I mean, this time, the Cardinals had to make the late-game comeback. This time, Larry Fitzgerald made the huge touchdown catch that likely had people across the country thinking the Cards were gonna win this game. This time, it was Kurt Warner who had to watch on the sidelines as the other team drove down the field and took the lead.
I don’t care if it’s vengeful – damn, did that finish feel good.
Truthfully, until the fourth quarter, this game was pretty unmemorable. At least I thought so. With the exception of the James Harrison 100-yard interception return at the end of the first half, the first three quarters were pretty damn boring. I even fell asleep for awhile. And for much of it, I was just angry. I thought I had gotten over the Eagles NFC Championship loss.
Clearly, I hadn’t.
Whatever. How about that Santonio Holmes? Or Big Ben, leading his team to victory late in the game. (Editor’s note: God, that must be nice…) And, to be fair, how friggin’ good is Larry Fitzgerald? The Steelers bottled him up for much of the game, and he still ended up with two touchdowns. Not fair. All in all, we’ll probably look back at this Super Bowl and remember it as a pretty good game.
But for some reason, I don’t think I’ll remember it as a classic.
Why? It had all of the drama, all of the late-game, back-and-forth heroics from two very good quarterbacks. It had that classic moment, this year’s being the Santonio Holmes catch over three Cardinals defenders in the corner of the endzone. Then, there was the longest play in Super Bowl history, James Harrison’s interception return. Objectively, it was a pretty classic game, despite the fact that it was incredibly dull for three quarters.
But here in Philadelphia, I wonder if it will be a game that Eagles fans will always look back on regretfully, the bitter aftertaste of disappointment lingering far longer than one football season. After all, this was a game we all felt we should have been in. I know I probably should be over that by now – it just didn’t happen for us this year, much like it didn’t happen for every other team in the NFL. And that’s totally logical, and probably is the way I should think. And for some reason, I can’t. Instead, I was just annoyed for most of this game, and pretty much still am.
But I was happy to see the Steelers pull it out in the end, especially after the Cardinals had made their comeback. Maybe us Eagles fans have learned to find solace in poetic justice after all of these years, I don’t know.
But it’s better than nothing. And I’ll take that over nothing at all.