After a frenetic finish, the Steelers won their sixth Super Bowl title — more than any team in the National Football League — not because of their defense, but because an oft-maligned offense allowed them to defeat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.
After the Steelers lost a lead they had held since after the first possession of the game and which once ballooned to 13 points, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Santonio Holmes connected for a 6-yard touchdown that Holmes grabbed as he was falling out of bounds behind three defenders.
The touchdown came with 35 seconds remaining and just two minutes after the Cardinals moved ahead on Larry Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown reception.
Linebacker James Harrison, the N.F.L.’s defensive player of the year, intercepted Kurt Warner’s pass at the goal line and rumbled 100 yards for a touchdown as the final seconds of the half ticked away. He scored as time ran out on the longest play in Super Bowl history
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