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February 5, 2006 | Bob Oates, Special to The Times
The Pittsburgh Steelers are so much better than the Seattle Seahawks this year that the only reason to play today's game is to avoid disappointing the throngs of party-goers who have turned the Super Bowl into an unofficial national holiday. At the moment, the one-sided nature of this game isn't commonly realized because Pittsburgh was seeded sixth among AFC teams this season whereas Seattle was clearly No. 1 in the NFC. Yet those rankings are misleading, as rankings often are.
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January 23, 2006 | MIKE PENNER
Before considering the potential ramifications of a Seattle-Pittsburgh Super Bowl -- coffee versus ketchup, microbrews versus many brews, Starbucks versus the Star Bus -- let us consider where some key Super Bowl XL participants were a decade ago. Seahawks: For a few minutes in 1995, this team was bound for Anaheim, with then-owner Ken Behring swooping in to capitalize on a city suffering from Ram withdrawal and hoping to leverage a new Seattle stadium out of the flirtation.
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September 8, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Seven months after winning one for the thumb, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the NFL opener with one big arm tied behind their back. With recuperating quarterback Ben Roethlisberger cheering him on from the sideline -- and Heinz Field shaking from rafters to pilings -- Pittsburgh backup Charlie Batch threw three touchdown passes to power the defending champions to a 28-17 come-from-behind victory over the Miami Dolphins. But Batch didn't do it alone.
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September 29, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
The Baltimore Ravens are 2-0. That's short for two and Ohio. The Ravens, whose two victories have come against the winless Cincinnati Bengals and 1-3 Cleveland Browns, will face their first big test tonight when they play at Pittsburgh with the AFC North lead at stake. It will be the first road game for Ravens rookie quarterback Joe Flacco, and the pressure will be on Baltimore's defense to prove its first two games were no mirage.
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January 30, 2009 | Sam Farmer
The Cardinals have had a lot of success in the playoffs running trick plays, or even just misdirections. Two that come to mind were long passes from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald. The first, at Carolina, was a fake pitch that froze the defense, followed by a bomb to Fitzgerald, who outleaped the two defenders sandwiching him and made the catch. Then, in the NFC championship game against Philadelphia, Warner pitched to J.J. Arrington, who threw it back to him.
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February 1, 2006 | Sam Farmer and Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writers
Of the two quarterbacks in Super Bowl XL, Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger might be getting more attention, but Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck is far funnier with the media. Hasselbeck, who clearly doesn't take himself too seriously, showed off his all-pro wit and comedic timing during media day Tuesday, whereas many of the other Seahawks and Steelers played it straight.
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February 5, 2006 | Sam Farmer
STEELER RUN OFFENSE VS. SEAHAWK RUN DEFENSE * The Steelers do a great job of taking what a defense gives them. Pittsburgh throws when the safeties come up and runs when the safeties drop back. Speedy Willie Parker will get most of the carries, but he's more susceptible to fumbles than Jerome Bettis (his turnover at Indianapolis notwithstanding). Bettis will get the ball around the goal line, and/or if Pittsburgh builds a second-half lead and needs to burn the clock.
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January 24, 2006 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Early Monday morning, about 10 hours after the Seattle Seahawks earned the first Super Bowl trip in their 30-year history, the soaring arches above Qwest Field were bathed in blue and green lights. It was the afterglow of the Seahawks' 34-14 victory over Carolina on Sunday, one that will last until at least the Super Bowl -- and maybe much longer.
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February 6, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
The record book will show that Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday became the youngest winning quarterback in Super Bowl history. What it won't show is that the Pittsburgh Steelers won almost in spite of the fallow Roethlisberger, whose 22.6 passer rating didn't even match his age and was the lowest ever for a winning Super Bowl quarterback.
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