The 6-yard touchdown reception lifted the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, bringing the Steelers a sixth Lombardi Trophy."That last drive is something we'll all remember, and that last catch is something we'll never forget," Rooney II said.
You can give the Cardinals their first Super Bowl victory. The 1972 Miami Dolphins remain the NFL's only team with a perfect record (17-0).
The 1948 Cleveland Browns of the AAFC also posted a 14-0 record.
This kind of anniversary is one whose pedigree Valley sports fans have been forced to endure. These “just-miss” events are not worth celebrating so much as they are a communal point of frustration.
That's part of the reason, perhaps, that fans do not lament that singular defeat in 2009 as the worst moment in Valley sports. This one, though, needed to be dusted off and re-lamented.
Holmes announced his retirement from professional football Tuesday.
Holmes, who last appeared in an NFL game in 2014, played parts of nine seasons with the Steelers, Jets and Bears, logging 389 career catches for 6,030 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Super Bowl XXXIII (Broncos 34, Falcons 19): Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway slaps hands with tackle Tony Jones after the Broncos scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass play to wide receiver Rod Smith. Super Bowl XXXVII (Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21): Tampa Bay's Dwight Smith races into the end zone ahead of pursuing Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon on a 44-yard interception runback for a touchdown.
Super Bowl XXXVI (Patriots 20, Rams 17): New England Patriots' kicker Adam Vinatieri celebrates his 48-yard game-winning field goal in the final seconds against the St. Super Bowl XLIII (Steelers 27, Cardinals 23): Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes catches the winning touchdown pass in front of Arizona Cardinals safety Aaron Francisco late in the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl LI (Patriots 34, Falcons 28 - OT): New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman hauls in a catch off a deflected pass that would help New England mount the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
The game also featured the first ever overtime in a Super Bowl.
And given a more appropriate, parallel-universe ending.