2 Minute Drill
Monday, Feb. 6, 2005; Page E10
Touchdowns for Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, who set an NFL record with 28 touchdowns during the regular season.
Consecutive wins to end the season for the Steelers, including three road playoff wins and a victory in Super Bowl XL.
Seasons it took for the Steelers' Bill Cowher, the longest tenured coach in the league, to win his first Super Bowl.
Passer rating for Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who completed 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
Pass attempts for Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck, the fourth most in Super Bowl history. Hasselbeck completed 26 passes for 273 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Best Ending: Steelers running back Jerome Bettis ended his 13-year career with his first Super Bowl title. Better yet, he won it in his home town, capping a distinguished career in which he finished as the fifth all-time leading rusher. Next stop for the Bus: Canton, Ohio.
Best Road Warriors: The Pittsburgh Steelers became the third team in league history to win an NFL-record five Super Bowls, and they did so by winning three straight road playoff games to get to Detroit. Super Bowl XL turned out to be the closest thing to a Steelers home game though, with most of the fans cheering for Pittsburgh.
Best Run: Steelers tailback Willie Parker set a Super Bowl record with a 75-yard run on the second play from scrimmage in the third quarter when he broke through on the right side and raced untouched to the end zone. The previous record was 74 yards by the Raiders' Marcus Allen in a 38-9 victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.
Best Interception: Seahawks cornerback Kelly Herndon picked off a Ben Roethlisberger pass at the Seattle 4-yard line and returned it a Super Bowl-record 76 yards. Three plays later, the Seahawks scored a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-10.
Worst Hype: The pregame buildup featured Steelers linebacker Joey Porter and Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens embroiled in a war of words, but the feud didn't spill onto the field. The players rarely crossed paths, and Porter never really got a chance to deliver a clean shot on Stevens, who scored the only touchdown for Seattle.
Worst Offense: The Seahawks finished the regular season as the top scoring team in the NFL (28.2 points per game), but yesterday they were bogged down. Seattle scored the fewest points in a Super Bowl since the Giants scored seven in losing Super Bowl XXXV to the Ravens by 27.
Worst Penalty: The Seahawks had marched to the Steelers 19-yard line early in the fourth quarter when Matt Hasselbeck completed an 18-yard pass to Stevens. The completion was nullified, however, when Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear was called for holding.
Worst Throw: Seattle was on a promising drive early in the fourth quarter, moving to the Steelers 27-yard line. Then Hasselbeck tried to get the ball to wide receiver Darrell Jackson, but Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor stepped in front of the pass and intercepted it to stymie the drive.
"I'm a champion. I think the Bus's last stop is here in Detroit. It's official, like the referee whistle."
-- Steelers RB Jerome Bettis, announcing his retirement after Super Bowl XL.
"It was called at the right time, and everything was perfect."
-- Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El, on his 43-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward on a trick play that gave the Steelers a 21-10 lead in the fourth quarter.
"Who knows what's going to happen? No one's sure of anything."
-- RB Shaun Alexander, on whether he will be back with the Seahawks next season.
"It really does complete a void that's been there."
-- Steelers Coach Bill Cowher, on winning his first Super Bowl.