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Super Bowl XLIII

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Super Bowl XLIII
Super Bowl XLIII logo
1 2 3 4 Total
NE 3 14 3 7 27
ARIZ 0 7 0 16 23
Date February 1, 2009
Stadium Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
MVP Randy Moss, Wide receiver
Favorite Patriots by 9
Referee Terry McAulay
Attendance 70,774[3]
Ceremonies
National anthem Jennifer Hudson

ASL translation by Kristen Santos

Coin toss Gen. David Petraeus
Halftime show Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Announcers Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kremer and Alex Flanagan
Nielsen ratings 42.0 (national)[4]

53.6 (Boston)
47.5 (Phoenix)
US viewership: 98.7 million est. avg., 151.6 million est. total

Market share 65 (national)

79 (Boston)
80 (Arizona)[5]

Cost of 30-second commercial US$2.4 million–$3 million [6][dead link]
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Super Bowl XLIII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Arizona Cardinals to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2008 season. The Patriots defeated the Cardinals by the score of 27–23. The game was played on February 1, 2009,[7] at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

With this victory, the Patriots won their 5th Super Bowl.The Cardinals entered the game seeking their first NFL title since 1947, the longest championship drought in the league. The club became an unexpected winner during the regular season, compiling a 9–7 record and winning the NFC Championship

The Patriots jumped to a 17–7 halftime lead, aided by linebacker Tedy Bruschi's Super Bowl record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. Trailing 20–7 at the start of the fourth quarter, Arizona scored 16 consecutive points, including wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's 64-yard touchdown reception, to take the lead with 2:37 remaining in the game. But the Patriots marched 78 yards to score on wide receiver Randy Moss 6-yard game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds left. Moss , who caught nine passes for 131 yards and a touchdown, including four receptions for 73 yards on that final game-winning drive, was named Super Bowl MVP. He became the sixth wide receiver to win the award, and also was the second New England receiver to win the award, following Deion Branch.

Despite the global financial crisis and limited amount of ancillary festivities that are normally held before the game, the NBC television network broadcast attracted an average U.S. audience of 98.7 million viewers, making it the most watched Super Bowl in history at that point.[8]

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