The Seattle Seahawks were looking to make history on February 5, 2006, when they played in Super Bowl XL against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was the team’s first-ever Super Bowl appearance, and many fans were hopeful that they would be able to bring home the championship trophy.
The Seahawks got off to a strong start in the game, scoring the first touchdown less than three minutes into the first quarter. The Steelers attempted to mount a comeback, but the Seahawks defense was too strong, and they held Pittsburgh scoreless for the rest of the game.
Who Played in the 2006 Super Bowl
The 2006 Super Bowl was played by the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Seahawks won the game, 21-10. This was the first Super Bowl victory for the Seahawks.
The Steelers were playing in their sixth Super Bowl, and they were looking for their fifth championship. The Seahawks were playing in their first Super Bowl.
The game was played on February 5, 2006, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first time that the Super Bowl was played in Arizona.
The Seahawks were led by quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and running back Shaun Alexander. The Steelers were led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Willie Parker.
Roethlisberger was the MVP of the game. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown. Alexander was the MVP of the playoffs. He rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns in two games.
This Was the First Super Bowl Appearance for Both Teams
The Seahawks and the Steelers had both never played in a Super Bowl before the 2006 game. This was only the second time that two teams who had never played in a Super Bowl before met in the game. The first time was in 2000, when the Baltimore Ravens played the New York Giants.
The Seahawks Were the Underdogs
The Seahawks were not expected to win the Super Bowl. They were the sixth seed in the playoffs, and they had to go through three rounds of playoffs to make it to the Super Bowl. The Steelers were the favorites to win the game.
The Game Was Close
The game was close until the end. The Seahawks led 14-3 at halftime, but the Steelers came back to tie the game in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks then scored a touchdown to take a 21-10 lead, and they held on to win the game.
The player who scored the touchdown for the Seahawks was wide receiver Jerramy Stevens. This was his only catch of the game. He said after the game, “I’m the goat of the Super Bowl. I’ll never live this down.”
The Seahawks Were the First Team to Win a Super Bowl With a Negative Passing Yardage
The Seahawks were the first team to win a Super Bowl with negative passing yards. They had only -5 passing yards in the game. This is the lowest total for any team in a Super Bowl.
Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu was named the defensive MVP of the game. He had nine tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery in the game. This was his only Super Bowl appearance.
The Steelers Had Five players Named to the Pro Bowl
The Steelers had five players named to the Pro Bowl after the 2006 season. These players were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Hines Ward, offensive linemen Alan Faneca and Jeff Hartings, and linebacker James Farrior.
This was Ben Roethlisberger’s second Super Bowl victory. He was named MVP of the game both times that he has won the Super Bowl. He is the only player in NFL history to be named MVP of the Super Bowl twice.
Hines Ward was the MVP of the Super Bowl XL victory. He is the only player in NFL history to be named MVP of a Super Bowl and to win a championship in two different sports (he also won a Super Bowl with the University of Georgia).
This Was Willie Parker’s First Super Bowl
This was Willie Parker’s first Super Bowl. He was the starting running back for the Steelers, and he rushed for 93 yards in the game.
He was first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in the regular season and then lose more than 100 yards in the Super Bowl.