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SUPER BOWL SCENE
º SUPER PHOTOS
Our photographers roamed Detroit all week to bring you the Super Bowl XL scene. From photos of both teams to anything else that went on, we had it covered.
• Super Bowl gallery | Zoom gallery

º PAGE 2 AT SUPER BOWL XL
Page 2 sent Chuck Klosterman to the Super Bowl to write the best one-week sports blog ever.
• Klosterman blog | Page 2

º SPORTSNATION
From chats to polls to the daily pulse, SportsNation had Super Bowl XL covered.
• SportsNation | Super Bowl pulse

º ESPN RADIO
ESPN Radio was live in Detroit all week leading up to Super Bowl XL. Check out audio highlights, photos of the hosts and their guests in Detroit, as well as a link to ESPN Radio's webcam.
• ESPN Radio coverage
ESPN'S TAKE
Eric Allen Question: What was the turning point of Super Bowl XL?

The turning point of this game was when Ike Taylor picked off Matt Hasselbeck near the goal line. That play cemented the game for the Steelers because it completely took the life out of the Seahawks. They were driving and threatening to either score a touchdown to take the lead or to pull within one off the field goal. Instead Taylor took the Hawks' heart and the game was pretty much iced after that.
-- Eric Allen

Experts' turning points

GAME LEADERS
QBsRBsWRs
Matt Hasselbeck
Yds: 273
TDs: 1
Rat: 67.8
Shaun Alexander
Yds: 95
TDs: 0
Avg: 4.8
Joe Jurevicius
Rec: 5
Yds: 93
TDs: 0
Ben Roethlisberger
Yds: 123
TDs: 0
Rat: 22.6
Willie Parker
Yds: 93
TDs: 1
Avg: 9.3
Hines Ward
Rec: 5
Yds: 123
TDs: 1
INJURY REPORT
No significant injuries
TEAM AVERAGES & NFL RANKS
TEAM OFFENSETMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsSEA
 
 369.7
PIT
 
 321.8
Yards PassingSEA
 
 216.1
PIT
 
 182.9
Yards RushingSEA
 
 153.6
PIT
 
 138.9
TEAM DFFENSETMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedSEA
 
 316.8
PIT
 
 284.0
Pass Yds AllowedSEA
 
 222.4
PIT
 
 198.0
Rush Yds AllowedSEA
 
 94.4
PIT
 
 86.0
GAMEDAY MATCHUP
  W  L  T PF PADIVCON
SEA133028.3176-0-010-2-0
PIT115024.3164-2-07-5-0
H2H MATCHUPS (SINCE 2001)
Series tied 1-1
Nov 2, 2003@SEA 23, PIT 16
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Hines Ward
(AP Photo)
Ward had a good time on Sunday, scoring the game's final TD.
Game Ward-en
Last summer, Hines Ward was in a contract dispute with the Steelers. On Sunday at Ford Field, the four-time Pro Bowler was named the MVP after helping the Steelers to a 21-10 win over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. Len Pasquarelli's story
• Pasquarelli: Big plays carry Pitt. | Garber: Bettis' finale | Photos
• Wickersham: Randle El gets the call | Woj: Pittsburgh West
• Clayton: Mistakes doom Seahawks | Injured Seahawks
 
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