXPLOSION, HE’S RIGHT ON
BEN ROETHLISBERGER. 10-YARD SACK. MEWELDE MOORE
IS THE BACK. THIRD DOWN AND 16. [ CROWD CHEERING ] FOUR-MAN RUSH. TIME FOR BEN. SWINGS IT OUT, NEAR SIDE.
CATCH MADE. AND SHORT OF THE FIRST DOWN
IS MILLER. SO THEY HAD TO PROTECT
AGAINST A 16-YARD GAIN. MILLER WINDS UP
WITH A GAIN OF 10. BUT IT WILL BE
FOURTH DOWN AND 6, AND THE CARDINALS
ARE GONNA GET THE BALL WITH UNDER 6 MINUTES
TO PLAY. NOW I KNOW WHAT BEN — WHAT MIKE TOMLIN’S THINKING
ABOUT RIGHT HERE IS, “WE GOT THE NUMBER-ONE DEFENSE
IN FOOTBALL. “WE’VE BEEN NUMBER ONE
ALL YEAR. “AND NOW
WE’RE IN THE SUPER BOWL. “WE’RE IN
THE FOURTH QUARTER. “WE’RE ABOUT 5 MINUTES
LEFT TO GO. WE HAVE TO PROVE
WE’RE THE BEST DEFENSE.” BERGER WITH A WOBBLY KICK. IT TAKES A PRETTY DECENT
PITTSBURGH BOUNCE. AND WILL ROLL DEAD
AT THE 25-YARD LINE. GO BACK TWO DECADES. IF THE STEELERS HAVE
AN 11-OR-MORE-POINT LEAD — THERE IT IS — ONE LOSS
IN 144 REGULAR-SEASON GAMES. THERE WAS ONE TIE
AS WELL. 10-0 IN POSTSEASON. BUT RIGHT NOW, IN A GAME IN WHICH IT WAS 20-7
NOT THAT LONG AGO, IT’S 20-14. FROM THE 25-YARD LINE. J.J. ARRINGTON IS IN
THE BACKFIELD WITH WARNER. FITZGERALD COMES
TO THE LEFT. LOOKING TO THE RIGHT. LOOKING FOR BOLDIN. THAT TIME
TAYLOR COVERS BOLDIN. AND NOW YOU’VE GOT
A LOT OF SHOVING GOING ON. AND YOU’VE GOT A FLAG
COMING IN. KEN WHISENHUNT IS RIGHT
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLAY. AND IKE TAYLOR WAS THERE
WITH THE COVERAGE. AGAIN, THAT WAS WHAT
I WAS TALKING ABOUT, IS YOU THROW IT AWAY
FROM THE DEFENDER TO YOUR BIG WIDE RECEIVERS. AND KURT WARNER SAYS THOSE GUYS
ARE SO BIG AND STRONG THAT NO DEFENDER
CAN GO THROUGH THEM. I THINK BOLDIN JUST SHOWED THAT
ON THAT PLAY. AFTER THE PLAY, PERSONAL FOUL.
UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS. DEFENSE, NUMBER 24. 15-YARD PENALTY.
FIRST DOWN. IKE TAYLOR.
NOT SWAGGIN’ RIGHT THERE. LOOK AT THIS.
I MEAN, THAT’S A PLAY. YOU PUT IT ON THE OUTSIDE WHERE THERE’S NO WAY
THE DEFENDER CAN GET HIM. THEY GOT TAYLOR.
HE THREW THAT FIRST PUNCH. THEY GOT THE RIGHT GUY.
THEY USUALLY GET THE SECOND GUY. I THINK THEY GOT THE RIGHT GUY
IN IKE TAYLOR THAT TIME. HE THREW THE FIRST PUNCH. THAT’S PITTSBURGH’S FIRST
PENALTY IN THE SECOND HALF. BALL AT THE 49
AFTER THE FOUL. 5 MINUTES TO GO. THEY RUN A DRAW
WITH ARRINGTON. HE GETS TAKEN DOWN
BY FARRIOR. AGAIN, ARRINGTON PLAYING
SO LITTLE. HAD A TWEAKED KNEE. WE DIDN’T SEE URBAN. THEY BROUGHT THEM BOTH IN
ON THAT LAST DRIVE. THEY WENT TO NO-HUDDLE. HALEY MIXED IT UP,
AND THEY WENT 87 YARDS. AND THEY’RE BACK IN BUSINESS
HERE. THEY’RE DOING
THE SAME THING. THEY’RE GOING
NO-HUDDLE AGAIN. SHOTGUN.
FOUR WIDE RECEIVERS. I THINK THEY CAN STILL DO
SOME BUSINESS IN THAT MIDDLE. SECOND AND 10. WARNER’S LOOKING
OVER THAT MIDDLE. AND THEY’RE DOING BUSINESS —
YOU BET! BREASTON.
TO THE 26-YARD LINE. POLAMALU LOOKS AT THE OFFICIAL
AND HE SAYS, “WHERE’S THE HOLD?” NO FLAG.
FIRST DOWN. 23-YARD GAIN. WE TALK
ABOUT THE PATTERNS AND THE QUARTERBACK THROWING
AND THE GUYS CATCHING. BUT LOOK AT THIS
PASS PROTECTION. LOOK AT THAT POCKET
FOR KURT WARNER. HE CAN LOOK AND READ
AND STEP UP. AND NO ONE IS CLOSE
TO TOUCHING HIM. BOY, IF THEY PULL THIS OFF, AL,
AND IF KURT WARNER DOES THIS, AND ALL THE TALK — “SHOULD HE
BE A HALL OF FAMER OR NOT?” HERE’S A FLAG HERE. AND WARNER’S GONNA
THROW IT AWAY. YOU’VE GOT A HOLD.
MIKE GANDY AGAIN. HOLDING.
OFFENSE, NUMBER 69. 10-YARD PENALTY.
