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Super Bowl XL
Pittsburgh Steelers . Ironically, the Steelers defied the odds just to earn the trip to the Super Bowl. Coming into the playoff season as the lowest seed in the AFC, 6 of a possible 6 teams, the Steelers defeated all of their higher-ranked opponents on the long and winding road to Super Bowl XL.
Seattle Seahawks, 13-3. Seattle lost their first and last games of the season and managed to win 11 in a row from October 9th to December 24th 2005, averaging a 15.8 margin of victory in those 11 wins.
|On the team rosters of the Steelers and the Seahawks, there were many veterans who were critical to their team's success. Which player among the two teams, was the most seasoned veteran going into Super Bowl XL?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Chris Gardocki. Clemson standout, Gardocki, was in his 15th NFL season as the team made the Super Bowl, having played in 228 regular season games. Before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gardocki played for the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and Cleveland Browns. He threw one incomplete pass during the 2005 regular season, giving him a passer rating of 39.6 on the season.
|How many common opponents did the Steelers and Seahawks play in the regular season, and which of those teams did neither eventual Super Bowl squad defeat?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
4, Jacksonsville Jaguars. The common teams played included the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, and Indianapolis Colts. Pittsburgh lost in Game 5 to the Jaguars, 23-17, and the Seahawks lost their season-opener against the Jaguars, 26-14.
Seattle defeated Philadelphia 42-0. The Steelers embarrassed their rival Browns to be sure, but the Seahawks lopsided win at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field against the defending NFC Champs, had to be considered a passing of the torch. The Seahawks held a 35-0 lead by the end of the first half! It wasn't much of a contest as starter Donovan McNabb was injured and backups Koy Detmer and Mike McMahon combined for 145 passing yards and 4 interceptions.
|Which team overcame the largest point deficit to ultimately win the contest during the 2005 regular season? ||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Seattle, 10 points down to Tennessee. Surprisingly, the Seahawks had some trouble with the lowly Tennessee Titans on December 18, 2005, in The Colesium. After storming out to a 14-0 lead, the Seahawks gave up 24 unanswered points, and with 6:14 left in the 3rd Quarter, the team in Blue and Green found themselves down by 10. However, the Seahawks shut down the Titans and came back to win the contest 28-24.
|Which team averaged the fewest points allowed during their playoff run (not including the Super Bowl)?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Seattle, 12 points. Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers were perhaps better known for their rock-steady defense, in the 3 playoff games they played, they gave up more points (17.3) than the pass-happy Seahawks. Against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati scored 17; Indianapolis scored 18; and Denver scored just 17. Seattle held Washington to 10 points in the divisional round and the 'Hawks held Carolina to just 14.
|Which team had the tight end with more catches and more receiving yards over the course of the regular season?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Jerramy Stevens, 45 catches for 554 yards. Heath Miller was more celebrated as an outstanding rookie, even if he didn't have as many receptions or yards as Stevens. But Miller did score 6 TDs compared to Stevens' 5 on the season.
|Between the NFCs QB Matt Hasselbeck and the AFCs QB Ben Roethlisberger, which quarterback led his conference in total passer rating?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Matt Hasselbeck, 98.2. Big Ben actually had the better passer rating going head-to-head, but his efforts were only good enough for third in his own conference. The leader in the AFC was Peyton Manning with a rating of 104.1, followed by Carson Palmer at 101.1. For the NFC, Marc Bulger of the Rams finished second (94.4) and Brad Johnson of the Vikings came in third (88.9). For the AFC,
|Which team had more players who attended college in the same state where their pro team resided?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Seattle, 4 players. The Seahawks roster included 3 players from Washington State; C, Robbie Tobeck; CB, Marcus Trufant; and G, Joey Hollenbeck. Their roster also carried TE Jerramy Stevens from Washington. The Steelers players who played in Pennsylvania-based colleges included only C, Jeff Hartings from Penn State, and RB John Kuhn from Shippensburg, who prepared for the Super Bowl as a member of the practice squad.
|Hasselbeck started every game for the Seahawks in 2005. Ben Roethlisberger missed 4 games due to injury. Which quarterback averaged more passing yards per games played during the regular season? ||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Matt Hasselbeck, 216 yards/game. Hasselbeck also averaged more TD passes per game with 1.5. Roethlisberger averaged just 1.42 TDs per game. However, when the quarterback ratings were computed, Big Ben had a slightly better rating of 98.6 over Hasselbeck's 98.2.
