STEELERS vs. CARDINALS SUPER BOWL XLIII SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009 KICKOFF IS AT 6:00 P.M. TELEVISED ON NBC RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM
Steelers (14-4) vs. Cardinals (12-7)
Date: Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009
Kickoff: 6 p.m. (ET)
Site: Raymond James Stadium (65,908) • Tampa, Fla.
Playing Surface: Grass
TV Coverage: NBC (locally WPXI-TV, channel 11)
Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play) John Madden (color analyst) Andrea Kremer (AFC sideline) Alex Flanagan (NFC sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (color analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Westwood One Radio
Announcers: Marv Albert (play-by-play) Boomer Esiason (color analyst) John Dockery (AFC sideline) Mark Malone (NFC sideline)
A Look at the Coaches
Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall Regular-season Record: 22-10 (.688)/second season
Regular-season Record at Pittsburgh: 22-10 (.688)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 2-1/second year
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt
Overall Regular-season Record: 17-15 (.531)/second season
Regular-season Record at Arizona: 17-15 (.531)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: 3-0/first year
Steelers' Postseason History vs. Arizona Cardinals:
•The Steelers will face the Arizona Cardinals for the first time in the postseason. Following is a look at the regular-season series history between the teams:
Pittsburgh-Arizona Series History: Series began in 1933
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 32-23-3
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 21-8-1
At Arizona/Chicago/St. Louis: Arizona leads 15-11-2
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last meeting: Sept. 30, 2007 (in Phoenix)
Arizona 21, Pittsburgh 14
Postseason Series: n/a
• The Steelers merged with the Chicago Cardinals in 1944 to form Card-Pitt because of the lack of available players due to World War II. The team finished 0-10 that season and played their home games in Chicago.
• The matchup in Super Bowl XLIII between the Steelers and Cardinals will the first Super Bowl meeting between two of the NFL's oldest franchises.
• The Steelers are 2-3 against the Cardinals since their move to Phoenix prior to the 1988 season.
• Pittsburgh's first-ever victory as an organization came against the Chicago Cardinals, 14-13, on Sept. 27, 1933.
• The Steelers are 0-1 against the Arizona Cardinals under Mike Tomlin. Pittsburgh dropped a 21-14 decision in Phoenix during the2007 season.
• Several Arizona Cardinals either coached or played for the Steelers, including Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt, assistant head coach/ offensive line Russ Grimm, special teams coach Kevin Spencer, wide receivers coach Mike Miller, defensive assistant Matt Raich, WR Sean Morey, QB Brian St. Pierreand TE Jerame Tuman.
Steelers-Cardinals Connections: Several Steelers have ties to the Cardinals and the Phoenix area. Steelers with direct ties to the Arizona includerunning backs coachKirby Wilson, who coached for the Cardinals from 2004-06. College scoutKelvin Fisher played at Arizona State (1988-91) and resides in Queen Creek, Ariz. ScoutJoe Greene spent eight seasons as the defensive line coach for the Cardinals.
Cardinals with Steelers/Western Pennsylvania connections include Head CoachKen Whisenhunt, who served as the Steelers offensive coordinator (2004-06) and as their tight ends coach (2001-03). Assistant head coach/offensive lineRuss Grimm, a native of Pittsburgh who played collegiately at Pitt, coached the Steelers' offensive line (2001-06) and was also the team's assistant head coach (2004-06). Special teams coachKevinSpencerwas the Steelers special teams coach from 2002-06. Wide receivers coach Mike Milleris a native of Pittsburgh, played at Clarion and was a public relations and operations intern with the Steelers from 1994-95. He also served as an offensive assistant for the Steelers from 1999-03. Defensive assistant Matt Raichis a native of Monaca, played at Westminster and was the Steelers offensive assistant from 2004-06. Defensive backs coach Teryl Austinplayed at Pitt from 1984-87. QB Brian St. Pierre, WR Sean Moreyand TE Jerame Tuman have all been on the Steelers active roster throughout their careers. WR Larry Fitzgeraldand LB Gerald Hayesplayed at Pitt while OT Levi Brownplayed at Penn State. OG Reggie Wells, who went to South Park High in Pittsburgh, attended Clarion. WR Steve Breastonis from North Braddock and played high school at Woodland Hills.
What To Look For
PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• The Steelers look to win their NFL-best sixth Super Bowl.
• The Steelers look to improve to 6-1 in Super Bowls
• The Steelers look to improve to 31-20 all-time in the playoffs.
• The Steelers look for their seventh postseason win in the last eight such games.
PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES
WR Hines Ward
• Needs 34 yards receiving to become the team's all-time leader for receiving yards in the postseason. Ward currently has 1,021, trailing only Hall of Famer John Stallworth (1,054).
• Needs one receiving touchdown to move into a tie for second place on the team's all-time list for receiving touchdowns in the postseason. Ward currently has eight career postseason touchdowns, trailing Lynn Swann (9) and John Stallworth (12).
• Needs one catch for his 14th straight postseason game with at least one reception, the second-longest streak in team history.
QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 17 yards passing to reach 2,000 career passing yards in the postseason, becoming just the second player in team history to accomplish the feat (Terry Bradshaw - 3,883). Roethlisberger currently has 1,983 yards passing in the postseason.
• Needs eight completions to move into second place on the team's all-time list for the postseason ahead of Neil O'Donnell (158). Roethlisberger currently has 151 postseason completions.
RB Willie Parker
• Needs 63 rushing yards to move into third place on the team's all-time postseason rushing list ahead of Rocky Bleier (480). Parker currently has 418 rushing yards in the postseason.
K Jeff Reed*
• Needs six points to move into second place on the team's all-time postseason scoring list ahead of Roy Gerela (81 points). Reed currently has 76 points in his postseason career.
• Needs two field goals to become the team's all-time postseason leader in field goals. Reed currently has 14 career postseason field goals and trails Roy Gerela and Gary Anderson, who both had 15.
• Needs three PATs to become the team's all-time leader. Reed currently has 34 career PATs and trails only Roy Gerela (36).