7. Super Bowl XIII
Date: January 21st, 1979
Location: Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida.
"TEAM OF THE DECADE"Steelers
over the Cowboys
This was the first repeat match-up in Super Bowl history (the Steelers and Cowboys met in SBX with Pittsburgh winning, 21-17.) Super Bowl XIII was a very well-played contest with a lot of memorable moments. The lead changed hands three times in the first-half with Pittsburgh taking a seven point lead at the break. This game is probably best known for the touchdown that never was. Late in the 3rd quarter with Dallas down, 21-14, Cowboys tight end Jackie Smith dropped an easy pass in the endzone that would have tied the score at 21. Dallas had to settle for a field goal and Pittsburgh pulled away with two quick scores in the 4th quarter to go up, 35-17, with 6 minutes left. Much like he often did in that era, Roger Staubach (Captain Comeback) rallied the Cowboys late, but unfortunately for Dallas, they came up four-points short and Pittsburgh became the first team to win 3 Super Bowls, earning them the rightful claim of "Team of the Decade." The Cowboys were the defending champions and also going for their 3rd title. The Steelers went on to repeat as champions the following year, and with 4 titles in 6 seasons, became arguably the greatest football dynasty of all-time. Had the Cowboys won this game and claimed their 3rd title, who knows what would have happened the following year, and more importantly, who knows how history might have judged them. Maybe they
would have been considered the greatest dynasty of all-time.
6. Super Bowl XLIII
Date: February 1st, 2009
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida.
"LORD OF THE RINGS"
Steelers 27 Cardinals
Pittsburgh controlled most of the game taking a 20-7 lead into the 4th quarter. However, quarterback Kurt Warner
, a Super Bowl veteran, and all-world receiver Larry Fitzgerald
, almost single-handedly brought Arizona back with two late touchdown connections giving the Cardinals a 23-20 lead with 2:37 to go. Fortunately for Steeler Nation, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
marched Pittsburgh to the promised land and hit receiver Santonio Holmes
with the game-winner with 35 seconds to go giving the Steelers the 27-23 victory. Holmes' acrobatic, tip-toe catch helped earn him mvp honors and is considered one of the greatest catches of all time. The Cardinals, making the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, were only the second team to make the show after finishing the regular season with a 9-7 record. Interestingly, the Steelers also played the first 9-7 Super Bowl participant when they faced the Los Angeles Rams
in SBXIV. In addition to the "Ben to Ten" game-winner, this game is also known for linebacker James Harrison
's marathon-like jaunt at the end of the first half, also known as the "Harrison Hundred." With the Cardinals driving and looking to take a 4-point lead into the lockerroom, Harrison picked-off a Kurt Warner pass and zigged and zagged his way 100 hundred yards for a Steelers touchdown and a 17-7 lead. The play is regarded by many as the greatest play in the history of the Super Bowl. Some have said it's the greatest play in the history of the league. This victory gave the Steelers franchise a record 6Th Lombardi trophy, setting a new standard of excellence.