Jim Zorn. Zorn started his playing career with Seattle in their first year of existence in 1976. Zorn joined the Seahawks as the QB coach on February 16, 2001. Zorn's previous coaching career can be described as: 1988-91 - Boise State: Offensive Assistant/Quarterbacks. 1992-94 - Utah State: Offensive Coordinator 1995-96 - University of Minnesota: Quarterbacks 1997-98 - Seattle Seahawks: Offensive Assistant 1998-00 - Detroit Lions: Quarterbacks.
Hines Ward with 69 catches for 975 yards. Miller, the rookie from Virginia had an outstanding year as a tight end but he only recorded 39 catches for 459 yards. Wilson, in his first year as a Steeler, recorded a 17.3 yards per catch average, but didn't lead the team in catches and receiving yards. Rod Smith, while having a great season in 2005, played for the AFC-West Denver Broncos.
|In his first MVP season, the Seahawks' RB Shaun Alexander led the NFC with the most rushing yards. But do you know which Seattle player was the second-leading rusher for the Seahawks in the 2005 regular season?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Maurice Morris with 288 yards. Morris, from the University of Oregon, played in all 16 regular season games, carried the ball 71 times, and had a 4.1 yards per carry average. Warrick, the former standout from Florida State University in his first year with the Seahawks, had only one rush for 5 yards.
|In 2005, the Pittsburgh Steelers were known for their balanced running attack. Which player led the team with the most games and with the most rushing yards during the regular season?||Journey to Super Bowl XL
Willie Parker, 12 games. Parker ended up with 1202 rushing yards on the season to lead his team. Bettis, in his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only played in 12 games, recording his fewest number of carries (110) and his fewest number of total rushing yards (368) for a season.
Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh beat Denver in the AFC championship. They won three state road games at Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Denver. They became the first #6 seed to ever reach a Super Bowl. New England lost to Denver in round 2.
Denver Broncos. New England only faced Jacksonville and Denver in the 2006 playoffs. They beat Jacksonville in Foxboro, Massachusetts, in the first round, but at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, they lost 27-13 to the Broncos.
Carson Palmer. Carson Palmer was injured in the first quarter by Kimo von Oelhoffen. Jon Kitna, their starter in 2003, filled in, but Cincinnati's leader was gone and they lost 31-17 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger was the QB for the Steelers, and Trent Dilfer missed the playoffs with his team, the Cleveland Browns.
New York Giants. In an embarrassment of the Giants, Eli Manning and Tiki Barber were shut down. The Panthers' defense held New York's offense to nothing. Steve Smith, Deshaun Foster, and Jake Delhomme stepped up on the other side of Carolina's ball. San Fran and Green Bay both missed the playoffs widely, and Washington lost in the 2nd round.
|Seattle kicker Josh Brown went 1-for-3 in field goal attempts. How many yards was his only successful FG?||Super Bowl XL
47. Brown missed attempts of 50 and 54 yards.
3. Seattle had one from Kelly Herndon and one from Michael Boulware. Pittsburgh had one from Ike Taylor.
Shaun Alexander. Seattle's Alexander had 95 yards, compared to Pittsburgh Parker's 93 (75 of which came from a Super Bowl record touchdown run). Pittsburgh's Bettis had 43, and Seattle's Hasselbeck rushed for 35.
Leroy Hill. Seattle's Hill had seven solo tackles, Seattle's Tatupu and Pittsburgh's Taylor had six each, and Pittsburgh's Haggans had five.
|What position was the Super Bowl XL MVP, which was won by a Pittsburgh player?||Super Bowl XL
Wide receiver. Hines Ward was the MVP.
|How long was Pittsburgh's Antwan Randle-El's touchdown pass?||Super Bowl XL
43 yards. Randle-El, normally a wide receiver and emergency quarterback, threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward.
Engram. He 6 caught passes.
47. It came 22 seconds into the first quarter.
t. The Seahawks had 396 while the Steelers only had 339.
Stevens. It was a 16-yard pass.
98. Matt Hasselbeck had the second most yards with 35 yards.