On This Day: Holmes Makes Game-winning Catch in SBXLIII

February 1, 2018 • Ben Heck • Arizona Cardinals, Features, Front Page, History, NFL Playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers

February 1, 2009: Steelers defeat Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII on an incredible six-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds to play. Pittsburgh would go on to win the game 27-23, handing the Steelers the franchise’s record-breaking sixth Lombardi Trophy.

It is still, to this day, the play Holmes is most-remembered for. And it is still one of the best TD catches in Super Bowl history.

People often forget about Larry Fitzgerald’s incredible 64-yard TD reception that put Arizona ahead 23-20 with 2:37 left on the clock. Unfortunately, Fitz’s potential game-winner, just one of his seven catches on the night (137 yards, 2 TDs), left too much time on the clock for Roethlisberger & Co.

Big Ben would lead the Steelers on an eight-play, 78-yard scoring drive that lasted 2:02, to set-up the game-winner. Holmes, named the game’s MVP, finished the game nine catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. It was Roethlisberger’s only touchdown pass of the game.


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