Super Bowl

Season 40 Episode 1

Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Aired Sunday 3:15 PM Feb 05, 2006 on CBS
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Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Super Bowl XL between the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Final Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 21 Seattle Seahawks 10

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  • 2006

    The Seattle Seahawks vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. This game was considered by many to be one of the worst officiated Super Bowls in history, and I would have to agree.

    I do not think that Ben Roethlisberger got into the end zone on that touchdown, that was the most notable play, although there were many others.

    The Seahawks just did not match up well with the Steelers though. Pittsburgh's defense was just too tough here and they had too many options on the offensive end. The Bus got to end his career with a Super Bowl title as did Bill Cowher.moreless
  • this was a ok superbowl

    in this superbowl it was the seattle sewhawks vs the pittbugh steelers who struggeld in the regualer season with pulling it out in the playoffs with 3 and 0 and the sewhawks who were having a good year made it to the superbowl and it was rosflis begers first superbowl but the steelers were going for there six win. the settael sewhawkes were doing good and it turned out though they just did not have it in them and they lost and the pitsburgh steelers won and big ben got his first superbowl win as quaterback. this was big for the steelers but i am not a fan of either team. i just know alot of history about the nflmoreless
  • Pittsburgh struggles to a 7-5 season record, and finishes 11-5, as they go 3-0 in the playoffs: looking to pull through with an upset over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.moreless

    My summary that I just wrote pretty much explains the whole "pregame summary" of Super Bowl XL. Yes, Pittsburgh seemed to be just one of those regular teams that might end up 8-8, or 9-7, possible not make the playoffs, but NO! The Steelers never gave up and won their last four games to end the season 11-5. The Seattle Seahawks never had a hard time getting into the playoffs, or Super Bowl. Their 13-3 regular season record was tops in the NFC. So can Pittsburgh do it? Can they pull over an upset over the might Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL? The answer...


















    YES! The Steelers do come out with the victory, 21-10 and upset the Seattle Seahawks. Average game for me: I'm not a big fan for any of these teams... The Cowboys should of played in the Super Bowl! Then I'd be happier!!!moreless
  • Refs aren't supposed to let their favorite team win.

    I both liked and hated this super bowl. I liked it because Seattle was in it and I hated it because the referee was a rookie ref and was from Pittsburgh so of course he made the most idiotic calls like when he said that Darell Jackson pushed on the cornerback causeing a offensive pass-interference. It was like the ref was sabotaging the game so Pittsburgh would win and that is completely unfair. And Ben Roethlesberger wasn't even close to the endzone but guess what the did he called it a touchdown. And even on the tonight show Ben even said that he didn't get that. Overall I liked it cause my hometeam was in it hated it because the nfl let a guy who was dropped when he was a baby be ref.

Suzy Kolber

Suzy Kolber

Sidleine Reporter

Guest Star

Michele Tafoya

Michele Tafoya

Sideline Reporter

Guest Star

Chris Berman

Chris Berman

Pregame Co-Host

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Final Score
      Pittsburgh Steelers 21
      Seattle Seahawks 10

    • Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward was named Super Bowl XL MVP.

    • Coaching Staffs
      Pittsburgh Steelers
      Bill Cowher (Head Coach) (1-0 in Super Bowls)
      Bruce Arians (Wide Receivers)
      Keith Butler (Linebackers)
      James Daniel (Tight Ends)
      Chet Fuhrman (Conditioning)
      Russ Grimm (Offensive Line)
      Dick Hoak (Running Backs)
      Ray Horton (Assistant Defensive Backs)
      Dick LeBeau (Defensive Coordinator)
      John Mitchell (Defensive Line)
      Darren Perry (Defensive Backs)
      Kevin Spencer (Special Teams)
      Mark Whipple (Quarterbacks)
      Ken Whisenhunt (Offensive Coordinator)

