Super Bowl XL Steelers vs Seahawks (Feb 5, 2006)      


2005 Season

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Super Bowl XL Steelers 21 vs Seahawks 10

The Steelers finally get "one for the thumb" as the Bus makes his last stop in Detroit. On a day when Ben is decidely off his game and the entire offense seems jittery and out of sync, the Steelers' defense -- aided by Seattle's penalties, self-inflicted wounds and poor clock management -- holds off the Seahawks long enough for the offense to produce a handful of gigantic plays.

Key moments include Ben's crazy 3rd-and-28 improvisational scramble-n-pass to Ward for 37 yds and Willie Parker's stunning 75-yd TD burst behind the crushing block of guard Alan Faneca. But no play is bigger than Antwaan Randle El's "Fake-39 Toss X-Reverse Pass" to Hines Ward.

With the ball on Seattle's 43, Roethlisberger hands off to Parker, who hands off to Randle El, who is sweeping right on an end around. Meanwhile, game MVP Hines Ward comes off the line casually and then suddenly explodes downfield into the clear, and Randle El -- aided by a clutch block by Big Ben -- throws a picture perfect deep strike, hitting Ward in stride at the 5-yd line. A broadly smiling Ward skips into the end zone for a stunning 43-yard TD, giving Pittsburgh an insurmountable 21-10 lead.

The Bus is finally home and after the game on the podium, in front of a jubilant Steelers "home crowd" on the road, Bettis says, "I'm a champion. I think the Bus' last stop is here in Detroit."

Mission accomplished!

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