The great career of Jerome Bettis is coming to an end in the biggest game of them all Super Bowl XL. After the Steelers lost in the AFC Championship Game last year his teammates pleaded with him to play one more year, promising to get him to the Super Bowl in his hometown Detroit. This has been the story of the week as the stage has been set for a Hollywood Ending, with Bettis steaming through the line for the winning TD, as the Bus rides into the sunset with a Lombardi Trophy with the next destination being Canton. However, the game is being played in Detroit not Hollywood, and there will be no storybook ending. Two facts that can not be denied the Seahawks are the top seed in the NFC, the Steelers are the 6th seed in the AFC. True the Steelers have completed an unbelievable run beating the top 3 seeds in the AFC all on the road, but this is different this is the Super Bowl and a their opponents have not lost a meaningful game since Week 4.
The Seahawks crushed the Panthers in the NFC Championship Game a team that played in a Super Bowl just 2 years ago. They have the MVP in RB Shaun Alexander who set a record for Touchdowns with 29, they have an All-Pro QB in Matt Hasselbeck, and they have a solid underrated defense, which led the NFL in QB sacks, with Lofa Taupu in the middle creating almost as much havoc for opposing teams as Troy Polamalu. The Seahawks have a solid kicker in Josh Brown as well, in short they are every bit as good as their 15-3 overall record would suggest.
The Steelers despite the spectacular postseason of QB Ben Roethlisberger still prefer to run the football, and the Seahawks run defense was among the best in the NFL all year, while their pass defense shut down and frustrated Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith in the NFC Championship. In addition don’t underestimate the playing surface the first Super Bowl played on Field Turf, it is the preferred surface of the Seahawks who did not lose a game all year on it, including 10-0 at Qwest Field. It will be close but that field itself could be the deciding factor as the Seahawks win a close one, and take the Lombardi Trophy to the Pacific Northwest.