Super Bowl XLIII

By | Jan 24, 2009

On February 2, 2009 the forty-third modern NFL Championship game or Super Bowl XLIII will be played. The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa has been the host city for four Super Bowls with Raymond James Stadium holding their second. The game will be played between the NFC Champions Arizona Cardinals and the AFC Champions Pittsburgh Steelers. Strangely in the 1944 NFL season these two teams merged for that single season, due to a shortage of players at the height of World War II.

The game has always been played on a neutral field and on odd numbered Super Bowls the NFC champions are considered the home team. So far no team that play their regular season games in the Super Bowl city has gone to the Super Bowl in that year. The Arizona Cardinals will be considered the home team.

The Cardinals are appearing in their first Super Bowl, in fact this will be the first year since 1948 when the team franchise played in Chicago as the Chicago Cardinals that they will be playing for a championship, a year that they lost. Their last championship year came in 1947. They won this year’s NFC Championship by defeating the Philadelphia Eagles (32-25). It was also the Eagles that they played in both the 1947 and 1948 championship games.

The AFC Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, reached the Super Bowl by winning, a closer than the score shows (23-14), game against the Baltimore Ravens. It was the third time that they played and defeated the Ravens this season. All three were close and hard fought games with the Steelers clinching the game late in the final quarter or in overtime in each.

The Steelers will be playing in their seventh Super Bowl and attempting to win their sixth. If they win they will become the first team to win six Super Bowls, the most won by a single team. Along with the Steelers only the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have 5 wins.

The game will be shown on NBC Television with Al Michaels and John Madden calling the game. John Madden was the winning coach of the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI. Half time will feature a performance by Bruce Springsteen with Jennifer Hudson singing the National Anthem.

Note:
This post will be updated after the game to reflect the final score.


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2 Comments so far
  1. Molly January 28, 2009 5:03 pm

    Great post…
    Go Arizona!

  2. Steven G. Atkinson January 28, 2009 5:43 pm

    Molly,

    Thanks for the comments and Thanks for coming here.

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