Steelers advances to Super Bowl XLIII.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were facing their division rivals tonight for the second spot in Super Bowl XLIII. Only seven points separated the Baltimore Ravens and the Steelers after two regular season games.
The first touchdown of the game was a spectacular piece from Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger who eluded the pressure from Baltimore's defense and sent a pass to Santonio Holmes who benefited of great blocking to run and dive over the pylon of the Ravens' end-zone for a 65-yard touchdown play.
After taking a 13-0 lead, the Steelers saw the Ravens slowly creep back into the game. Two rushing touchdowns from Willis McGahee brought the Ravens back in the game. Halfway into the fourth quarter, the Steelers' lead was reduced to 16-14.
This is where rookie QB Joe Flacco committed the fatal mistake of this AFC Championship game. In an attempt to hook up with a receiver, Flacco's pass was picked off by Troy Polamalu who ran into the Ravens' end-zone for the final score of the game.
Final score: Pittsburgh Steelers 23 - Baltimore Ravens 14.
So on this February 1st in Tampa Bay, Super Bowl XLIII will be disputed between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers. I expect a very disputed and interesting game.
(Picture: Santonio Holmes, Getty Images.)