FIRST DOWN. HOLDING HARRISON. WHEN YOU HAVE HARRISON
OVER YOU, WELL — THREE HOLDING CALLS TONIGHT
ON GANDY. AND YOU KNEW THAT
THAT WAS GONNA HAPPEN. HE’S SO TOUGH TO BLOCK. AND YOU HAVE TO KEEP HIM
OFF YOUR QUARTERBACK. YOU SEE HE FAKED
TO THE INSIDE. AND USUALLY WHEN YOUR FEET
GET OUT OF POSITION AS A TACKLE, THEN YOU USE YOUR ARMS OR YOUR
HANDS AND YOU DO IT ILLEGALLY. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED
TO GANDY. GOT FAKED INSIDE,
PUT HIS ARM OUTSIDE. WARNER HAS
10 CONSECUTIVE COMPLETIONS. FIRST AND 20 AT THE 36. WARNER. OOH.
AND POLAMALU TRIED TO SNEAK IN. INTENDED FOR BOLDIN. AND HE’LL DO THAT. I MEAN, HERE’S TROY POLAMALU
ON THE OUTSIDE, AND HE’S READING
KURT WARNER. AND THEN
HE JUST JUMPS INSIDE. YOU KNOW, HE DIDN’T PLAY HIM
FROM THE OUTSIDE. KURT WARNER WAS TRYING TO GET IT
TO HIS OUTSIDE SHOULDER. POLAMALU ALMOST
MADE THAT PLAY. BRENDA WARNER. SHE’S BEEN HERE BEFORE.
HER THIRD SUPER BOWL AS WELL. SECOND DOWN AND 20. BOLDIN AND FITZGERALD
BOTH COMING OFF THE LEFT SIDE. WARNER OVER THE MIDDLE. AND THAT PASS
IS ALMOST PICKED. AND THAT TIME IT WAS
TYRONE CARTER WHO WAS THERE. INCOMPLETE. JERHEME URBAN
WAS THE INTENDED RECEIVER. AND NOW YOU HAVE
A THIRD DOWN AND 20. YOU KNOW, NORV TURNER, WHOSE CHARGERS LOST TO
THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS, SAID, “ONE THING
ABOUT THE STEELER DEFENSE — “DICK LeBEAU WILL ALWAYS WAIT
FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER, “AND HE’LL HAVE A SPECIAL BLITZ
THAT YOU HAVEN’T SEEN. IT’S USUALLY A CORNER.” I WOULD THINK IF HE’S
GOING TO DO A SPECIAL BLITZ, IT WOULD BE
ON THIS PLAY HERE. AND THE CARDINALS
HAVE TO THINK ABOUT, DO THEY GO TO SET UP
A FIELD-GOAL OPPORTUNITY? RIGHT NOW IT’S 53 YARDS. DO YOU GET HALF OF IT AND GIVE
RACKERS A BETTER CHANCE? KEY, KEY PLAY.
THIRD DOWN AND 20. WARNER. AND HE GETS HIT AS HE THROWS.
THE PASS IS INCOMPLETE. LaMARR WOODLEY
PUT THE PRESSURE ON. SO NOW YOU’RE IN A SITUATION —
IT’S FOURTH DOWN AND 20. WARNER’S LOOKING
TO THE BENCH. THE OTHER THING YOU CAN DO
IS PUNT. YOU CAN PUNT,
TRY TO PIN THEM DEEP, HAVE YOUR DEFENSE TAKE OVER,
GET THE BALL BACK. BECAUSE IF YOU TRY A RACKERS
FIELD GOAL AND HE MISSES, YOU GIVE PITTSBURGH THE BALL
NEAR MIDFIELD. YEAH, HERE COMES WOODLEY. AGAIN, YOU EXPECT THOSE GUYS
TO SPEED RUSH, AND THEN THEY BULL-RUSH
AND THEY GO RIGHT THROUGH YOU, LIKE HE DID ON LEVI BROWN
THAT PLAY. AS YOU SAY,
PUNT IS A POSSIBILITY. PUNT IS A PRETTY GOOD CALL
RIGHT HERE. THAT PENALTY ON GANDY
VERY HARMFUL. REALLY TOOK THEM
OUT OF FIELD-GOAL RANGE. HE PUTS THE NOSE
OF THE BALL DOWN, DOES GRAHAM. CAN THEY STOP IT
INSIDE THE 5? AND THEY… THERE ARE TWO FLAGS NOW
WAY BACK WHERE THE KICKER WAS. MEANWHILE, THE BALL IS DOWNED
AT THE 2-YARD LINE. BUT AGAIN, THE GAME
HAS BECOME VERY CHIPPY. YOU’VE GOT McAULAY
THROWING A FLAG. THERE’S ANOTHER FLAG DOWN
BACK AT THE 35-YARD LINE. IT WAS FOURTH AND 20. DURING THE KICK, PERSONAL FOUL. UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS. RECEIVING TEAM, NUMBER 92. HALF THE DISTANCE
FROM THE END OF THE PLAY. FIRST DOWN, PITTSBURGH. HUGE!
JAMES HARRISON. THEY SAID 92.
AFTER THE PLAY. SO HERE’S THE BALL. THE CHANGE
OF POSSESSION — IT’S HUGE IN THE SENSE THAT
AT WHAT POINT IT WAS CALLED. HERE’S HARRISON. SO IF THAT HAPPENS BEFORE
THE CHANGE OF POSSESSION — AND LOOK AT THAT.
YEAH. HE OUGHT TO BE THROWN OUT
FOR THAT. I MEAN, I LOVE HIM. I LOVE THE WAY HE’S PLAYING,
BUT THAT YOU DON’T DO. YOU DON’T PUNCH A GUY
AND PUNCH HIM WHEN HE’S DOWN. YOU KNOW,
AND I LIKE AGGRESSIVENESS. I LIKE TOUGH FOOTBALL.
