Tampa, Florida (PressExposure) February 01, 2009 -- Superbowls are big deals, and Superbowl XLIII was one of the biggest to date.
According to Sportsillustrated.cnn.com, Nielson Media Research reported "more than 100 million Americans were watching between 9:30 P.M. and 10:00 P.M. EST," making it the second most watched Superbowl in the history of the NFL.
The article, Ratings for Steelers-Cardinals Superbowl was Second Best Ever, continues to say, "the game ranks as the third most watched program in American television history." Super bowl 2009
Superbowl XLIII took place on February 1st, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida. The stadium boasts a 72,500 seating capacity with 37,000 in attendance on Superbowl Sunday.
Tampa Bay hosted a week long schedule of events for visitors to the area, including a photographic exhibition featuring the history of the NFL, the NFL Experience, and the Super Tailgate Throwdown.
Jennifer Hudson performed the National Anthem, Faith Hill sang America the Beautiful, with Bruce Springteen and the E-street Band perform at half-time.
Superbowl is also the time of year when some people tune in just for the commercials. This year the top five ads, reported at superbowlads.com went to Doritos-a contest winner by two amateurs. Budweiser placed second for the ad with the horse fetching a stick. Hulu used Alec Baldwin and a plot to take over the world, Monster.com had two adjoining offices, one with a moose head over the desk, the other with a moose ass over the desk, and Bridgestone went with Potato heads.
The Arizona Cardinals played their first Superbowl in the team's history against the Pittsburg Steelers who had won five of the six Superbowl games they'd already played.
The odds weren't looking good for the Cardinals, but they stood their ground. For the first three quarters it looked as if Pittsburg was going to completely take the game. In a slow build of points, the score was 3-0 at the end of the first quarter, 17-7 at the end of the second quarter and 20-7 at the end of the third. With the exception of the record breaking second quarter 100 yard interception run and resulting touchdown by the Steelers' James Harrison, and the 64 yard run by Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald in the 3rd quarter, the game seems to be pretty uneventful.
Then in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals came back with sixteen unanswered points. It wasn't enough to win the game, however. In the last 35 seconds of the game, Roethlisberger threw a pass to Santonio Holmes for the winning touchdown.
Don Banks, writer for Sportsillustrated.cnn.com wrote, "It was a game that left us all a bit breathless, and kept reinventing itself in the midst of an unforgettable fourth quarter of lead changes and heroic plays. It was Harrison's night for the longest time, then Kurt Warner and the long-dormant Larry Fitzgerald stormed back to steal the spotlight, but not the game. Because the game, and the Super Bowl championship, in the end was decided by the remarkable Ben Roethlisberger-to-Holmes connection in the extreme back right corner of the Steelers end zone."