|Fitzgerald breaks out late, Arizona comes up short|
|Written by Admin|
|Sunday, 01 February 2009 17:27|
Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald, the pair who had been so spectacular in the playoffs, connected for two touchdowns in a span of just under five minutes against the fierce Pittsburgh defense to give their team a 23-20 lead Sunday night.
Just 2 minutes, 47 seconds separated Arizona from an incredible Super Bowl upset, a magical finish to a playoff run nobody had expected for this long-downtrodden franchise. But it was too much time. Santonio Holmes' tiptoe touchdown catch with 35 seconds to play spoiled everything for the Cardinals.
They would go home knowing only that they came close, and they would rue the many mistakes that put them behind in the first place.
eption. Fitzgerald caught six passes for 115 yards - in the fourth quarter - after just one catch for 12 yards in the first three. His 64-yard scoring pass from Warner gave Arizona its only lead of the game.
When the dust from this crazy finish settles, Arizona can look back at its 11 penalties for 106 yards. And of course that interception at the end of the first half, when the Cardinals were driving for what would have been the go-ahead touchdown.
But on first and goal from the Steelers' 1-yard line, James Harrison stepped in front of Anquan Boldin and picked off Warner's short toss, then rambled 100 yards for a touchdown that made it 17-7 Pittsburgh at halftime.
Fitzgerald couldn't quite bring the big linebacker down at the Arizona goal line, and his efforts at the end couldn't make up for it.