How good was Super Bowl XLIII? So good that a former Patriot chose that game over his old team's most recent Super Bowl as the better of the two games.
Pittsburgh's 27-23 win over the Cardinals back in 2009 is up against New England's 28-24 comeback victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in the NFL Network's Greatest Game bracket final. Voting has already begun, and fans can vote here until April 4th. As of Thursday night, Super Bowl XLIX held a 51-49 percent lead in the voting.
A panel of NFL Network broadcasters were asked which game they would pick as their choice as the greatest game Thursday night. Willie McGinest, who spent 12 of his 15 NFL seasons as a linebacker with the Patriots and winning three Super Bowls from 2001-04, surprisingly chose the Steelers' victory over the Cardinals over his former team's dramatic victory over the 'Hawks. McGinest said that the number of jaw-dropping plays, especially James Harrison's 100-yard interception return for a touchdown just before halftime, gave Super Bowl XLIII the advantage.
Kurt Warner, who threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns as Arizona's quarterback in Super Bowl XLIII, also gave his vote of confidence for why that game should be picked by the fans as the greater of the two games.
"It had all the story lines going in, (the Cardinals) being the heavy underdogs and the Steelers going for No.6," Warner said. "Then the game happened, and the story lines played out. (Pittsburgh) took a good lead into the fourth quarter, and we fight and claw our way back, and all of a sudden, we're out in front. Then, they complete some of the greatest plays you'll ever see in a game of that magnitude to win the championship. I think that's what separates that game, the fact that both teams had great players that made great plays late in the game that put their teams in position to be champions. The team that made the last great play was the team that won."