ARLINGTON, Texas -- This one, alas, did not finish with that familiar ring.
These remarkably resilient Steelers, on the cusp of one of the most spectacular comebacks in sporting history, failed to secure their record seventh championship by falling short of the Green Bay Packers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium.
It came oh, so close to being oh, so different.
"We just wanted a taste of the lead. Just a taste. And were right there," safety Troy Polamalu said. "But they made the plays on defense, and we didn't. That was the difference."
Green Bay forced three turnovers, beginning with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's two interceptions that led to the Packers storming to a 21-3 lead in the first half.