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Super Bowl XLIII predictions


Gary Shelton St. Petersburg Times

.Arizona 23-21: Good defense usually beats good offense, but a good story beats both.

John Romano St. Petersburg Times

.. Pittsburgh 23-21: 'Cause Gary never gets it right.

Rick Stroud St. Petersburg Times

.Pittsburgh 23-21: Cardinals will be surprised by the speed of the Steelers defense.

Stephen F. Holder St. Petersburg Times

.Pittsburgh 21-17: Steelers defense knocks Cardinals offense off its game.

Brant James St. Petersburg Times

.Arizona 24-20: Cardinals handled two of the league's best defenses to get here, and have enough weapons to beat the league's best today.

Joe Smith St. Petersburg Times

.Arizona 24-21: Kurt Warner caps the Cinderella run and seals a spot in the Hall of Fame with a fourth-quarter comeback.

Trent Dilfer ESPN analyst

.Pittsburgh: Nowhere do I find an area where the Arizona Cardinals have an advantage.

Eric Dickerson former NFL RB

.Pittsburgh: (The Steelers) are such a physical football team.

Shannon Sharpe CBS analyst

.Arizona: As long as Kurt (Warner) doesn't turn it over, I like Arizona's chances.

Merril Hoge NFL Live analyst

.Pittsburgh 24-17: The Steelers are just too strong and too consistent on defense and pose too many concerns on offense for the Cards to handle for 60 minutes.

Todd McShay NFL draft analyst

.Pittsburgh 27-24: The Steelers will take away Arizona's run game and eventually will find a way to get pressure on Warner.

Mike Greenberg ESPN Radio Mike & Mike

.Pittsburgh 27-15: The Steelers defense is one of the greatest of all time and they will prove it one more time.

Trey Wingo NFL Live

.Pittsburgh 28-20: The Steelers pressure will do what no one has been able to do all postseason — get to Kurt Warner.

Mike Tirico Monday Night Football

.Pittsburgh 26-20: The Steelers running game will control the second half.

Keyshawn Johnson Sunday NFL Countdown

.Arizona 31-17: Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley is in a groove.

Mark Schlereth NFL Live

.Arizona 27-24: Ken Whisenhunt's familiarity with the Pittsburgh defensive personnel allows Kurt Warner to have a big day.

Cris Carter Sunday Countdown

.Arizona 23-20: Fantastic finish to what has been a very unusual year.

Emmitt Smith Monday NFL Countdown

.Arizona 34-28: I'm going with an upset.

Steve Young Monday Countdown

.Arizona 35-31: Kurt Warner will be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in playoff history.

Compiled by Times staff writers Greg Auman, Eduardo A. Encina, Frank Pastor and Joe Smith

Super Bowl XLIII predictions 01/31/09 [Last modified: Saturday, January 31, 2009 9:21pm]
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