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Rating the Super Bowl Coverage

I'm not sure if the 100-yard interception for a touchdown by the Pittsburgh's James Harrison on the final play of the first half of the Steelers' 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals hurt the Cards or NBC more Sunday night.

The play gave the Steelers a 17-7 lead and they seemed in control until early in the fourth quarter when Cardinal quarterback Kurt Warner and receiver Larry Fitzgerald led an exciting comeback that the Steelers overcame with a touchdown drive of their own in the final minute.

By the time the Cards found their game, I suspect many viewers might not have stayed around. We'll find out when the ratings arrive today.

I rated NBC announcers Al Michaels and John Madden highly. They hit almost all the key points of the game. Madden was especially good at describing how the Steelers held Fitzgerald in check for three quarters. However, he didn't address the officiating, which I'm sure is getting attention in Arizona today. 

The pre-game show was less than stirring and loaded with time fillers. But Bruce Springsteen lived up to expectations at halftime and Jennifer Hudson gave a terrific rendition of the national anthem.

What did you think of NBC's telecast and the game?

-- Alan Pergament

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