Moments later, Bruce Springsteen turned in one of the great halftime performances of all time.
Later, the Cardinals orchestrated an amazing comeback -- roaring back from a 13-point deficit.
And then Santonio Holmes made a sensational catch to win the game for the Steelers with just 35 seconds to play.
Not bad for a Super Bowl that everyone thought would be a snooze in every way.
And you thought we would never see a play like Manning to Tyree in Super Bowl XVII?
Well Harrison's 100-yard mind-boggling, masterpiece has either surpassed that or rates a close second in the annals of pro football's ultimate game.
Moments later, "The Boss" electrified the crowd from his opening note on "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out" to his closing barrage of unparalleled energy in "Glory Days."
As for the game itself, the Steelers earned their sixth Super Bowl title, the most of any franchise. And get this they are the only team to win championships under four presidents -- Ford, Carter, Bush and Obama.
Steelers fans soaked up every minute of it. Dressed in their signature gold and black regalia, the lunatics from "The Steel City," waved their terrible towels and screamed their lungs out. It felt like a home game at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.
NBC's "Football Night in America" crew was stationed inside the pirate ship in the Arizona end zone. And I felt shipwrecked without the Giants or Jets to cover. It's just not the same being at the big game without your local teams there. Fortunately, the ending of the game was riveting.
So it's "bon voyage" to Tampa, for now. But I'll be back in 10 days for that wonderful battle cry that baseball fans love.
Yankees pitchers and catchers report to George Steinbrenner Field at the end of next week. Is it too early to talk about a Subway Series?