PITTSBURGH STEELERS
2008-09 WORLD CHAMPIONS

ARIZONA CARDINALS

FINAL SCORE: PITTSBURGH 27, ARIZONA 23
Post-game thoughts:

SUPER BOWL XLIII FULLERVISION STYLE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009, 6:15 PM
RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM, TAMPA, FL

THE TEAMS:
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
2008 Record: 14-4, Lifetime Super Bowl record: 5-1
The last time Pittsburgh played in the Super Bowl, the result was one of the most controversially refereed Super Bowls in history, Super Bowl XL. Several key players are still there (QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Willie Parker, and S Troy Polamalu) but are now led by head coach Mike Tomlin. The philosophy remains mostly the same, a balanced offensive attack led by Parker as the runner and WRs Santonio Holmes and Himes Ward along with a punishing defense led by Polamalu. The team has won five Super Bowls, tied for the most Super Bowl wins of any NFL team, and seek to surpass Dallas and San Francisco for most Super Bowl wins.


Arizona Cardinals
2008 Record: 12-7, Lifetime Super Bowl record: N/A
The Cardinals, the oldest franchise in the NFL, have not won a league title since they were the Chicago Cardinals, in 1947; their 1947 title is the only undisputed title the Cardinals have ever won (a second title, 1925, is still disputed), and have never even appeared in a Super Bowl. With Super Bowl veteran Kurt Warner (who led the St. Louis Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans and a near-miss in Super Bowl XXXVI against the New England Patriots. Warner has two prime wide receiver weapons in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald.

Story lines:
Two teams, each going for their own piece of history. Three years ago Pittsburgh got "one for the thumb" with their record-tying fifth Super Bowl victory, and now they seek to surpass the Cowboys and 49ers for sole possession of the title of "most Super Bowl wins ever." Last time Pitt was here, they were the sentimental favorites and, according to many, got a lot of favorable calls from the refs. That won't be happening this year...
...because the surprise team of the year is the-- yes, believe it-- Arizona Cardinals, who are seeking only their second undisputed title since 1947. Their 62 years without a title is the longest streak in professional football history, and prior to this year hadn't reached the playoffs since 1998. Needless to say, there are going to be a lot of people who will see the Cards in the same light as the Boston Red Sox of '04. It doesn't matter now that the Cardinals became the first team since 1985 to clinch a playoff spot with only 8 wins.

TELEVISION: NBC TELEVISION NETWORK (CTV IN CANADA)
Market
Call
TV
HD
New York City
WNBC
4
28
Buffalo
WGRZ
2
33
Rochester
WHEC
10
58
Syracuse
WSTM
3
54
Utica
WKTV
2
29
Elmira
WETM
18
2
Binghamton
WBGH
20
4.2
Albany
WNYT
13
12
Plattsburgh
WPTZ
5
14
Toronto
CFTO
9
40
Kitchener
CKCO
13
7

RADIO: WESTWOOD ONE (UNITED STATES AND CANADA)
50 kW broadcasts: WHAM 1180, WTAM 1100, WLW 700, WSCR 670, WFAN 660
Other: WGR 550, WJTN 1240, WACK 1420, WHEN 620, WOFX 980, WPIE 1160, WELM 1410, WENT 1340, WESB 1490, CJCL 590, CKGL 570
Sirius Channel 124*

BBC RADIO 5 LIVE SPORTS EXTRA (UNITED KINGDOM)
Sirius Channel 125*
Internet: Fuller Sports Broadcasting
*In addition to WW1 and BBC5, both teams' feeds are available on other channels and two alternate English-language feeds (PA announcer and statistician).


OFFICIAL WEB SITE:
http://www.superbowl.com/

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
Pregame: Journey, John Legend, Faith Hill
Halftime: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
National Anthem: Jennifer Hudson

ODDS LINE:
Pittsburgh -7 (47)
PROJECTED SCORE: PIT 27, AZC 20

RECKLESS PREDICTION (Record: 2-2 straight up and 3-1 against the spread):
I REALLY, REALLY want to pick Arizona for this one, but logically I just can't pass up Pittsburgh and their defense. Now, the last time I said this, I was going against the grain and picked Chicago over Indy in XLI, handing me my only total loss on the Reckless Prediction, and then I said something similar with XLII and hedged my bet, resulting in another straight-up miss but still getting the against-the-spread victory. So... with that in mind...

... I'm going with my gut with a truly reckless prediction. Arizona wins outright in what'll probably be seen as an upset, by a score of either 14-10 or 17-10.

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