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Steelers win Super Bowl XLIII

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TAMPA, Fla. - The Pittsburgh Steelers are six-time Super Bowl champions because of the calm heroics in their final game-winning two-minute drill in their come-from-behind 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Ben Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes with a 6-yard TD pass in the corner of the end zone with 35 seconds left for the winning TD.

Holmes was named MVP of the Super Bowl. He caught nine passes for 131 yards. But on the Steelers final eight-play, 78-yard drive, Holmes was the man. He caught four passes in that final drive.

Holmes says "great players step up and make big-time plays in big games."

Then, holding the winning Vince Lombardi Trophy aloft, Holmes saluted Steeler fans everywhere by saying, "This is for Pittsburgh, baby."

The late heroics by Holmes made 32-year-old Mike Tomlin the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl. Tomlin says the comeback was typical, saying, "Steeler football is 60 minutes. It's never pretty. But we fight until the end."

Cardinals coach pronounces team set for Super Bowl

Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt says his team is all set for the Super Bowl.

Whisenhunt says the key is to avoid any late distractions before Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Whisenhunt says it's important to keep a "sense of normalcy" for his players in the hours leading up to the Super Bowl.

Much of the Cardinals' game plan was put into place before the Cardinals arrived in rainy Florida. Arizona has stayed healthy during this week of practice.

The Cardinals are a one-touchdown underdog.

Steelers coach says Roethlisberger fine for Bowl

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is fine for the Super Bowl.

Roethlisberger was drilled in the back during the AFC championship game. He spent a lot of time stretching his torso during a practice last week.

Tomlin said he didn't have anything planned to tell the team before the game. The coach says that when it comes to motivational speeches, he prefers to "wing it."

Super Bowl mayors wager 'trees' on game's outcome

The mayors of the Super Bowl cities have made their wager: a tree vs. a tree - of sorts.

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who has taken to calling himself Steelerstahl since the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens to advance to Sunday's Super Bowl, has accepted the bet offered by Glendale, Arizona. Mayor Elaine Scruggs.

If the Steelers win, Glendale officials must plant a tree native to Pennsylvania outside University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. If the Cardinals win, Ravenstahl must see that a cactus is planted outside of Heinz Field, where the Steelers play.

Pittsburgh's mayor is explaining the bet this way: "Pittsburgh is a city of trees, so we're betting a tree for a tree, even though theirs is a cactus."

Covering the Big Game and the Big Ads

Covering the Super Bowl is a massive undertaking; NBC is planning on more than 10 hours of live programming.

NBC will use more than 70 cameras, 50 miles of fiber optic cable, 93 microphones, five robotic cameras, including two attached to the goal posts all to bring you the game.

In addition to the big game, is another celebrated tradition: Super Bowl commercials. NBC has set a new record for Super Bowl ad revenue; to the tune of $206 million.

The network announced it has sold the last two of the 67 advertising spots for Sunday's game.

The Super Bowl is the premier advertising event for companies with more than 100 million viewers, many of them particularly watching for the debut of the entertaining, big budget commercials.

Ads sold between $2.4 and $3 million dollars for each 30-second slot this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this article

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