Steelers Join Ranks of Cowboys and 49ers With 5 Super Bowl Wins!  

TTigerAtty 63M
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2/6/2006 7:06 am

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Steelers Join Ranks of Cowboys and 49ers With 5 Super Bowl Wins!

Steelers cap Super Bowl run for ages

Courtesy of Adam Schein,

Super Bowl XL goes to the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 in a back-and-forth championship game.

Final Score: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10

It was a game highlighted by a clutch and a superbly coached Steelers defense, a brilliant gadget play, a legendary run, spine-tingling moments for a coach, owner, and running back, missed opportunities by the Seahawks, and horrific officiating.

Let's examine all of the above.

With Pittsburgh up 14-10, the fourth quarter starts with Seattle executing on three quick plays, with a Matt Hasselbeck pass to Bobby Engram, followed by two strong Shaun Alexander runs, enough to move the chains to the Steelers 19. Seattle is in a groove.

On the next play from scrimmage, Hasselbeck fired a strike for a completion to Jerramy Stevens, who otherwise couldn't catch a cold in this game, at the 1-yard line.

But hold on.

There's a flag on the play. Bill Leavy tells America it is holding on Sean Locklear. But nobody saw it live, and as ABC ran replay after replay, as John Madden said, nobody saw it on tape, either. This was a horrible phantom call. And it changed the flow of the game.

But give Pittsburgh credit here. They could've still allowed the Seahawks to march down the field. Instead, Casey Hampton made one of the biggest plays of the game with a key sack on Hasselbeck. Two plays later, the quarterback unleashed a pick into the arms of Ike Taylor.

It was a huge momentum turner in this game.

And to make it even more sweet for the Steelers, the officiating crew was totally lost on a chop block call on Hasselbeck, who wasn't blocking, but was tackling Taylor low on the return. This was a legal play and the extra yards should have never been tacked on.

On the ensuing drive, Roethlisberger then barreled up the gut for a first down on a third-and-2 draw, nicely called by offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

The play that followed was the biggest of the Super Bowl.

Roethlisberger took the snap, handed the ball to running back Willie Parker running left, who gave it to Antwaan Randle El. You knew what was going to happen as you were watching. The former Indiana quarterback fired a bullet to a wide open Hines Ward for what would result in the game-winning touchdown at 21-10. Did the Seattle defense watch any film of this team?


And now, my observations and comments:

1. The proud Pittsburgh Steeler franchise now joins the ranks of the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers with 5 Super Bowl wins. Think of that! Three NFL franchises have won 15 or 38% of the 40 Super Bowls played!
2. Ben Roethlisberger, 'Big Ben', is the youngest QB to ever win the Super Bowl. Hats off to him! He appears to have a long promising career ahead!
3. Antwaan Randle El's performance gives us a glimpse of how Missouri QB Brad Smith should be used in the NFL. Brad, not a great drop-back passer, could perform wonderfully in the NFL as a wide receiver with the added dimension of having college experience as a running QB.
4. It was nice to see 'The Bus', Jerome Bettis, retire from the game as a champion and win a Super Bowl in his home town of Detroit.
5. Hines Ward, the Super Bowl MVP, turned in a very nice performance with 5 receptions and 123 yards.
6. I have a headache this morning after five 23 ounce Bud Lights, two Glenlivet Scotch doubles and enough chicken wings to last me until the next Super Bowl game!
7. My condolences to tillerbabe, [blog magnet4u22] and others who were supporting the Seattle Seahawks. Although there were some calls that were a bit questionable, I believe the STEELERS won the game.


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rm_saintlianna 46F
15466 posts
2/6/2006 8:24 am

Watching Bettis was great, he made the right choice and ended his career on a excellent win.

TTigerAtty 63M

2/6/2006 9:28 am

[blog saintlianna] - That's the way to end a career!

tillerbabe 57F

2/6/2006 12:24 pm


Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
2/6/2006 10:10 pm

I didn't have any alcohol, but I too had enough chicken wings to last until the next SuperBowl. This was the first time in our lives that my two brothers and I spent a day together watching a Superbowl, yelling, laughing, clapping and gorging ourselves. It was an excellent day no matter who won, but I'm glad the Steelers took it.


TTigerAtty 63M

2/7/2006 6:46 am

tillerbabe - At a loss for words today? Sorry, TB! I think the Seahawks will be back in contention next year!

Whispersoftly5 - Glad you had a good time with your brothers!

[blog mzhunyhole] - Hope you enjoyed watching the game with your grandsons!

BigGirlzRSweet - It was a good game to watch!

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