Al Michaels says 'there is no better NFL game' than Super Bowl XLIII

Jamie Squire

The NBC broadcaster enters his 28th season doing play-by-play games in the NFL, and in that time, he never saw a better game than the One For the Other Thumb.

Sunday Night Football play-by-play announcer Al Michaels is as big a fixture in American sports as anyone. The most obvious is his famous "Do you believe in miracles?" call at the end of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team's upset of the Soviet Union from Lake Placid in February, 1980.

While it may not quite reach that kind of a level, he has a special place reserved for Super Bowl XLIII - the Steelers' 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

"There has been no better NFL game for me than Pittsburgh-Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII," Michaels said. "That was the No. 1 game in terms of drama and excitement. There is always an argument about which Super Bowl is best. But how many Super Bowls have not one, but two, plays for the ages – James Harrison’s interception-return touchdown just before halftime and Santonio Holmes’ touchdown catch in the waning seconds in the corner of the end zone to culminate a long Ben Roethlisberger drive. Those two plays are as iconic as any I have ever seen."

Michaels will call a Steelers game in primetime Sunday for the 25th time, trying them with San Francisco and Green Bay for the fifth-most in Michaels' career. Miami has the most at 37, Denver is second with 36 and Dallas has 32. The Giants have 26.

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