BUT THAT’S OVERBOARD. AND I SAID
IT ALL DEPENDS — IT WAS HUGE IN THE SENSE THAT,
DURING THE KICK, IT’S A POST-POSSESSION FOUL. SO IN OTHER WORDS,
THEY ALREADY DEEMED POSSESSION TO HAVE BEEN CHANGED, MEANING THAT IT’S NOT
A FIRST DOWN FOR ARIZONA. PITTSBURGH KEEPS THE BALL,
BUT THEY’RE AT THE 1-YARD LINE. CAN THEY GET
BREATHING SPACE? 3:26 LEFT
IN THE FOURTH. AND ROETHLISBERGER
IS GONNA THROW. AND THAT PASS IS INCOMPLETE.
INTENDED FOR HINES WARD. AND THREE RED SHIRTS
SURROUND HIM. AND THAT STOPS THE CLOCK.
3:21. SECOND DOWN AND 10. HERE’S WHERE THE STEELERS BETTER GET
DARNELL DOCKETT BLOCKED, BECAUSE HE’S THE GUY THAT’S BEEN
CAUSING THE HAVOC INSIDE. HE’S BEEN GETTING
PENETRATION. AND HE’S THE GUY
THAT COULD MAKE A BIG PLAY HERE. JUST AS I SAY THAT,
HE RUNS OUT OF THE GAME. AND LET’S GIVE
A SHOUT-OUT TO — I THINK IF I’M COACHING, I WANT
DOCKETT IN THERE RIGHT NOW. TO ME, WHEN YOU GOT THEM
BACKED UP LIKE THIS, THIS IS
LIKE GOAL-LINE. SHOUT-OUT
TO MICHAEL ADAMS, WHO WAS THE GUY WHO DOWNED
THE BALL AT THE 1-YARD LINE. CAN PARKER
GET OUT OF THE END ZONE?! CAN HE GET OUT
IS THE QUESTION. AND THEY’RE GONNA SAY HE DOES.
HE JUST GETS OUT. THE WHOLE BALL
HAS TO GET OUT, AS OPPOSED TO A TOUCHDOWN,
WHERE THE TIP OF THE BALL TOUCHES THE FRONT OF THE
GOAL LINE — THAT’S A TOUCHDOWN. IN THIS CASE,
TO COME OUT OF THE END ZONE, THE ENTIRE FOOTBALL
MUST COME OUT OF THE END ZONE. ARIZONA NOW TAKES
A TIME-OUT. IT’LL BE THIRD DOWN AND 10
FROM JUST OUTSIDE THE GOAL LINE. OH, BABY,
I’LL TELL YOU WHAT. THEY HAD HIM. IF THE WHOLE BALL
GETS OUT, IT GOT OUT
AFTER THE INITIAL CONTACT. YEP, THAT SECOND BURST BY PARKER
AVOIDS THE SAFETY. YOU’VE GOT
TRAVIS LaBOY, 55, IS THE GUY RIGHT THERE
WHO WRESTLES HIM DOWN. AND WE’RE GONNA HAVE
A THIRD DOWN AND 10 NOW WITH 3:04 LEFT IN THE FOURTH
AND ARIZONA USING A TIME-OUT. SO THEY HAVE TWO LEFT. IF LaBOY COULD’VE HELD HIM
THERE, THAT WOULD’VE BEEN A SAFETY. BUT RIGHT AT THE END, PARKER WAS ABLE
TO GET THE WHOLE BALL OUT. NOW, IF YOU’RE THE STEELERS,
THERE’S A DILEMMA HERE. SURE, YOU WANT TO GET
THE FIRST DOWN, OBVIOUSLY. THAT WOULD BE
THE BEST RESULT. BUT YOU HAVE TO ALSO THINK ABOUT
GETTING SOME EXTRA SPACE. OTHERWISE, MITCH BERGER
IS GONNA HAVE TO TAKE THAT SNAP ABOUT 9 1/2 YARDS
BACK FROM CENTER. RIGHT.
AND WHAT YOU WANT IS 15. SO ONE OF THEIR GOALS
HAS TO BE, GET THE BALL OUT
AT LEAST TO THE 5-YARD LINE TO GIVE YOUR PUNTER THE FULL
15 YARDS FROM THE SNAPPER. BEN. THEY COULD TAKE A SAFETY HERE
TOO. OUT OF THE GUN.
ROETHLISBERGER. GONNA THROW
OVER THE MIDDLE. AND THE PASS IS GOING TO BE
CAUGHT BY HOLMES! AT THE 21-YARD LINE. SANTONIO HOLMES GETS INSIDE
RODGERS-CROMARTIE. AND A FLAG IS DOWN. HOLDING.
OFFENSE, NUMBER 62. THAT’S A SAFETY. THE FOUL OCCURRED
IN THE END ZONE. SAFETY. WOW! [ CROWD CHEERING ] JUSTIN HARTWIG
IS THE CENTER. SO INSTEAD OF HOLMES MAYBE
SECURING A LOMBARDI TROPHY, YOU’VE GOT A SAFETY,
YOU’VE GOT A 20-16 GAME, AND YOU HAVE A KICK COMING
FROM THE 20-YARD LINE. LOOK AT THIS. JUSTIN HARTWIG
GETTING A TAKEDOWN. AND AGAIN, THE RULE IS, HOLDING
IN THE END ZONE IS A SAFETY. 2 POINTS. LOOK AT THAT PASS
TO HOLMES. GOT INSIDE CROMARTIE. HARTWIG HELD CHIKE OKEAFOR
FOR THE SAFETY. AND NOW IT NEGATES
THIS PLAY RIGHT HERE, WHICH WOULD’VE TAKEN THEM
OUT TO THE 21, GIVEN THEM
A FRESH SET OF DOWNS, AND COMPELLED ARIZONA TO USE
ITS REMAINING TWO TIME-OUTS. OH, BOY. JUST THINK HOW IMPORTANT
PENALTIES HAVE BEEN IN THIS GAME OR HOW BIG THEY’VE BEEN —
ON BOTH SIDES. THERE HASN’T BEEN A SAFETY
IN A SUPER BOWL SINCE BRUCE SMITH
SACKED JEFF HOSTETLER HERE IN TAMPA
IN SUPER BOWL XXV. BRUCE SMITH GOING INTO
THE HALL OF FAME YESTERDAY. I WAS SAYING EARLIER
THAT MIKE TOMLIN HAD TO CALL ON HIS DEFENSE
IN THAT LAST SITUATION. NOW HEREALLY
HAS TO CALL ON THEM. ONE THING —
AFTER THE SAFETY, YOU GET A FREE KICK
FROM THE 20-YARD LINE. SO THE CARDINALS
SHOULD GET PRETTY GOOD FIELD POSITION
AFTER THIS. KICKS IT AWAY.
