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The winning play of the Super Bowl was right out of a schoolyard. Scamble right, scramble left, find someone open. The perfect unscripted ending to a game of improbable swings. Their Steel Curtain shredded, Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes improvised the 6-yard touchdown with 35 seconds left that gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a record-setting sixth Super Bowl victory, 27-23 over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night.
"Great players step up in big-time games to make plays," said Holmes, the game's MVP.
He said he told Roethlisberger that he "wanted to be the guy to make the plays for this team."
And he was.         (26 images)

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A Pittsburgh Steelers fan waves a terrible towel as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Thunderbirds fly over the stadium before the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Steelers Sunday, Feb. 1, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. AP / St. Petersburg Times / Willie J. Allen Jr.


 

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Steelers fans have lots to cheer about as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 1. MCT / Miami Herald / Joe Rimkus Jr.



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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (29) of the Arizona Cardinals breaks up a pass intended for Santonio Holmes (10) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.. Getty Images / Chris McGrath



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Hines Ward (86) fights off Arizona Cardinals Roderick Hood (26) after a catch in the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game on Sunday, Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. AP / St. Petersburg Times / Brian Cassella



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Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is pulled down just short of a touchdown by Darnell Dockett (90) of the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Feb. 1. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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Pittsburgh's James Harrison runs a 100-yard interception for a touchdown to score as time ran out in the first half as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 1. MCT / Terry Gilliam



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James Harrison (92) of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after scoring a touchdown on an 100 yards interception return in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Getty Images / Al Bello



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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco (47) during the second quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / Mark Humphrey



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Ben Patrick (89) of the Arizona Cardinals makes a touchdown catch over Larry Foote (50) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.. Getty Images / Chris Graythen



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Cardinal's Ben Patrick is congratulated by teammate Terrelle Smith after Patrick caught a touchdown pass in the end zone as the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 1. MCT / Harry E. Walker



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Fireworks go off as Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform during half time of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / Charlie Riedel



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Musician Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.. Getty Images / Jamie Squire



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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes, left, tries to fend off Arizona Cardinals defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie during the third quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / John Bazemore



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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) breaks away from Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor (24) to complete a 64 yard touch down during the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / Julie Jacobson



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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) reacts after scoring on a 64-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / Ross D. Franklin



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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, at center, celebrates with teammates after scoring a second touchdown during the fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 1. MCT / Bradenton Herald / Brian Blanco



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass as his teammate Heath Miller (83) holds off Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chike Okeafor during the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / Charlie Riedel



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Darnell Dockett (90) of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after he sacked Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Getty Images / Jamie Squire



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Santonio Holmes of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a seven-yard touchdown pass with 35 seconds remaining for a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII for a record sixth Super Bowl title on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. AFP/ Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary



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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) makes a touch down reception against Arizona Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco (47)in the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. AP / Matt Slocum



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The umpire signals touchdown as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) sits on the ground after scoring during the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLIII football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Tampa, Fla. The Steelers won 27-23. AP / St. Petersburg Times / Brian Cassella



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Larry Fitzgerald (11) of the Arizona Cardinals walks off of the field after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.. The Steelers won the game by a score of 27-23. Getty Images / Chris Graythen



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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger celebrates with teammates as the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 1. MCT / Bradenton Herald / Brian Blanco



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Kurt Warner (13) of the Arizona Cardinals walks off of the field after being defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.. The Steelers won the game by a score of 27-23. Getty Images / Al Bello



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Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes (10) and Ben Roethlisberger (7) of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate on the field after their 27-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Getty Images / Jamie Squire



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Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate with the Vince Lombardi trophy after defeating the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.. The Steelers won the game by a score of 27-23. Getty Images / Doug Benc



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