Never ever pretty. Never perfect.
That's head coach Mike Tomlin's mantra for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But after Sunday night's come-from-behind 27-23 victory against the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl, Tomlin's found something pretty to add to the team's trophy case.
A record-breaking sixth Lombardi Trophy.
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It didn't come easy. The Steelers surrendered a 20-7 fourth-quarter lead with a safety and two touchdowns by Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But Tomlin calmly rallied his troops for a championship-winning drive in the final minute.
"We have a team that doesn't blink in the face of adversity," Tomlin said. "It's never going to be pretty or perfect."
Tomlin kept his emotions in check when Fitzgerald, in a very un-Steelers-like way, scored a spectacular 64-yard touchdown with 2:37 left to give the Cardinals a 23-20 lead.
"I actually was thinking that if they were going to score, that's how you want them to — extremely quickly," Tomlin said.