BREASTON IS BACK TO RECEIVE IT. HAULS IT IN AT THE 28
AND GETS BURIED AT THE 36. THAT’S A GREAT PLAY RIGHT THERE
BY PATRICK BAILEY, WHO PLAYS ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY
ON SPECIAL TEAMS. RIGHT THERE TO SMOTHER HIM
AT THE 36-YARD LINE. GREAT TACKLE BY BAILEY. FIRST OF ALL,
YOU HAVE TO GET BY BLOCKERS. YOU HAVE TO GET DOWN THERE. THEN YOU HAVE HAVE TO
TIME IT UP. THEN YOU HAVE TO MAKE A TACKLE
LIKE THAT. DAN ROONEY.
JACKET OFF. SUSPENDERS TIGHTENED UP. [ CHUCKLES ] RIGHT.
STANDING UP. BRACING HIMSELF. THIS IS BIG.
THIS IS BIG. SET UP
FOR A FANTASTIC FINISH. J.J. ARRINGTON
IS IN THE BACKFIELD. BOLDIN AND FITZGERALD
SHARE A WORD ON THE RIGHT SIDE. WARNER THROWS
OVER THE MIDDLE. AND THAT PASS
IS INCOMPLETE. IN AND OUT OF THE HANDS
OF ANQUAN BOLDIN. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN
AND 10. THE STEELERS ARE USING
THEIR DIME DEFENSE NOW, SO IT’S JUST ALL ABOUT PASS RUSH
AND PASS COVERAGE. AND, AGAIN,
I LIKED THE CARDINALS WHEN THEY GOT IN
THAT NO-HUDDLE PACE AND STARTED GETTING THE BALL
TO FITZGERALD. AND MAYBE SOMEWHERE
ON THIS DRIVE, THEY OUGHT TO GO BACK
TO THAT. NOW THEY GOT THOSE SAFETIES
DEEP AGAIN. SECOND AND 10. WARNER HAS TIME. FITZGERALD!
INTO STEELER TERRITORY! 30, 20, 10! ARIZONA HAS THE LEAD! [ CROWD CHEERING ] HE HIT HIM
IN THE PERFECT PLACE. THAT MIDDLE
WAS WIDE OPEN. AS I SAID, THOSE SAFETIES
WERE 20 YARDS DEEP. AND YOU’RE GONNA SEE
THAT BIG HOLE THERE. AND ONCE LARRY FITZGERALD
GETS INTO THAT HOLE — LOOK,
THE SAFETIES ARE DEEP, AND THEY’RE OFF
LOOKING FOR THE WIDE RECEIVERS. AND LARRY FITZGERALD
CATCHES THAT BALL AND RUNS RIGHT THROUGH IT. KURT WARNER READ THE DEFENSE,
KNEW WHERE HE HAD TO GO, AND HE WENT TO THE PERFECT GUY
IN THE PERFECT SITUATION. AND WATCHES HIMSELF
GO INTO THE END ZONE ON THE BIG SCREEN. RACKERS FOR
THE POINT AFTER. AND WITH 2:37 TO PLAY
IN REGULATION, THE CARDINAL LEAD IS 3. HERE’S WHAT KURT WARNER
WAS LOOKING AT. TALKING ABOUT
HOW DEEP THESE SAFETIES ARE. YOU SEE THEY’RE BACK HERE. NOW LOOK AT THIS
WHOLE AREA HERE. AND IF YOU CAN JUST GET
A RECEIVER INTO HERE, THEN HE CAN RUN
RIGHT THROUGH IT. AND THAT’S EXACTLY
WHAT THEY DID. YOU SEE THE BIG HOLE
IN THE MIDDLE? THE SAFETIES WORK
TO THE OUTSIDE, HE GETS FITZGERALD
IN THAT HOLE, AND HE RUNS
RIGHT THROUGH THE DEFENSE. LOOKING UP AT THE BOARD.
THERE HE IS. [ Laughing ] THERE’S ABOUT
A HALF-SECOND DELAY UP ON THAT BOARD. SO WHEN HE’S
AT THE 10-YARD LINE, HE’S ONLY AT THE 15
ON THE VIDEO. BUT ONE THING YOU KNOW — WHEN YOU GET OUT IN FRONT,
YOU NEVER WANT TO LOOK BACK. RIGHT. TODD HALEY,
THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. HE SAW THOSE HOLES
IN THERE. HE KNEW
WHERE THE WEAKNESSES WERE. HE KNEW THAT HE HAD TO
GET A GUY IN THERE. IT HAD BEEN A BACK BEFORE. THAT TIME HE GOT
LARRY FITZGERALD IN THAT HOLE. RACKERS’ KICK. TO THE GOAL LINE. THIS IS CAREY DAVIS. BANGS HIS WAY
UP TO THE 22-YARD LINE. THIS WOULD BE THE BIGGEST
COMEBACK IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY. THE BIGGEST DEFICIT ERASED
UNTIL NOW HAD BEEN 10 POINTS. THIS GAME WAS ONCE
A 13-POINT GAME, AT 20-7. AND THAT ARIZONA DEFENSE, WHICH STIFFENED TWICE
ON FIRST AND GOAL AND WITHSTOOD THE ADRIAN WILSON
PERSONAL-FOUL PENALTY — ARIZONA’S DEFENSE RIGHT NOW
CAN WIN THE GAME, IN EFFECT, BY STOPPING THEM. IT’S FUNNY —
YOU GO THROUGH THE WHOLE SEASON AND ALL THE STATS
AND THE PITTSBURGH STATS. BUT WHEN YOU NEEDED THEM
TO PLAY, THEY DIDN’T DO IT. AND NOW
THE ARIZONA DEFENSE, NOT A GREAT STAT DEFENSE
THIS YEAR, BUT NOW
YOU NEED THEM TO PLAY. ARE THEY GOING TO DO IT? FROM THE 22-YARD LINE. FOUR-MAN RUSH. ROETHLISBERGER BUYS TIME. DUMPS IT OFF UNDERNEATH. CATCH MADE.
