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2006 ‐ Super Bowl XL ‐ Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks

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Pittsburgh Steelers 21
Seattle Seahawks 10

February 5, 2006

Super Bowl XL was at Detroit’s Ford Field. The AFC champion Steelers (15-5) faced the NFC champion Seahawks (15-4). 141.1 million watched the game, the second largest TV audience.

The Steelers defeated the No. 1, 2, and 3 AFC seeds to return to their first Super Bowl since 1980. The Seahawks appeared in their first Super Bowl.

Late in the first quarter, a 16-yard touchdown pass by Seattle’s Matt Hasselbeck was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty. Seattle settled for a 47-yard field goal.

Midway through the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger led Pittsburgh on a 59-yard march and scored on a third-and-goal run.

On Pittsburgh’s second play in the third quarter, running back Willie Parker ran a record 75 yards to extend the lead to 14-3.

Hasselbeck fired a 16-yard touchdown pass to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 14-10.

Seattle advanced to Pittsburgh’s 19 early in the fourth quarter, Hasselbeck was picked off at the 5-yard line.

Pittsburgh clinched the victory with a receiver reverse. Antwan Randle El was pitched the ball and hurled a 43-yard touchdown with 9:04 left. A former college quarterback, El was the first receiver to throw a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Hines Ward was Super Bowl XL’s MVP with five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown.

The Steelers joined the 49ers and Cowboys as the only franchises to win five Super Bowls.

Around the World on February 5:

  • American actor Franklin Cover died at 77.

Around the NFL in 2006:

  • January 1 – Shaun Alexander set a season record of 28 touchdowns.
  • January 28 – The NFL Network announced the airing of a primetime “Road To The Playoffs” package starting in 2006.
  • March 8 – The NFL extended the Collective Bargaining Agreement through 2012.
  • March 20 – Commissioner Tagliabue announced his retirement by the end of July.
  • March 27 – Attendance in 2005 set a new record of 21,792,096. The NFL returned the name of the game ball to “The Duke” to honor late Giants owner Wellington Mara.
  • The Amsterdam Admirals beat the Berlin Thunder 22-7 to win World Bowl XIV.
  • August 8 – Roger Goodell was named the NFL’s eighth commissioner (took office September 1).
  • August 12 – The Cardinals opened Cardinals Stadium (renamed University of Phoenix Stadium September 26) with a preseason 21-13 win over the Steelers.
  • October 13 – President George Bush signed the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act.
  • October 24 – NFL owners approved a limited number of international regular-season games from 2007 to 2011.
  • November 23 – The NFL Network aired its first regular-season game, a 19-10 Thanksgiving win by the Chiefs over the Broncos.
  • December 10 – LaDainian Tomlinson set a season record for touchdowns with 29. He finished with 31 and set a season record for points with 186.
  • December 13 – AFL and Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt died at 74.
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