The NFL Network is down to the top two Super Bowls, but only one will be crowned the Best Super Bowl of all time.
WTAE.com is reporting that the NFL Network, in the tradition of the NCAA Basketball tournament, created a bracket with a list of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. Fans have been able to go to the website and vote for their favorite. This has led us to the final two games; Super Bowl XLIII, pitting the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals, and the last Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLIX, with the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks.
And now, a brief breakdown of each game, followed by the link so fans can go and vote.
Super Bowl XLIII (forty-three), had the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers in their eighth Super Bowl in franchise history, played the Arizona Cardinals, who made the Super Bowl for their first time ever. Tampa Bay, Florida was the host city. The game was a surprisingly close contest, with both teams playing smart, hard football. Just before halftime, however, Steelers linebacker James Harrison intercepted a pass from the Cardinals’ Kurt Warner and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown just before halftime, making the score at the half 17-7 Pittsburgh. The life seemed to go out of the Cardinals.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Warner began working his magic, bringing the Cardinals back to take a 23-20 with 2:37 left in the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh, led by Ben Roethlisberger, drove down the field before hitting game MVP Santonio Holmes with a six-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left to take the lead. The Steelers were able to prevent the Cardinals from doing any further damage, and won the game 27-23. It is the sixth Super Bowl victory for the Steelers. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band were the headline halftime entertainment.
Super Bowl XLIX (forty-nine), had AFC champs New England Patriots in their eighth Super Bowl appearance (matching the Steelers and Dallas Cowboys) against the NFC champs Seattle Seahawks, playing in their second Super Bowl and trying to repeat as Super Bowl Champions, having beaten the Denver Broncoes 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII (forty-eight).
The game will be best known for the Seahawks, who had taken a 10-point lead in the third quarter. However, in the fourth quarter, the Patriots had taken a 28-24 lead. The Seahawks had driven down to the one-yard line with 26 seconds left, when Malcolm Butler intercepted a Russell Wilson pass on the goal line, preserving the victory for the Patriots. It is the fourth Super Bowl victory for New England. Katy Perry was the headline halftime entertainment.
Both games’ breakdowns, plus additional information, is available at www.nfl.com.
SB Nation is reporting that fans can go here and vote for either Super Bowl XLIII or Super Bowl XLIX. Currently, Super Bowl XLIX is ahead by about 6 percentage points. Fans have until the end of April 4 (today) to vote.
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