Super Bowl XLIII was played on February 1, 2009 and was the 43rd edition of the Super Bowl. The game was held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida and was contested by the AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFC champion Arizona Cardinals.
The Pittsburgh Steelers won the game 27-23, securing their sixth Super Bowl victory in franchise history. The game was notable for the dramatic finish, with the Cardinals scoring a touchdown with less than a minute left in the game, but ultimately falling short. Super Bowl XLIII was widely praised for its thrilling and intense conclusion, solidifying its place as one of the best Super Bowls in NFL history.
- Super Bowl XLIII was the fourth Super Bowl in Tampa, and the first one since 2001, when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV.
- The first Super Bowl in Tampa was held in 1984, when the Los Angeles Raiders beat the Washington Redskins, 38-9, in Super Bowl XVIII.
- The MVP was won by Santonio Holmes (see complete list of MVP winners)