Super Bowl XLIII Live Blog: Second Quarter

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↵THIRD QUARTER LIVE BLOG HERE.
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↵Follow the jump for the Super Bowl XLIII second quarter live blog. Hit F5 to refresh. Pre-game live blog here. First quarter here.
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↵7:03 -- Roethlisberger has apparently met his Super Bowl XL production already. And he's played better than the stats show.
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↵7:04 --If Arizona's defense played as well all the time as they do at the goal line ...
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↵7:08 -- Steelers touchdown. 10-0. Arizona has run four plays, one of which was a punt. ...
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↵And we were worried about just getting a competitive game? Pshh...
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↵7:14 -- Warner shouldn't have shaved. The ball is too handsome coming out of his hand.
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↵7:16 -- Arizona's moving the ball a bit, but Pittsburgh is still controlling the line of scrimmage. But Edge manages to fake Polamalu out of his stirrups on a screen pass. For all the pressure of a 10-0 deficit, the Cards skill players look pretty composed.
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↵7:21 -- Touchdown, Warner to ... Ben Patrick, his tight end. 10-7 Steelers. We have a game! (Thank God.)
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↵7:25 -- The Michael-Madden booth is terrifying. It's like a 3-D dome, with either confetti or nuclear fallout dropping on the curved screens behind them. I'm afraid the image being added to this green screen will drop out, and we'll be subjected to an image of the pair standing in front of a Windows screensaver. AHH THE FLYING WINDOWS STOP! Meanwhile, Rodgers-Cromartie breaks up another huge play.
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↵7:29 -- Big Ben has been encroached upon. In defense of potential encroachment, Ben has a referee with a flag. I have a Rott/lab mix and a baseball bat. Who would you feel more safe with, huh?
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↵7:31 -- Steve Breaston reverses field on a punt return, which gives at least one cameraman vertigo.
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↵7:33 -- Madden offers the best telestration drawing you'll ever see on a chop block by Edge. Warner is then sacked by LaMarr Woodley. But none of that stops this cat from being the most awesomely painted Cardinals fan in the universe.
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↵Rarely does face paint cross into art. Well done, sir. (Couldn't lose the mustache, could you?)
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↵7:41 -- Roethlisberger has a ball deflected by Brian Robinson. Karlos Dansby gets the interception. Michael initially asserts Dansby (who the broadcast team propped up with well-timed praise not too long ago) both tipped and picked the ball, despite the pick coming about 30 feet behind the tip. All things, including time travel, are possible in the SUPER BOWL.
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↵7:48 -- Less than a minute to go, Arizona inside the 15. It seems inconceivable that the Cardinals could be leading or trailing by one at halftime all things considered. Thank God for Karlos Dansby's time machine.
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↵7:51 -- Holy lord! James Harrison drops back into Warner's passing lane, picks off the easy duck thrown at his chest, and takes it almost 100 yards for the score ... well, almost. On replay, it's going to be close.
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↵Harrison looked like vintage Bettis there, scampering over, around and through tackles. Simply a brilliant runback.
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↵7:56 -- The ruling stands. That's a pretty big deal, since the game clock expired during the run. If Harrison's down at the one, it's 10-7 and halftime. But he made it, so it's 17-7. DANG!
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↵THIRD QUARTER LIVE BLOG HERE.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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