FLAG DOWN AGAIN. MEWELDE MOORE. WE HAVE HAD 16 ACCEPTED
PENALTIES IN THIS GAME. THIS IS GONNA BE HOLDING
ON THE STEELERS. IT’LL BE THE SIXTH PENALTY
AGAINST PITTSBURGH. HOLDING.
OFFENSE, NUMBER 68. 10-YARD PENALTY.
FIRST DOWN. CHRIS KEMOEATU,
THE LEFT GUARD, WITH A HOLD. YEAH, WHEN YOU SEE THAT UMPIRE
THROW THAT FLAG — HE’S THE OFFICIAL
RIGHT BEHIND THE DEFENSIVE LINE, AND HE’S LOOKING FOR HOLDING,
AND THAT’S ALL HE’S LOOKING FOR. THERE’S BEN
IN THE REGULAR SEASON. SINCE ’04
WHEN HE CAME INTO THE LEAGUE — 17 GAME-WINNING DRIVES IN
THE FOURTH QUARTER OR OVERTIME, WHICH IS WHERE WE ARE
RIGHT NOW. FIRST AND 20
FROM THE 12. ROETHLISBERGER.
AVOIDS THE SACK. DOCKETT CHASES HIM. THROWS ON THE RUN.
CAUGHT. HE EXTENDS THE PLAY AGAIN, AS
SANTONIO HOLMES MAKES THE CATCH. 27-YARD LINE. BEN TRYING TO GET A PLAY OFF
BEFORE THE 2-MINUTE WARNING. THEY HAVE TWO TIME-OUTS. PLUS, THE CLOCK WILL STOP
AT THE 2-MINUTE WARNING. I DON’T BELIEVE THEY’RE
GONNA BE ABLE TO GET THE — WELL, THEY DO. JUST BEFORE
THE 2-MINUTE WARNING. AND BEN IS GONNA GO
DEEP DOWNFIELD. AND THAT PASS IS GONNA BE TIPPED
AND INCOMPLETE. AND NO FLAG. INTENDED FOR
NATE WASHINGTON. TAMPA, FLORIDA.
SUPER BOWL XLIII. AL MICHAELS AND JOHN MADDEN
WITH YOU. WHAT A GAME.
23-20. TWISTS AND TURNS AND JUST ABOUT
EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE. THE HARRISON PLAY AT THE END
OF THE FIRST HALF. THERE’S YOUR QUARTERBACK
COMPARISON RIGHT NOW. WARNER, 344. WARNER WITH THE NUMBERS ONE
AND TWO MARKS IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY, AND IN A 3-POINT GAME,
THIS WOULD RANK SIXTH RIGHT NOW IF HE DOESN’T GAIN
ANOTHER YARD. NO SUPER BOWL GAME
HAS EVER GONE TO OVERTIME. THEY’VE BEEN CLOSE,
BUT NEVER INTO O.T. IT’S THIRD AND 6
FROM THE 26. CARDS SHOWING BLITZ. AND HERE THEY COME. AND ROETHLISBERGER ESCAPES
AND THROWS. AND THE PASS IS CAUGHT. HOLMES REACHES UP,
MAKES THE CATCH. DANSBY WAS BACK THERE
IN COVERAGE WITH HIM. BLITZING THE BACKERS. FRANCISCO CAME IN,
THE SAFETY, AS WELL. HUGE FIRST DOWN. AND THAT’S THE THING
ABOUT THE BLITZ. AND THE CARDINALS
EVEN TALKED ABOUT THAT. YOU WANT TO BLITZ BEN. BUT IF YOU DON’T GET HIM
AND HE CAN STEP UP, HE CAN MAKE A BIG PLAY
ON YOU. TWO TIME-OUTS
FOR PITTSBURGH. PASS CAUGHT. WASHINGTON
WILL TRY TO GET OUT OF BOUNDS. AND HE CAN’T.
SO THAT KEEPS THE CLOCK ROLLING. ADRIAN WILSON MAKES
THE TACKLE. AGAIN, PITTSBURGH AT LEAST
TRYING TO GET INTO FIELD-GOAL RANGE FOR ONE OF THE BETTER KICKERS
IN THE LEAGUE. AND THERE HE IS. AND IT’S BECOME
A LITTLE BIT WINDY HERE ON A NIGHT THAT STARTED
COMPLETELY WINDLESS. 70 SECONDS TO GO.
FIRST AND 10. ROETHLISBERGER STEPPING UP.
HE’S GONNA RUN. NOT FAR. HE’S GONNA BE TAKEN DOWN
AT THE 46-YARD LINE. AND THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS
ARE GOING TO SPEND A TIME-OUT. THEY HAVE ONE LEFT. 61 SECONDS.
JEFF REED. AND WHEN YOU KICK
AT HEINZ FIELD IN PITTSBURGH, YOU’RE KICKING AT PROBABLY
THE TOUGHEST VENUE IN THE NFL. THIS NOT NEARLY AS TOUGH.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WIND? ANDREA, YOU’RE DOWN THERE.
