2. Super Bowl XL-Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
For my money, this is the most boring Super Bowl we’ve ever seen and it’s not especially close. Leave aside the story of Steelers’ running back Jerome Bettis winning a ring in his final NFL game, in his home town of Detroit, and Super Bowl XL is even less appealing.
The game was generally poorly officiated, from the perspective of Seahawks’ fans in particular. Being in just his second NFL season was a factor, but winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went just 9-for-21 for 123 yards with two interceptions. The most exciting play in the game was a gadget play, as Steelers’ wide receiver (and former college quarterback) Antwaan Randle El threw a 43-yard touchdown to MVP Hines Ward midway through the fourth quarter. A 75-yard touchdown run by Steelers’ running back Willie Parker was also notable, but not particularly memorable.
A special occasion like the 40th Super Bowl deserved better than what the Steelers and Seahawks gave it. But it also looks like something of a turning point in the history of the game, as the Super Bowl has regularly featured exciting games, star power or both since the big dud in Detroit.