There have been two Super Bowls played on today’s date.
Do you remember these games?
Feb 5, 2006
Super Bowl XL – Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Seattle Seahawks 10
Pittsburgh quarterback and Miami University product Ben Roethlisberger was just 9 of 21 for 123 yards with two interceptions, but the Steelers got a couple of long touchdowns from other sources to win their fifth Super Bowl.
Running back Willie Parker had a 75-yard touchdown run, and Antwan Randle El became the first wide receiver to throw a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl when he hit Hines Ward with a 43-yarder for the final score of the game.
Roethlisberger added a 1-yard touchdown run on what one was of many disputed calls in the game, including two that went in favor of Pittsburgh that referee Bill Leavy later admitted he blew.
Site: Ford Field, Detroit
Point Spread: Pittsburgh by 4
MVP: Hines Ward
National Anthem: Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin and Dr. John
Halftime Show: The Rolling Stones
Nielsen Ratings: 41.6 share (approximately 90.7 million viewers)
Cost of 30-Second Commercial: $2.5 million
Misc.: The Steelers became the third team to win the Super Bowl without having a home playoff game (Green Bay in 1966 and Kansas City in 1969) and the first to travel that road over the course of four games.
Feb 5, 2012
Super Bowl XLVI – New York Giants 21, New England Patriots 17
Site: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Point Spread: New England by 2.5
MVP: Eli Manning
National Anthem: Kelly Clarkson
Halftime Show: Madonna featuring LMFAO, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green
Nielsen Ratings: 47.0 share (approximately 11.3 million viewers nationally; 166.8 million total).
Cost of 30-Second Commercial: $3.5 million
Misc.: The Patriots tied the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos for the most Super Bowl losses with four (Denver would take the lead with five two years later).