WHAT’S GOING ON? Kremer: WELL, IT’S DEFINITELY
PICKED UP DOWN HERE, AL. NOW, JEFF REED TOLD ME THAT,
GOING IN THIS DIRECTION, HIS RANGE IS 53 YARDS. BUT KEEP IN MIND THAT HE WOULD
NOW BE KICKING INTO THE WIND WITH THE BREEZE PICKING UP
AS IT HAS. RIGHT, THE FRONT COMING IN
FROM THE NORTH, BECAUSE IT’S THE NORTHERN END
THAT HE WOULD KICK TOWARD. SO THE WIND PICKING UP. THERE IT IS. THERE WASN’T A BREATH OF AIR
BEFORE THE GAME AND UNTIL SOMETIME HERE
IN THE SECOND HALF. SECOND DOWN AND 6 NOW. SO TO BE IN THAT RANGE, THEY WOULD HAVE TO GET
INSIDE THE 35-YARD LINE. RIGHT. MAKE IT A 52-,
53-YARD BOOT. SECOND DOWN AND 6. RUSHING FIVE. BEN PUMPS, THROWS. CAUGHT. HOLMES!
FRANCISCO FALLS DOWN! HOLMES IS GONNA TAKE IT
INSIDE THE 10, AND HE’S GONNA GET
TO THE 5-YARD LINE! WITH 49 SECONDS. AND ROETHLISBERGER TRYING TO GET THEM UP
TO THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. BUT THEY WILL TAKE
A TIME-OUT. A TIME-OUT
WITH 49 SECONDS. THEIR FINAL TIME-OUT. UNBELIEVABLE.
BEN ROETHLISBERGER BUYING TIME. AND THEN YOU CAN SEE
SANTONIO HOLMES CAN DO THAT. YOU SEE, HE RUNS AN IN, AND THEN
HE CAN JUST COME UNDER CONTROL. FRANCISCO COMES UP.
HE FALLS DOWN. HOLMES, A GREAT RUNNER, TURNS
TO THE OUTSIDE AND UP THE FIELD. WATCH BEN.
HE PUMPS IT. AND HIS HANDS
ARE SO BIG AND STRONG — HE PUMPS IT LIKE
HE’S GOING OUTSIDE, HOLDS IT, BRINGS IT BACK, AND THEN GETS IT
TO SANTONIO HOLMES. PITTSBURGH HAS NOW TAKEN
ITS FINAL TIME-OUT. HOLMES HAS CAUGHT EIGHT
FOR 125 YARDS. SO THEY CAN TAKE
A TIME-OUT. YOU HAVE 49 SECONDS. AND IF THEY CAN GET
INTO THE END ZONE, THEY WILL, WITH THE EXTRA POINT,
COMPEL THE CARDINALS TO GO ALL THE WAY INTO
THE END ZONE TO WIN THE GAME. FORGET ABOUT THE TIE. THAT ARIZONA DEFENSE, SO TOUGH
DEEP IN ITS OWN TERRITORY. THEY’LL HAVE TO BE TOUGH
AGAIN. THE STEELERS
SPREAD IT OUT. THREE MEN TO THE RIGHT.
TWO TO THE LEFT. FOUR-MAN RUSH. BEN COMING BACK
THE OTHER WAY. AND HOLMES CAN’T MAKE
THAT CATCH. SANTONIO HOLMES THAT TIME. RODGERS-CROMARTIE
WITH THE COVERAGE. IT’LL BE SECOND DOWN
AND GOAL. AND YOU THINK THEY’RE GONNA HAVE
TO DO SOMETHING TO SANTONIO HOLMES
OVER THERE FOR THE DEEP ONE. BECAUSE HE HAD THAT. I MEAN, HE WAS OPEN, AND THE BALL
WENT RIGHT THROUGH HIS HANDS. MM! NOW YOU THINK,
“WHAT’S THE NEXT THING THEY DO?” IF SANTONIO HOLMES
IS ONE THING, TO ME, THE NEXT THING IS HEATH MILLER
OR HINES WARD IN THIS AREA. WARD AND HOLMES ARE BOTH
LINED UP TO THE RIGHT SIDE. MILLER SLOT LEFT. WASHINGTON OUTSIDE LEFT. ROETHLISBERGER HAS TIME. THROWS FOR THE BACK
OF THE END ZONE. AND IT IS… CAUGHT FOR A TOUCHDOWN
BY HOLMES! [ CROWD CHEERING ] UNBELIEVABLE! INCREDIBLE! THE OFFICIAL COMES IN. LET’S JUST MAKE SURE HE’S IN
ON A PLAY LIKE THIS, OBVIOUSLY. THEY WILL TAKE A LONG LOOK
UPSTAIRS. BEN.
TO THE CORNER OF THE END ZONE. DOES HE GET
BOTH FEET DOWN? LEFT, DEFINITELY. DID THE RIGHT TAP, AS WELL,
WITH CONTROL? YOU HAVE TO HAVE CONTROL
WITH BOTH FEET DOWN. I SAY YES. I DO TOO. BOTH FEET IN, BOTH FEET DOWN,
AND CONTROL OF THE BALL. AMAZING.
