Santonio Holmes shines in Super Bowl XLIII
The Pittsburgh Steelers, on Ben Roethlisberger’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with just 35 seconds to play, beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 on Sunday night for record-setting sixth Super Bowl victory.
In the last play, Holmes out-jumped three Cardinals defenders and grabbed the ball with both arms stretched fully on top of his head in the back right corner of the end zone. He fell, sat up and cradled the ball like the prize it was.
The ball landed safely in his hands, but the bigger issue concerned his feet. It was hard to tell if they stayed in bounds or even on the ground.
“I knew it was a touchdown 100 percent,” the game’s Most Valuable Player said. “My feet never left the ground. All I did was stand up on my toes and extended my hands.”
The officials reviewed the tape and confirmed that he had a 6-yard touchdown catch.
It was the Steelers’ sixth Super Bowl championship, the most by any team. The San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys each have five.
“Santonio is just a guy who likes to deliver in big moments and in big games,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, 36, who is the youngest coach in NFL history to win the championship game.
“In big moments, we know what we can get from him and we appreciate it,” he added.
VIDEO: Watch Santonio Holmes’ game winning catch.