View Full Version : Steelers vs. Cardinals ** Super Bowl XLIII ** W 27-23

01-29-2009, 01:34 AM
Super Bowl XLII

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Sunday February 1, 2009
Tampa, FL - 6:00 PM EST

The Super Bowl, there are several teams who have not had the opportunity to play in the big game and there are some big name players who never even had a chance to play in the game. For the Arizona Cardinals this is their first trip to the big game since the AFL-NFL merger. On the other hand though, the Pittsburgh Steelers are making their second trip in three years, returning 20 players from that team, and seventh trip overall with the chance to put together what some are calling a six-pack!

There are tons of story lines for this game. Big Ben and Kurt Warner are both out to forget their own personal performances in their previous Super Bowls. Even though Big Ben came away with a win, he set a record for having the lowest passer rating for a winning QB. Kurt Warner has been absent from the Super Bowl for the past 9 years and looks to win the game while leading a completely different team than last time. Then there is the coaches and assistants with ties to Pittsburgh and even players who have previously played for the Steelers who now where red and black. One can even take this a step further and go to the Steelers front office where they will find former Steeler great "Mean" Joe Green which spent many years in Arizona as a coach, but is now back with the Steelers. The list just goes on and on, but the story lines mean absolutely nothing about the game. When it comes down to it the players needs to strap on their chin straps and go out there and play the game.

A lot of speculation has been swirling the past week wondering if Cardinal Head Coach, Ken Whisenhunt, can get into the head of Big Ben as he supposedly did back in the regular season of 2007? The answer is simple, "No!" That game was more than 2 years ago, and almost 30 games have been played by each team. Both coaches were new to their respective teams and both teams had significant injuries at the time.

Other speculations going on revolves around the age of Steelers Head Coach, Mike Tomlin. Can he get the job done? Let me remind you, he was the defense backs coach for the Tampa bay Buccaneers that completely dominated the Raiders back a few Super Bowls ago. So Tomlin has the experience, he's been there and done it already. Besides, have you ever soon a coach that is more down to earth and one bad *** dude as Tomlin? The dude is a rock star and I don't think he even sweats!

The Arizona Cardinals have a potent offense. They have Kurt Warner who can deliver the ball under pressure, Larry Fitzgerald who is just a freak of nature, Anquan Boldin who draws attention, Edgerrin James who has been coming on strong and Steve Breaston who's a speedy receiver that was third on the team for receiving yards with 1006 yards. On paper this offense looks unstoppable with weapons at practically every position. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they didn't play a defense quite like the Pittsburgh Steelers. They haven't seen the zone blitz package Dick Lebeau has put together just for this game. Lebeau is a mastermind when it comes to scheming for a team, especially when he has two weeks to prepare. Just go back and take a look at what the Steelers defense has done after a bye week to their opponent, it's scary amazing!

The Steelers defense has the Defensive Player of the Year, the second leading interceptor for the league, the number one overall defense, number one against the pass, number two against the run and number two with total sacks. That is total domination and they showed up every single week ready to play, and they had to with the toughest schedule in the league and the team was only expected to finish 8-8 on the year. If their were are still any doubters out there now, the Steelers have one more game to prove them wrong. This defense comes at you from every direction, and if their opponent gets the ball out in the open or across the middle they better have their head on a swivel because someone is locked and loaded on the Steelers side to make a big play, like Ryan Clark!

Big Ben and his receivers are going to be the "X" factors for this game, with Ben making up 75% of the "X". Ward has a sprained knee, Washington has been quiet, Holmes has come up huge especially in the past two playoff games and Sweed showed he has a bad case of the droppsies. There are two receivers though that need to come up huge, Washington and Sweed. Washington has been relatively quiet which would make you think he's due for a big game and Sweed looked horrible against the ravens expect for two plays where he laid a guy out to spring Miller free and caught a big third down conversion. Every Steeler fan though is going to remember that touchdown pass he dropped! This is the one game where Sweed can do something huge to redeem himself!

Heath Miller is one of those forgotten hero's too. Just as I have forgot about him until now is really how his season has gone for him. Just when you start to forget about him he sneaks up on you for a big play, so Miller could be one of those guys too that make up part of the "X".

The Cardinals defense was really mediocre during the regular season, but has looked impressive at times during their playoff journey to the Super Bowl. They will definitely have their hands full trying to keep Ben in the pocket and trying to contain the Super bowl record holder for the longest touchdown run, Willie Parker. The Cardinals are good at causing chaos in the secondary and lead the league with interceptions. Was that from QB's making bad decisions or is their secondary that good? We will all soon find out!

