The Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers met in Super Bowl XL, which was played in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field. Pittsburgh entered the game as a 4-point favorite over the Seahawks.
Pittsburgh stumbled through the first 12 games of its season with a 7-5 SU record, but finished strong to go 11-5 SU. Losing out on the division tiebreaker to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh made the postseason as a Wild Card team and became the first team ever to go on the road and defeat the top three seeds in its conference in the playoffs. The team played well when Ben Roethlisberger was under center, but suffered when he missed games due to injury during the regular season. Pittsburgh had a great one-two punch at running back with Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis, and the defense was one of the best in the league allowing only 284 total yards per game.
The Seattle Seahawks shook off a shaky 2-2 SU start to the season to reel off 11 straight wins, finishing the regular season with an NFC-best 13-3 record to earn the conference's top seed. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a strong year with 3,455 passing yards and 24 passing touchdowns, but the star of the offense was undoubtedly running back Shaun Alexander. Alexander rushed for 1,880 yards and an NFL-record 28 touchdowns this season, securing the NFL Most Valuable Player award in the process. To go along with their powerful offense, Seattle had a solid defense that led the NFL in sacks.
Seattle took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter and held on to it until the second quarter when Ben Roethlisberger rushed it in to put the Steelers up 7-3, a lead that Pittsburgh carried into the half. The Steelers also struck first in the second half when Willie Parker ripped off a 75-yard run to put Pittsburgh up 14-3.
Seattle brought it back to within four with a touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck, but the Steelers had the only score of the fourth quarter and held on for a 21-10 win. Pittsburgh was the first favorite in five years to cover the spread as the total went UNDER the posted number of 47 points.
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