Greatest Super Bowl ever was cast in steel

Rick Gosselin

Talk of Fame Network

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won an NFL record six Super Bowls. The best one, according to our latest Talk of Fame Network poll, was the last one.

We asked our listeners and readers to select the greatest Super Bowl ever and offered up six options. Pittsburgh’s 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in 2009 won comfortably with 27.5 percent of the vote, followed by New England’s 20-17 upset of St. Louis and the Greatest Show on Turf in 2002 with 20.0 percent.

Another St. Louis Super Bowl _ this one a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in 2000 _ finished third with 17.5 percent of the vote, followed by two New York Giants Super Bowls. The Giants upset the 18-0 Patriots 17-14 in 2008 (15.0 percent of the vote) and the 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in 1991 (10 percent).

Tying the Bills for the sixth spot at 10 percent was first AFL victory, the New York Jets’ 16-7 upset of the Baltimore Colts in 1969. All three of the Talk of Fame Network hosts cast their ballots for that Jets upset. New York was an 18-point underdog but Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory leading up to the game and then delivered.

The Arizona-Pittsburgh game that finished first in the poll was a wild affair that included a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown by James Harrison at the close of the first half, a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald with 2:37 remaining to give the Cardinals a 23-20 lead, then a 78-yard, eight-play drive that won the game in the closing seconds on a six-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes on maybe the greatest pass ever thrown in a Super Bowl.

Roethlisberger threaded the needle to a triple-covered Holmes on the right end-zone sideline with his tippy toes barely in bounds -- a touchdown pass that stood up to replay.

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