Titan Sized's Take on Super Bowl XLIII

First off, we’d like to send our condolences to the Adams family after the passing of Nancy Adams last night, in Houston. Mrs. Adams was the wife of Bud for 62 years, and listed as co-owner and vice chairman to the board of the Titans.

Last night’s game offered about all anyone could want from a Super Bowl (besides a Steeler’s loss)…

  • With Hines Ward banged up on Sunday, the Steelers needed someone to step up in the passing game. Santonio Holmes delivered in a big way. The third year receiver picked a great time to have his first 100 yard game of the season, and 73 of his 131 receiving yards came on the game’s winning drive. Of course the drive was capped off with maybe the most impressive catch in Super Bowl history. Infuriating.
  • I don’t know what it is about Ben Roethlisberger that consistently makes me think he’s not as good as he is. Maybe it’s because for most of the season he was competing with Kyle Orton, JaMarcus Russell, Kerry Collins and Joe Flacco for the coveted 24# highest rated QB in the NFL. His numbers weren’t helped much by him getting the crap kicked out of him every game because of Pittsburgh’s JV O-Line, but he had a few stretches this year that would have gotten a lot of guys benched. With that said, he got the job done last night, and all of this year’s playoff games for that matter. You watch him scramble sometimes and wonder how he wasn’t tackled four times before throwing an ugly ball that’s good for a 30 yard completion. It looks lucky every time, but I guess I’ve seen him do it enough to think that maybe he does know what he’s doing. At least a little bit.
  • Kurt Warner’s 64 yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald was a beautiful thing to watch. Usually I think of a 50+ yard passing play as being a perfectly timed “bomb” caught at the goal line, or something like that. This pass was better though. After a very slow first half, Fitzgerald was finally getting into the action, and I’m guessing that Pittsburgh was aware of this. Pittsburgh’s in the dime, Fitzgerald runs an inside route and manages to get complete separation within 6 yards of the line of scrimmage while making Pittsburgh’s safeties look very, very slow. Fitzgerald is as entertaining a receiver to watch as anyone I can remember and Warner is still as good as anyone in the league at throwing the ball to the exact spot it needs to be.
  • Ken Wisenhunt used his challenges very nicely. They were probably no-brainers, but the first one reversed a Roethlisberger TD rush on the first drive of the game, and the second one overturned what had been called a Warner fumble. Speaking of Warner fumbles, I think that the officials made the right call on Warner’s fumble with :05 left on the clock, but I was kind of amazed that the booth didn’t review the play. Not the way to end a fantastic Super Bowl.
  • Arizona’s defense was very solid for most of the game, especially in a couple of key goal line situations in the beginning of both halves, but they made Roethlisberger look like a hero the last drive of the game. There were also a few Big Ben passes that could/should have been Cardinals’ interceptions. Besides the missed opportunities, though, limiting the Steelers to 297 total yards, 58 rushing yards and 20 offensive points kept them in the game.
  • As The Tennessean’s Jim Wyatt has pointed out already, former TSU star Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a rough time last night trying to cover Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes. He also had a costly facmeask penalty and dropped a pretty easy interception that would have been a red zone turnover. And it sounds like he felt pretty bad about it all. He’s still just a baby though, and has shown great promise at times this season. You will hear his name again down the road.
  • We here at TitanSized would just like to send a little shout out the the troops overseas that stayed up late (2AM in Iraq at kickoff) to watch the Super Bowl. I hope you savored every last sip of suds that you were allowed.

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  • FatAlbertPainsworth

    Few comments on the game–

    1. Congratulations to the Steelers on being Super Bowl champions, but let’s be honest–they are the worst team to win the Super Bowl since the 2001 Ravens. Like the Ravens, the Steelers had at times a dominating D with a mediocre offense at best. Of course Big Ben’s better than Trent Dilfer, but no one on their offense scares opponents. They did everything they could to lose that game to the Cardinals. All in all, it was a great game. Thought both teams played their hearts out.

    2. I will give credit to James Harrison for making an unbelievable play, a play that will probably go down as one of the best if not the greatest play in Super Bowl history, but man, oh man, I have to agree with John Madden (which hurts me to do so) in wondering how the hell Harrison didn’t get ejected from the game late in the 4th for that personal foul where he basically shoved the guy’s neck in the ground before punching him in the head. The fact that the officials witnessed the whole thing baffles me even more, making me thing they’d have an easy time ejecting him for a cheap shot(s). That ugly play put a sour taste in my mouth after I had the utmost respect for a 240+ man run 100 yards for a touchdown.

    3.  Rodgers-Cromartie is going to be a great pro and has a bright, bright future. I like everything I see about this kid, especially how he made no excuses in Wyatt’s article, citing that he just didn’t play well. The other thing that was really impressive was how he stated he was going into the offseason to work on his weaknesses that the Steelers exposed. That to me is a sign of a great player, best of luck to him in the future and I think he will make tennessee area football fans proud in years to come. 

    4. Finally, Fitz is one of the brightest young stars of the NFL.  It’s hard not to like a guy that plays the game with such passion and always looks like he’s just having fun. More incredible than his touchdown catches though was the play he made right before halftime almost tracking down Harrison. Although he didn’t get him down, go back and watch a replay of that. Fitz is 8 yards deep in the endzone and tracks Harrison down with 8 yards to go on the field. Incredible hustle play.