By Zane Miller
On Sunday, February 1st, 2009, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 in Super Bowl XLIII to win the 89th championship in NFL history. It was the sixth (and, as of this writing, most recent) championship for the Steelers franchise as Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes won the Super Bowl MVP Award. The game was held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning won the 2008 MVP Award with 27 passing touchdowns and 4,002 passing yards, while Steelers linebacker James Harrison won the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year Award with one interception, seven forced fumbles and 16 sacks.
Out of Playoffs: New England Patriots (11-5), Chicago Bears (9-7), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7), Dallas Cowboys (9-7), New York Jets (9-7), Denver Broncos (8-8), Houston Texans (8-8), Washington Redskins (8-8), New Orleans Saints (8-8), San Francisco 49ers (7-9), Buffalo Bills (7-9), Green Bay Packers (6-10), Oakland Raiders (5-11), Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11), Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1), Seattle Seahawks (4-12), Kansas City Chiefs (2-14), St. Louis Rams (2-14), Detroit Lions (0-16)
Out in first round: Minnesota Vikings (L 26-14 to Eagles), Miami Dolphins (L 27-9 to Ravens), Indianapolis Colts (L 23-17 (OT) to Chargers), Atlanta Falcons (L 30-24 to Cardinals)
Out in second round: New York Giants (L 23-11 to Eagles), Tennessee Titans (L 13-10 to Ravens), Carolina Panthers (L 33-13 to Cardinals), San Diego Chargers (L 35-24 to Steelers)
Out in third round: Philadelphia Eagles (L 32-25 to Cardinals), Baltimore Ravens (L 23-14 to Steelers)
Most passing touchdowns: #9 Drew Brees (Saints)- 34 TD & 5,069 yds
Most rushing touchdowns: #34 DeAngelo Williams (Panthers)- 18 TD
Most receiving touchdowns: #11 Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)- 12 TD & 1,431 yds
Most sacks: #94 DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)- 20 sacks
Most forced fumbles: #92 James Harrison (Steelers)- 7 FF
Most interceptions: #20 Ed Reed (Ravens)- 9 INT
Best field goal percentage (min. 12 attempts): #5 Garrett Hartley (Saints)- 13 for 13, 100%
Link to stats database: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2008/
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