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article imagePittsburgh Steelers Win the Super Bowl

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 1, 2009 in Sports
The Super Bowl is an exciting time for football fans. And those fans weren't disappointed this year as they were treated to historical football moments and great entertainment as well.
The stage for the game was set by the singer that had everyone shouting, crying and cheering. Jennifer Hudson was a standout, giving impetus and drama to the moment by her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. This was a show stopper, akin to Whitney Houston, and likely to make this young woman's musical star shine brighter than any time since she won the Academy Award for her role in Dreamgirls. Bruce Springsteen was a crowd- pleaser at the game's half time, energetic, dramatic, with an intensity of voice and backup that made this performance one of the Boss's best.
The commercials added to the interest. Career Builder, likely a good choice for a game during a recession, had one that took picture sequences of people in different awful work situations, then ended with the general idea that it might be time for a career change. Ed McMahon starred in a commercial on Cash for Gold. He was a likely sentimental choice and got some needed change after almost losing his home to foreclosure. Another area of interest was the fact that the father of Larry Fitzgerald, a star player, of the Cardinals reported on the game, playing by the journalist's rules and not being able to cheer for his son.
A game highlight came when James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers made a historic touchdown, running 100 yeards down the field to make it in the last minute of play of the second quarter. That was just after several great plays and points from the Cardinals that put the Arizona team snapping right at the back of the Steeler team with only a three point lead.
By the end of the third quarter the score stood at Pittsburgh 20 and the Cardinals at 7. But the heat turned up in the final quarter of the game when the Cardinals played seriously to try to upset the Steelers, held by many as the favorite and even the new President of the United States, Barack Obama, as a fan. By mid quarter the Cardinals had gained another 7 points, with the score Pittsburgh 20 and Cardinals at 14.
That set up the crowd for the rest of the game and its dramatic finish. Harrison's special status with his 100 yard dash was minimized over two visibly aggressive push-and-shove incidents. The Steelers had six penalties by that time. The Cardinals pulled in front by 3 points so that the score stood at Steelers at 20 and Arizona at 23 after Fitzgerald made a touchdown. Santonio Holmes of the Steelers made a touchdown in the last 45 seconds of the game. In the last 35 seconds Cardinals got the ball back when Pittsburgh pulled ahead to take the lead at 26 Steelers, 23 Cardinals. Tension mounted since no game had gone overtime in Super Bowl history, and it was poised to do so before the last plays. But the Cardinals couldn't get back on board, bringing a tight game to a tense and exciting finish, with the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the Super Bowl.
Indeed this was the grand portrayal of Springsteen's half-time performance, "Born to Run."
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