      Seattle Seahawks
      Mike Holmgren (Head Coach) (1-1 in Super Bowls)
      Teryl Austin (Defensive Backs)
      Dwaine Board (Defensive Line)
      Bob Casullo (Special Teams)
      Mike Clark (Strength & Conditioning)
      Nolan Cromwell (Wide Receivers)
      Gil Haskell (Offensive Coordinator)
      Darren Krein (Assistant Strength & Conditioning)
      Bill Laveroni (Offensive Line)
      Jim Lind (Tight Ends)
      John Marshall (Linebackers)
      Stump Mitchell (Running Backs)
      Gary Reynolds (Offensive Assistant / Quality Control)
      Ray Rhodes (Defensive Coordinator)
      Zerick Rollins (Defensive Assistant)
      Jim Zorn (Quarterbacks)

    • Path to the Super Bowl
      Pittsburgh Steelers
      AFC Wild Card (11-5)
      Wild Card Round: defeated AFC Central Champion Cincinnati Bengals 31-17.
      Divisional Playoff: defeated AFC South Champion Indianapolis Colts 21-18.
      Championship Game: defeated AFC West Champion Denver Broncos 34-17.

      Seattle Seahawks
      NFC West Champions (13-3)
      Divisional Playoff: defeated Wild Card Washington Redskins 20-10.
      Championship Game: defeated NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers 34-14.

    • The victory improved the Pittsburgh Steelers' franchise Super Bowl record to 5-1.
      This is the Seattle Seahawks first appearance in the Super Bowl.

    • The coin toss was performed by Tom Brady. Seattle called Tails and won the toss. They elected to receive.

    • The Pittsburgh Steelers received a winner's share of $73,000. The Seattle Seahawks received a loser's share of $38,000.

    • The average cost of a 30-second commercial was $2,500,000.

    • The face value of Super Bowl XL tickets was $700 and $600.

    • Pittsburgh was designated the home team for Super Bowl XL. They wore white jerseys and gold pants while Seattle wore blue steel jerseys and blue steel pants.

      It is the first time in Super Bowl history that a team chose to wear their road jerseys.

    • The Pittsburgh Steelers were 4 point favorites.

    • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis announced his retirement at the end of the game. This was Bettis' first Super Bowl appearance in his 10-year career.

    • Antwaan Randle El became the first wide receiver in Super Bowl history to throw a touchdown pass in when he connected with Hines Ward in the fourth quarter.

    • ABC and the NFL imposed a five-second delay and censored lyrics considered too sexually explicit in the first two songs by briefly turning off Mick Jagger's microphone. It was the first broadcast delay in Super Bowl history and was in response to the Janet Jackson / Justin Timberlake halftime show incident that occurred in Super Bowl XXXVIII.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher: It's almost unreal right now.

      (on having to win four road playoff games)
      Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher: A lot of people tell you you can't do it, but you know what, it doesn't mean you don't go out and try.

    • Pittsburgh Wide Receiver Hines Ward: I'm goin' to Disney World!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Super Bowl Rosters
      Pittsburgh Steelers
      #16 Charlie Batch (QB) (DNP)
      #36 Jerome Bettis (RB)
      #72 Barrett Brooks (T)
      #23 Tyrone Carter (S)
      #21 Ricardo Colclough (CB)
      #66 Alan Faneca (LG) *
      #51 James Farrior (LILB) *
      #50 Larry Foote (RILB) *
      #17 Chris Gardocki (P)
      #53 Clark Haggans (LOLB) *
      #98 Casey Hampton (NT) *
      #92 James Harrison (LB)
      #64 Jeff Hartings (C) *
      #34 Verron Haynes (RB)
      #76 Chris Hoke (DT)
      #28 Chris Hope (FS) *
      #29 Chidi Iwuoma (CB)
      #99 Brett Keisel (DE)
      #90 Travis Kirschke (DE)
      #35 Dan Kreider (FB) *
      #57 Clint Kriewaldt (LB)
      #31 Mike Logan (S)
      #20 Bryant McFadden (CB)
      #83 Heath Miller (TE) *
      #81 Sean Morey (WR)
      #56 Chukky Okobi (C)
      #39 Willie Parker (RB) *
      #43 Troy Polamalu (SS) *
      #55 Joey Porter (ROLB) *
      #82 Antwaan Randle El (WR) *
      #3 Jeff Reed (K)
      #7 Ben Roethlisberger (QB) *
      #73 Kendall Simmons (RG) *
      #91 Aaron Smith (LDE) *
      #77 Marvel Smith (LT) *
      #22 Duce Staley (RB) (DNP)
      #78 Max Starks (RT) *
      #24 Ike Taylor (LCB) *
      #26 Deshea Townsend (RCB) *
      #84 Jerame Tuman (TE)
      #67 Kimo von Oelhoffen (RDE) *
      #86 Hines Ward (WR) *
      #60 Greg Warren (LS)
      #85 Nate Washington (WR)
      #80 Cedrick Wilson (WR)
      #79 Trai Essex (T)
      #46 Arnold Harrison (LB)
      #68 Chris Kemoeatu (G)
      #8 Tommy Maddox (QB)
      #89 Lee Mays (WR)
      #96 Shaun Nua (DE)
      #54 Rian Wallace (LB)
      #27 Willie J. Williams (CB)

