Today in Super Bowl history (Feb. 5)

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).