This is it... this is for bragging rights, the hardware, and the trip to Disney World! The keys for the Steelers to bring home their sixth Super Bowl trophy are quite simple:

No Turnovers. It would be best for the D to force the turnovers and have the offense capitalize on them.
Contain Fitzgerald and Boldin, and knock Warner down a few times.
Play Steelers Football as they have done all season long, and don't stray from what got them to the big game!

Join us this Sunday evening in the gameday thread as we talk about the game and cheer the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory!!!! :tt02:


01-29-2009, 12:36 PM
Let's get this party started!!!!!

HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!! :clap: :clap:

01-29-2009, 08:05 PM

01-29-2009, 08:08 PM
Nice Countdown Meter AZ :bigthumb: Guess that'll help those people that might forget when kick-off is :lol: Witch they could,,,,,if they :all_coholic: too much !

01-30-2009, 02:35 AM
I can't take it anymore, let's do this already!!!

01-30-2009, 06:04 AM
:woot: we are getting closer...love the count down AZ....:gosteelers:

01-30-2009, 09:47 AM

01-30-2009, 10:05 AM



01-30-2009, 10:06 AM

Dean Denton
01-30-2009, 01:09 PM
The road to SB XL III has been a hard fought battle, but this team has done what most thought they could not. I am proud of this team and the resiliency and fortitude they have displayed all season. Its a solid tribute to the Rooney's, the staff and players. I dont think I have been more proud of any group of players like I am of this one. Good luck fellas.

Steelers 34
Cardinals 10

01-30-2009, 08:51 PM
how can the fans get less sleep than the frickin players. ****!
play the game already.

01-30-2009, 09:04 PM


01-31-2009, 09:58 AM

:yellowthumb: that's how i roll! :tt02:

02-01-2009, 09:34 AM
the fricken big day is here yinz.:clap::clap::clap:

if ur intrstid, , plug this url into ur browser or click the on link below.
It is a complete statistics player for the big game lol. safe url. but always check first anyway lol.

This player links directly to Fox sports complete.

http://downloads.thespringbox.com/web/wrapper.php?file=Fox%20Atomic%20The%20Comebacks%20 Scoreboard.sbw


02-01-2009, 09:56 AM
You really can't.However,by stopping the running game,(which we should be able to do),that makes Warner one dimensional.When ANYONE puts the ball up in the air 30-50 times,thats where mistakes occur,INT's,sacks,et. It is said that the Cards are going to spread us out,which would enable Warner to be better able to pick up the outside blitzers,so the Second Thing to do to take away the pasing game is by blitzing up from the inside more often.Fitz will get his catches,but I don't think he will maje any big plays.

02-01-2009, 10:13 AM
Steelers 12 and 4 the other team 9 and 7

02-01-2009, 10:15 AM
don't allow the big play

stop the run

pressure warner

don't turn ball over...


02-01-2009, 01:01 PM
So-o-o-o-o-o-o....Let's go get "ONE FOR THE THUMB"!!!:yellowthumb::yellowthumb::steelerssign:

02-01-2009, 01:07 PM
Enjoy this image.

02-01-2009, 01:17 PM
Enjoy this image.

Love that picture!!!!!!!:clap::clap::clap:

02-01-2009, 01:23 PM
Man, even Superbowl 40 didn't feel this bad. I hate the anxiety......

02-01-2009, 01:26 PM

02-01-2009, 02:28 PM
The Cardinals will lose. I think what will be the biggest factor is ironically the Steeler offense. Willie will run enough to keep the Cards honest and Ben will have a big game and redeem himself in Super Bowl play. Kurt and company will have their moments, but in the end, the Steeler defense will get just enough pressure and force a crucial turnover or two. Look for the Steelers to come out looking for the kill so they can erase all hope for the Cards, if Pittsburgh jumps on them early:LIGHTS OUT! Everyone talks about the Whiz having something to prove, what about Mike Tomlin? Every team that he lost to last year, that he had the chance to play again this year has been defeated. Guess who's next on that list? HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!! :tt02: :helmet:

02-01-2009, 03:34 PM
http://img262.imageshack.us/img262/3996/largelo0.gif (http://imageshack.us)

02-01-2009, 03:36 PM
i feel deeply honored. i have been sent to the time out box on a cardinals fan site on justin tv four times now what an absolute honor. i am speechless and humbly accept the award lol.::nahnah::nahnah::nahnah:

who ever their fn mod is, he, they , or it can't take a fn joke.:grin1:

02-01-2009, 03:57 PM
I'm holding off heading to the bar in Philly...but I may have to go soon.