THREE CARDINALS ARE THERE. YOU GOT THREE GUYS. HE HAD IT ON THE OTHER SIDE
ON THE PLAY BEFORE, THOUGH. RIGHT,
THE RIGHT FOOT IS COMING UP, BUT IT’S
DOWN ON THE GROUND. IS IT DOWN ON THE GROUND? DOES HE TOE-TAP IT
AS HE HAS CONTROL OF THE BALL? HE HAS CONTROL
ALL THE WAY THROUGH. AND THAT’S THE WHOLE ISSUE
RIGHT THERE. AND I SAY HE HAS BOTH FEET DOWN
AND CONTROL OF THE BALL. WE HAVE 35 SECONDS. IF IT STANDS, WITH THE EXTRA POINT,
YOU’VE GOT A 4-POINT GAME. AND THEN WARNER AND COMPANY,
WITH TWO TIME-OUTS, WOULD HAVE TO GO
THE LENGTH OF THE FIELD. FIELD JUDGE COMING IN —
RIGHT THERE — HE’S THE CLOSEST MAN TO IT —
TO SIGNAL A TOUCHDOWN. AN AMAZING PLAY. GREG GAUTREAUX,
THE FIELD JUDGE. THERE’S HARRISON. THE EMOTIONS IN THIS GAME
HAVE BEEN OVER THE MOON. UNBELIEVABLE. YOU KNOW,
COULD KURT WARNER DO IT? COULD THE CARDINALS DO IT?
THEN THEY DO IT. COULD THE STEELERS DO IT?
COULD BEN ROETHLISBERGER DO IT? THEYTHEYDID IT. I THINK THE CALL IS DEFINITELY
GONNA STAND, BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING
THAT WE CAN SEE THAT WOULD OVERTURN
THAT CALL. YOU HAVE TO SEE SOMETHING
THAT OVERTURNS WHAT THE CALL
ON THE FIELD IS. I DON’T THINK
THERE’S ANY DOUBT. HE HAD BOTH FEET IN,
AND HE HAD CONTROL OF THE BALL. AFTER REVIEW, THE RECEIVER
CONTROLLED THE FOOTBALL, CAME DOWN ON BOTH TOES
IN BOUNDS. TOUCHDOWN,
AS RULED ON THE FIELD. [ CROWD CHEERING ] SANTONIO HOLMES, WHO’S HAD SO MANY BIG PLAYS
IN POSTSEASON, INCLUDING THAT PUNT RUNBACK
AGAINST THE SAN DIEGO CHARGERS THAT TURNED THAT GAME AROUND
IN THE DIVISIONAL ROUND. AGAIN,
THAT WAS A GREAT CALL BY THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR,
BRUCE ARIANS, BECAUSE HE HAD THE CORNER
ON THE LEFT SIDE, AND INSTEAD OF SAYING, “LET’S GO BACK
AND DO THE SAME THING,” HE PUT HOLMES
OVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE AND RAN THE SAME PATTERN. JEFF REED. TO MAKE IT
A 4-POINT GAME. AND THAT’S EXACTLY
WHAT HE DOES. 27-23. 35 SECONDS. TWO TIME-OUTS
FOR THE ARIZONA CARDINALS, WHO HAVE TO GET
A TOUCHDOWN. AGAIN, LOOK WHAT BEN DOES. I MEAN, HE’S SO BIG AND STRONG
THAT HE CAN BUY TIME. HE CAN MOVE A LITTLE. HE CAN PUMP, BRING IT BACK,
RELOAD IT, AND STILL
GET IT OUT THERE. KURT WARNER THINKING, “WHAT IN
THE HECK DO WE HAVE TO DO HERE?” “OH, NO.” SANTONIO HOLMES MAKING
HIS NINTH CATCH. 131 YARDS TONIGHT. FITZGERALD HAS CAUGHT SIX. AND HE’S GONNA HAVE
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY WITH ARIZONA
GETTING THE BALL BACK. RUNNING THE KICK BACK
WILL BE J.J. ARRINGTON. WHAT THE CARDINALSREALLYNEED
RIGHT NOW TO GIVE THEM SOME SORT
OF A CHANCE, A DECENT SHOT, IS AN OUTSTANDING RUNBACK. HERE COMES REED. HE’S GONNA
BACK ARRINGTON DEEP. FROM THE 1-YARD LINE. ARRINGTON.
15, 20. AND ALL HE GETS
IS UP TO THE 23-YARD LINE. SO THEY NEED 77 YARDS
IN 29 SECONDS. AND THEY DO HAVE
THE TWO TIME-OUTS, SO THEY CAN STILL WORK
THAT MIDDLE. I MEAN, IF PITTSBURGH
WANTS TO DO THE SAME THING AND PLAY THAT DIME DEFENSE,
PLAY THOSE SAFETIES DEEP, AND GIVE THEM THE MIDDLE,
KURT WARNER COULD TAKE IT AGAIN. BOLDIN, FITZGERALD,
AND BREASTON. ALL THREE 1,000-YARD RECEIVERS
LINE UP ON THE RIGHT SIDE. JERHEME URBAN LINES UP
TO THE LEFT. WARNER BUYING TIME. OVER THE MIDDLE.
FITZGERALD MAKES THE CATCH. FITZGERALD GETS THE BALL OUT
TO THE 44-YARD LINE. AND ARIZONA IS COMPELLED
TO TAKE A TIME-OUT. YOU JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT HERE.
YOU CAN’T TRY TO SPIKE IT. THEY HAVE ONE LEFT.
