Super Bowl XL: Steelers 21, Seahawks 10
The Steelers made three big plays on offense and played a bend-but-don't-break defense to win their record-tying fifth Super Bowl title. The Seahawks lost despite winning the turnover battle (2-1), having more total yards (396-339), and consuming more of the clock (33:02-26:58). The Seahawks crossed midfield on nine of their 12 possessions, but scored just twice. With 3:58 left in the second quarter, faced with third-and-28 from the Seahawks' 40, Ben Roethlisberger eluded the rush, rolled left and threw a deep pass across field. Hines Ward outleaped Michael Boulware at the 3 for a 37-yard pass play. Two plays later, on a broken play, Roethlisberger dived over left tackle and reached the goal line for a touchdown. On the second play of the second half, Willie Parker set a Super Bowl record with his 75-yard touchdown run over right tackle. Seattle's Jerramy Stevens caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to cut the deficit to 14-10 with 6:45 left in the third quarter. The Steelers scored the game's final points when Parker took a handoff and gave the ball to Antwaan Randle El on a reverse. Rolling to his right, Randle El fired a perfect 43-yard touchdown pass to Ward for a 21-10 lead with 8:56 to play in the game.
First Published February 1, 2009 12:00 am