Steelers/Cardinals: A Super Bowl XLIII Rematch

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Photos from the Steelers victory vs. the Cardinals on February 1, 2009 at Super Bowl XLIII.

STEELERS-CARDINALS SERIES HISTORY* Series History: Series began in 1933
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 32-23-3
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 21-8-1
At Arizona: Cardinals lead, 15-11-2
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Steelers won previous meeting
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 23, 2011, at Arizona
Pittsburgh 32, Arizona 20
Postseason Series: Steelers lead, 1-0
Last Post-Season Meeting: Feb. 1, 2009, in Tampa - Super Bowl XLIII
Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23
*(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week's game marks the 59th time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals will meet in the regular season and the 31st time in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are 21-8-1 vs. the Cardinals ... the two teams have met 16 times in the month of October in the regular season series, with the Steelers owning a two-game advantage of 9-7 in the month of October vs. the Cardinals.

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THE LAST TIME VS. ARIZONA Pittsburgh 32, Arizona 20 Oct. 23, 2011 University of Phoenix Stadium (62,475) GLENDALE, Ariz.**

  • The Steelers won their third consecutive game, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. With the win, the Steelers improved to 5-2 on the season, including 2-0 against the NFC West.

The Steelers scored a touchdown on their first possession for the third straight game after S Ryan Clark intercepted QB Kevin Kolb off a tipped pass to set the Steelers up at the Cardinals 31-yard line. Five plays later, QB Ben Roethlisberger found TE Heath Miller for a 12-yard score, and the Steelers led 7-0.

Midway through the second quarter, Roethlisberger and WR Mike Wallace connected on a 95-yard touchdown reception. It was the longest pass play in Steelers' history and second-longest play from scrimmage in team history. Wallace has now recorded one reception of at least 40 yards in six consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the NFL since Isaac Bruce in 2000. Wallace fi nished with a game-high 118 yards receiving and one touchdown.

With the Steelers up 14-0, the Cardinals answered with a 13-play 80-yard drive that was capped off by a one-yard run by RB Alfonso Smith to cut the lead 14-7. The Steelers went into halftime with a 17-7 lead when K Shaun Suisham connected on a 41-yard fi eld goal as time expired.

The Cardinals cut the lead 17-14 when Kolb found RB LaRod Stephens-Howling for a 73-yard touchdown. But the Steelers put the game out of reach on their next three drives. Roethlisberger found WR Emmanuel Sanders for a four-yard touchdown to put the Steelers up 24-14. Then the Steelers registered a safety, their first since the 2008 season. LB LaMarr Woodley pressured Kolb in the end zone and Kolb was flagged for intentional grounding.

Suisham added two field goals in the fourth quarter (42, 39) to give the Steelers a 32-14 lead. The Cardinals added one score late in the fourth quarter.

Roethlisberger finished the game 26-of-39 for 361 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions, guiding the Steelers' offense to a season-high 445 total yards. Woodley added two sacks, marking the second time in his career that he's had three consecutive multi-sack games.

GAME SUMMARY

STEELERS (5-2)7109632
Cardinals (1-5)077620

TEAMQTIMEPLAYDRIVESCORE
PIT19:39Miller 12 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)5-31; 3:077-0
PIT28:09Wallace 95 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)1-91; 0:1214-0
ARZ21:20Smith 1 yd. run (Feely kick)13-80; 6:4914-7
PIT20:00Suisham 41 yd. FG8-52; 1:2017-7
ARZ39:26Stephens-Howling 73 yd. pass from Kolb (Feely kick)6-89; 2:4017-14
PIT33:54Sanders 4 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick)11-80; 5:3224-14
PIT33:42Penalty on Kolb enforced in end zone for a Safety----; ----26-14
PIT411:30Suisham 42 yd. FG13-51; 7:1229-14
PIT46:46Suisham 39 yd. FG7-19; 4:1032-14
ARZ43:53Doucet 2 yd. pass from Kolb (Pass failed)11-71; 2:5332-20

PIT-ARI SERIES HIGHS
Passing Yards
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 361 (10/23/2011)
Cardinals: Charley Johnson - 428 (10/13/1963)

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Jerome Bettis - 142 (11/30/1997)
Cardinals: John David Crow - 203 (12/18/1960)

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Buddy Dial - 186 (12/2/1962)
Cardinals:Jackie Smith - 212 (10/13/1963)

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