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Super Bowl 40 Statistics – Controversial Touch Down Calls and Final Score  

February 5th 2006

Super Bowl 40 Statistics – Controversial Touch Down Calls and Final Score

Final Score

The Pittsburgh Steelers played one of their worst games in a month and still beat the Seattle Seahawks.  This is the Steelers fifth Superbowl win, and their first since 1980.  It was a relatively clean game with no fumbles or safeties. 

The Seahawks held the ball for more time and even moved the ball further than the Steelers (Seahawks 396 yards, Steelers 339 yards).  The Seahawks ran more plays than the Steelers (Seahawks 77 plays, Steelers 56 plays). 

But the Stat that mattered the most in the end was the number of touchdowns.  The Steelers scored 3 of them and the Seahawks only scored one. A controversial call at the end of the first half put the Steelers ahead 7 – 3, when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ran the ball “almost” into the end-zone. Roethlisberger, who was already down on the ground, reached forward with the ball.   Head official Bill Leavy let the touchdown stand.

 

Leavy, who did not overturn the touchdown, is the official with the lowest replay reversal rate in the league.  Did it change the game?  Would the Seahawks have played differently if they were ahead at the half?  An interception in the second half pretty much sealed their fate. 

Since Detroit is so much closer to Pittsburgh than Seattle, many wondered if the location of the Superbowl gave Pittsburgh an advantage.  Steelers fans outnumbered Seahawk fans five to one at Ford Field.  But it is the Superbowl, and it was held in a neutral stadium!

If you wanted to compare this Super Bowl with others, it would rank “average”.  It was not the best, but it did not disappoint either.  The SuperBowl will be remembered for controversial calls, but also the fantastic end to Steelers running back Jerome Bettis’s career. 

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