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Super Bowls have become closer

Updated: February 2, 2009, 5:59 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Super Super Bowls are becoming a habit.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' 27-23 win Sunday night over the Arizona Cardinals was another classic in an era of great games -- "a game for the ages," commissioner Roger Goodell called it.

Indeed, with a few of exceptions (notably Ravens 34, Giants 7 in 2001) fans have been treated to a decade's worth of rousing NFL championships.

Consider that the typical Super Bowl score from 1980-99 was 35-17.

But starting in 2000, when ...

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