22 SECONDS. ONE THING
THAT THE STEELER DEFENSE WILL DO IS YOU GUARD
THE SIDELINES. YOU DON’T LET THEM GET
THE OUTS. AND IF THEY DO GET
SOMETHING WHERE THEY’RE RUNNING
TOWARDS THE BOUNDARIES, YOU HAVE TO TACKLE THEM. YOU CANNOT LET THEM COMPLETE
A PASS AND GET OUT OF BOUNDS. DICK LeBEAU, 71-YEAR-OLD
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR. HAS BEEN IN FOOTBALL
ALL HIS LIFE. AND HE’S SEEN IT ALL. AND THAT’S WHERE EXPERIENCE
IN COORDINATORS COME IN IS RIGHT HERE, WHERE NO MATTER
WHAT THE SITUATION IS, YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE. ANY PROBLEMS YOU HAVE,
YOU USUALLY KNOW HOW TO FIX. HIS TEAM TRYING TO GIVE HIM
A 50th-ANNIVERSARY GIFT. 10 YEARS AS A PLAYER,
40 AS A COACH. FIRST DOWN.
22 SECONDS. ONE TIME-OUT. THEY HAVE TO GO
56 YARDS. WARNER.
GOING UNDERNEATH. AND IT’S
TO THE 44-YARD LINE. AND THIS IS ARRINGTON
MAKING THE CATCH. AND THEY HAVE TO USE
THEIR FINAL TIME-OUT HERE. SO IT WILL COME DOWN
TO THIS. YOU HAVE TO WORK THE SIDELINES
AT THIS POINT OR JUST THROW IT UP
INTO THE END ZONE AND MAYBE FITZGERALD WINS
A JUMP BALL. RIGHT, AND THAT’S THE THING
THAT THE STEELERS DO. THEY GIVE YOU THAT INSIDE. THEN THEY MAKE YOU TAKE
THE INSIDE AND THEN DON’T LET YOU
GET OUT OF BOUNDS, MAKE YOU USE
YOUR TIME-OUTS. NOW YOU HAVE TO THROW OUTS
OR COMEBACKS. YOU HAVE TO THROW PATTERNS
TO THE BOUNDARIES OR IN THE END ZONE. BEN ROETHLISBERGER
WITH A 256-YARD NIGHT. ONE TOUCHDOWN PASS. AND IT MAY BE ENOUGH
TO WIN SUPER BOWL XLIII. A LOT OF THINGS IN FOOTBALL
IS WHEN YOU DO THEM. I MEAN, THERE ARE STATS, AND PEOPLE HAVE NUMBERS,
AND THEY DID THIS OR THAT. BUT DID YOU DO IT WHEN YOU
HAD TO DO IT TO WIN THE GAME? THAT WOULD BE ANSWERED
DEFINITIVELY. FROM THE 44. BREASTON TO THE LEFT. THREE RECEIVERS
TO THE RIGHT. WARNER STEPPING UP. BUYING TIME.
UNDER PRESSURE. TRYING TO SLING IT AWAY. WAS THE ARM COMING FORWARD? THAT’S LaMARR WOODLEY
WHO GOT THERE. AND LaMARR WOODLEY
CREATES THE FUMBLE. AND A PITTSBURGH RECOVERY
WITH 5 SECONDS LEFT! BRETT KEISEL RECOVERED IT. WARNER BUYING TIME,
TRYING TO FIND ROOM. FLAGS ON THE FIELD NOW
AFTER THE PLAY. FARRIOR TOOK
HIS HELMET OFF, BUT THAT WOULD BE
POST-POSSESSION IF THIS PLAY STANDS. AFTER THE PLAY,
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. RECOVERING TEAM. 15-YARD PENALTY.
HELMET REMOVAL. FIRST DOWN, PITTSBURGH. [ CROWD CHEERING ] THE QUESTION IS,
IS IT A FUMBLE? IS THE ARM
COMING FORWARD? CLEARLY, ANOTHER THING
THEY WILL LOOK AT UPSTAIRS. NO CHALLENGES
IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES. IS IT THE EMPTY HAND?
IS THE ARM COMING FORWARD? HE’S TRYING TO GET IT OUT. THE QUESTION IS,
IS IT AN INCOMPLETE PASS? AND, OF COURSE,
THE CARDINALS ARE ALL SAYING, “GO OVER TO THE HOOD. GO OVER TO THE HOOD.” IT LOOKS LIKE A FUMBLE
TO US BECAUSE HIS ARM
IS NOT COMING FORWARD AS THE BALL
IS COMING OUT. AND INDEED THEY LOOKED UPSTAIRS.
THEY CONFIRM IT IS A FUMBLE. AND THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS BECOME THE FIRST FRANCHISE
IN HISTORY TO WIN SIX SUPER BOWLS. [ CROWD CHEERING ] I DON’T KNOW
THAT YOU CAN BEAT LAST YEAR’S GAME WITH THE GIANTS
AND NEW ENGLAND, BUT THIS IS
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE IT IS. SANTONIO HOLMES ON THE DRIVE
AFTER ARIZONA HAD TAKEN THE LEAD AFTER THEY HAD ERASED
A 13-POINT DEFICIT. [ Laughing ] THERE’S THE
GATORADE BATH FOR MIKE TOMLIN AFTER THE CHANGE
OF POSSESSION. AND IN HIS SECOND YEAR,
HE NOT ONLY BECOMES THE YOUNGEST COACH
TO COACH IN A SUPER BOWL, CLEARLY THE YOUNGEST
TO WIN A SUPER BOWL. JON GRUDEN WAS 39 WHEN HE WON FOR TAMPA
AGAINST OAKLAND BACK IN ’02. AND SANTONIO HOLMES FROM,
AS HE LIKES TO SAY, AND ALL BUCKEYES,
THE
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY — NINE CATCHES, 131 YARDS,
AND THE GAME-WINNER. YOU THINK THAT BOTH
OF THESE TEAMS PLAYED SO WELL. AND THE GAP
BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING IS THE WIDEST GAP
IN SPORTS. BUT THEY WERE SO CLOSE,
AND THEY PLAYED SO HARD. AND BOTH TEAMS,
WHEN THEY WERE DOWN AND THEY KEPT FIGHTING
AND COMING BACK. TO ME, THIS IS THE WAY FOOTBALL
SHOULD BE PLAYED. THIS IS WHAT THE NFL IS. AND THIS IS A HEAVYWEIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT. BACK AND FORTH. AND HOW MANY
DIFFERENT STORY LINES AND TWISTS
DID THIS ONE HAVE, AND HOW MANY
DIFFERENT LEADS COULD YOU WRITE
TO THIS GAME? IT WAS A CLASSIC. WHEN SANTONIO HOLMES HAD TO MAKE
THE PLAY, HE MADE IT. WHEN BEN ROETHLISBERGER HAD TO
MAKE THE THROW, HE MADE IT. THEY WERE BOTH PERFECT.

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