      Seattle Seahawks
      #37 Shaun Alexander (RB) *
      #27 Jordan Babineaux (CB)
      #57 Kevin Bentley (LB)
      #99 Rocky Bernard (RDT) *
      #28 Michael Boulware (SS) *
      #3 Josh Brown (K)
      #91 Chuck Darby (LDT) *
      #52 Jean-Philippe Darche (LS)
      #21 Andre Dyson (LCB) *
      #84 Bobby Engram (WR) *
      #94 Bryce Fisher (LDE) *
      #62 Chris Gray (RG) *
      #18 D.J. Hackett (WR)
      #83 Ryan Hannam (TE)
      #8 Matt Hasselbeck (QB) *
      #31 Kelly Herndon (CB)
      #56 Leroy Hill (LOLB) *
      #76 Steve Hutchinson (LG) *
      #82 Darrell Jackson (WR) *
      #71 Walter Jones (LT) *
      #87 Joe Jurevicius (WR)
      #58 Isaiah Kacyvenski (LB)
      #53 Niko Koutouvides (LB)
      #54 D.D. Lewis (ROLB) *
      #75 Sean Locklear (RT) *
      #33 Marquand Manuel (FS) *
      #20 Maurice Morris (RB)
      #35 Etric Pruitt (FS)
      #16 Tom Rouen (P)
      #39 Josh Scobey (RB)
      #65 Chris Spencer (C) (DNP)
      #86 Jerramy Stevens (TE) *
      #38 Mack Strong (FB) *
      #69 Joe Tafoya (DE)
      #51 Lofa Tatupu (MLB) *
      #93 Craig Terrill (DT)
      #61 Robbie Tobeck (C) *
      #23 Marcus Trufant (RCB) *
      #90 Marcus Tubbs (DT)
      #15 Seneca Wallace (QB)
      #81 Peter Warrick (WR)
      #22 Jimmy Williams (CB)
      #98 Grant Wistrom (RDE) *
      #77 Floyd Womack (T/G)
      #50 Cornelius Wortham (LB)
      #95 Rodney Bailey (DT)
      #11 David Greene (QB)
      #25 Michael Harden (CB)
      #73 Wayne Hunter (T)
      #88 Itula Mili (TE)
      #78 Robert Pollard (DE)
      #43 Leonard Weaver (FB)
      #74 Ray Willis (T)

      * Starters
      DNP - Did Not Play

    • Referee: Bill Leavy (127)
      Umpire: Garth DeFelice (53)
      Head Linesman: Mark Hittner (28)
      Line Judge: Mark Perlman (9)
      Field Judge: Steve Zimmer (33)
      Side Judge: Tom Hill (97)
      Back Judge: Bob Waggoner (25)

      Replay Official: Bob Boylston
      Video Operator: David Coleman

      Alternate Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
      Alternate Umpire: Undrey Walsh (96)
      Alternate Head Linesman: Tom Stabile (24)

    • Super Bowl XL Entertainment:
      Pregame: Stevie Wonder with Joss Stone, John Legend and India.Arie
      Anthem: Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville accompanied by pianist Dr. John (ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia)
      Half Time: The Rolling Stones (produced by Don Mischer Productions)

      Half Time Program: Start Me Up, Rough Justice and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.