Seattle couldn't have won the Lombardi Trophy. Jeremey Stevens would probably have dropped it.
If I had to rate this Super Bowl....I'd rate it a C-. As far as a game goes....it wasn't that great. I did have great twists at times....but it wasn't well played by any means.
Seattle looked like the 2004 team.....not being able to finish what they started. For the first time in my memory [maybe since Cowboys-Bills II]...the team that played better didn't win the game. Seattle did great moving the ball down the field. But, all they got out of it was 3 points. The only "play" they made was the interception in the 3rd quarter that put them into the Steelers redzone...in which they got their TD. Aside from that, they kept shooting themselves in the foot with penalties, very poor clock management, dropped passes and catching passes out of bounds.
As for Pittsburgh....this game [on offense] comes down to four main plays. The coolness of Ben Roethlisberger sliding to his left on 3rd-and-long and completing a pass to Hines Ward on the 3. Then, the controversial TD run by Big Ben a few plays later. The next big play was the Willie Parker record 75 yd TD run early in the second half which put the Steelers up 14-3. And the final one was the Randle-El pass to Ward for the final score of the game. Aside from those plays....the Steelers did nothing special.
And there you have it. The Steelers didn't play that well....but made big plays. For Seattle...they couldn't make THE play they needed.
I called the game Steelers 30-20....the Steelers instead won 21-10. Not bad. Here was my assessment of the game as it was going on.....
FIRST QUARTER: Seattle dominated the first quarter....but came away with just 3 pts. They had a "ticky-tack" offensive pass interference call go against them [if the refs call that....they gotta call EVERYTHING then]. They also had a huge holding call negate a big play into the Steelers 25. Defensively, Seattle is looking sharp. Pittsburgh has done next to nothing....and has ZERO first downs coming into the quarter break. Big Ben looks a little "scared" out there right now....and for some reason Pittsburgh isn't using the same sorts of play calling that they did in the last two games. Seattle 3-0
HALFTIME. Pittsburgh finally got their offense going....moving the ball and getting a TD. What a smart play buying time and getting the ball to Ward at the 3 yd line!! Now, I really don't think that Roethlisberger got into the endzone....but maybe a sliver of the ball broke the plane. I've slo-mo'd this on my TIVO and it really is hard to say. I will say that 99% of the ball never saw the endzone. Not sure about the other 1%. As for Seattle....again, they are killing themselves. Bad penalties and some untimely 3rd down letdowns. Also, what was that at the end of the half?? I mean, unlike Madden...I do understand the running play [it kind of got them inside FG range]....but why the delay??? If this was a heavyweight fight....Seattle would be ahead on rounds. Scoreboards are different. Steelers 7-3
THIRD QUARTER: Then, two of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history happened. UNC Tar Heel Willie Parker soared to a Super Bowl record 75-yd TD run. Pittsburgh gets the ball back and then methodically go back down the field. Except, Big Ben makes a mistake...tossing a duck into the flat that gets intercepted and returned for a Super Bowl record 76 yards. Seattle scores....gets the momentum....and is back in this thing heading into the final stanza. Steelers 14-10
FOURTH QUARTER: Let me just start this by saying the officials have been very pro-Steelers with their calls. A bogus holding call negates a Seattle 1st and goal on the 3 yard line [I saw a worse holding on nearly the same play when Pitt had the ball and it went uncalled]. Then you have a bogus fumble call [no harm no foul, since the Seattle challenge reversed it]. Then the Steelers were allowed a timeout even though it was clear that Roethlisberger called it with 0 on the play clock. As for the game, another first.....a WR tosses a TD pass when Antwan Randle-El tossed a TD pass to Hines Ward. From there on out.....it is Steelers football. Grinding out the clock. Playing good enough defense. Making big plays. Steelers 21-10