Bowl 40 Statistics – Controversial Touch Down Calls
and 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
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.
SuperBowl Matchup - Seattle Vs Pittsburgh - Odds Makers Give SeaHawks 4
Points in the Spread
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