02-01-2009, 04:01 PM
I'm tired of all the freakin' waitin' now..... let's get this game rollin'!!!!

Love the graphic Capt' !!! :yellowthumb:
That's the coolest McBeam (if he can be cool) I've seen yet!


02-01-2009, 04:13 PM
I'm tired of all the freakin' waitin' now..... let's get this game rollin'!!!!

Love the graphic Capt' !!! :yellowthumb:
That's the coolest McBeam (if he can be cool) I've seen yet!

http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd95/lloydfan4life/Misc%20II/6.jpgThat makes 2 of us.....:yesnod:

I can't see nothing good about that Bill Cowher look-alike McBeam....:duh:

02-01-2009, 05:21 PM
obama has made me hate the cardinals really bad lol, his bs politicin b4 this game. gimme a break. kill, kill, kill, kill. die cardinals die. yeah.:postal:

i usually have to go away for awhile after every steelers game. sorry bout that.

02-01-2009, 06:13 PM
alright about 15 minutes yet

02-01-2009, 06:30 PM
Steelers get the ball. Lets go. FWP

02-01-2009, 07:35 PM
I missed the coin toss, what was it heads or tails?

Dee Mca
02-01-2009, 07:57 PM
i think it was heads.... im not sure now after harrisons moster of a pick 6 baby

02-01-2009, 08:02 PM
the toss was heads..hell of a run by harrison...great but stressful watching.:tt02::tt02::tt02:

Black@Gold Forever32
02-01-2009, 08:02 PM
Oh my God James Harrison and his pick six was the greatest play I have ever seen........**** just the Super Bowl its the greatest play I have ever seen period.....

02-01-2009, 08:03 PM
WHAT A GREAT WAY TO END THE !st HALF!!!!!!!! 100 yard run-back for a touchdown!!!
Way to go Mr. Harrison!!!Go get some oxygen!!:yellowthumb::yellowthumb::beer2:

Dee Mca
02-01-2009, 08:11 PM
We had the "Immaculate Reception". Then we had "The Tackle". Can't wait to see what they going to call Harrison's pick 6!!!!!

02-01-2009, 08:14 PM
Did u see that ****?:cope::cope::cope::cope::helmet: i damn near died on that.

02-01-2009, 08:16 PM
That was one hell of a run by Silverback!!! He was not going to be denied like in the regular season..... :woot:

02-01-2009, 08:17 PM
Im 43 years old now and that was the most amazing play I ever seen. If we win this game , that single play will go down as the best in Steeler history. Including the immaculate reception.

02-01-2009, 08:20 PM
James Harrison showed why he is defensive player of year! He gets held every play maybe that was a little revenge.

02-01-2009, 08:23 PM
On to the second half.....Here we go Steelers..Here we go!!:tt02::tt02::tt02:

02-01-2009, 08:27 PM
Get that man oxygen G*d damn

02-01-2009, 08:29 PM
THAT was the greatest ever way to go silverback

02-01-2009, 10:00 PM
Where is everybody? Steelers at the Cards 6 w/.49 seconds left!!!!!

02-01-2009, 10:17 PM
:woot: Steelers 27 Cards 23 :woot:


02-01-2009, 10:32 PM
I am totally exhausted from watching the game and yelling for the past few hours!Amazing W! Have to see the whole game again to appreciate what just happened.Way to go STEELERS!:tt02::tt02::tt02::tt02:

02-01-2009, 11:03 PM
That was amazing! I am so glad we won :party5:

02-01-2009, 11:04 PM

02-01-2009, 11:11 PM
Too go along with our team getting the six pack,,,,,,,,pie,"my wife" hit on the pool and won $200 :banana: That was icing on the six pack :cope:

02-01-2009, 11:26 PM
Hella kewl!!!
But Lordy I thought I was gonna stroke out that last quarter.....

02-02-2009, 01:28 AM
NFL.com Steelers vs. Cardinals GameBook (http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/54465/ARZ_Gamebook.pdf)

02-02-2009, 01:32 AM
That is what it's all about. One can even forgive the problems of the O-Line and OC during the past season.


02-02-2009, 08:37 AM
wow...the biggest game of the season and this thread was the shortest one! I would've been lighting it UP had I been home...

02-03-2009, 09:51 PM
Super Bowl Champs Again.

Dean Denton
02-11-2009, 05:27 PM
OK, now I am ready.....We did it you guys. We shocked the world, and won our 6th SB....I think it was the love and magic of SA....

02-11-2009, 10:56 PM
ahhhhh...how good it feels to have 6. and how good it would be to climb that stairway to seven:cope: