Quantcast

Tuesday, August 26, 2014         

NFL SUPER BOWL XLV | SUPER LEGACIES


 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Steelers' edge: It's not the hair, but their defense

By Associated Press

POSTED:


DALLAS » If it all were all about hair, the Steelers would already be champs.

Sure, Green Bay's Clay Matthews has a head full of golden strands, but he's got nothing on Pittsburgh's comb-defying combo of Brett Keisel's phenomenal facial hair and Troy Polamalu's luscious locks.

Keisel kiddingly — we think — bragged that his overgrown beard has Super Bowl powers, but there are plenty of other clean-cut reasons Mike Tomlin will deliver the Steelers their seventh title. Just ask Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, who knows a thing or two about winning the game.

"I think the Steelers defensively are outstanding," said the two-time Super Bowl champion coach. "And then the quarterback just keeps plays going. ... I just think the Steelers are stronger overall."

That doesn't bode well for the Packers today, even though they're 2 1/2 -point favorites.

"We've always done pretty well as the underdog," Pittsburgh team president Art Rooney II said. "That doesn't bother me in the least."

NFL SUPER BOWL

Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. today

TV: KHON

 

Or anyone else on the Steelers, for that matter.

"The majority of the experts felt that they are a better team than us," safety Ryan Clark said. "So, we are just going to go out and play hard and we are going to be as physical as possible."

That aggressive approach might give the Steelers one of their biggest advantages. Opponents have the black and blues to prove it.

Beware, Aaron Rodgers, because that's where Polamalu and James Harrison come in.

One's got the hair, the other's got the mouth. Bottom line, they're two of a kind when it comes to game-changing plays.

Even against scrambling quarterbacks — and Rodgers is one of the best — Polamalu is a matchup nightmare with the way he freelances in the secondary. One play, he can break off coverage and zip in for a sack; the next, he can make a spectacular move to break up a pass.

Harrison leads a physical bunch of linebackers that will combine with hefty defensive linemen Keisel, Casey Hampton and Ziggy Hood, and prove too much for a Packers running game that lacks consistency and experience.

"We know they're going to try to run the ball," linebacker James Farrior said. "I don't think they can throw the ball every play."

 

THE KEY STEELERS

Ben Roethlisberger
» QB (7), 6-5, 241, 7th season, Miami, Ohio
Missed first four games while suspended for violating NFL's personal conduct policy. ... Went 9-3 as starter, leading Pittsburgh to AFC North crown. ... Brought Steelers back from 21-7 deficit to beat Baltimore in divisional round, then used scrambling skills in helping team beat Jets in AFC title game. ... Led Steelers to 2006 and 2009 Super Bowl crowns. ... Tough to bring down, extends plays as well as any QB in league. ... Threw for 3,200 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions, with 97.0 rating during regular season.

Chris Kemoeatu
» LG (68), 6-3, 344, 6th season, Utah
Kahuku High graduate has improved every season, won Super Bowl rings in 2006, though didn't play as sixth-round pick, and 2009. ... Became full-time starter in 2008, missed six games in '09 with knee injury. ... Signed five-year contract during '09 offseason.

James Farrior
» LILB (51), 6-2, 243, 14th season, Virginia
Hard hitter, smart and a leader; coach Mike Tomlin calls Farrior "heart of our team." ... Began career with Jets as first-round selection in 1997, joined Steelers as free agent in 2002. ... Hasn't missed game since 2005. ... Has 109 tackles and six sacks this season.

James Harrison
» ROLB (92), 6-0, 242, 7th season, Kent State
All-Pro linebacker and among most intimidating defenders in league. ... Led NFL in fines for illegal hits, even threatened to retire after NFL's crackdown. ... Had 10 1/2 sacks and caused others for teammates with his ferocity and fearlessness. ... Former free agent who fought way onto roster in 2004. ... Was NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008. ... Returned interception 100 yards in 2009 Super Bowl, longest play in Super Bowl history.

Troy Polamalu
» SS (43), 5-10, 207, 8th season, USC
One of NFL's premier players, a versatile, freewheeling safety who hits hard, makes big plays. ... Steelers tend to struggle when he's out, as they did in losing to Jets in Game 14. ... Perennial All-Pro with nose for the ball, tied career high with seven INTs. ... Known for hair flowing out of his helmet. ... Jets WR Santonio Holmes called Polamalu best player in league.

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

No. Player Pos Ht Wt
4 Byron Leftwich QB 6-5 250
6 Shaun Suisham K 6-0 197
7 Ben Roethlisberger QB 6-5 241
13 Jeremy Kapinos P 6-1 230
16 Charlie Batch QB 6-2 216
17 Mike Wallace WR 6-0 199
20 Bryant McFadden CB 6-0 190
21 Mewelde Moore RB 5-11 209
22 William Gay CB 5-10 190
23 Keenan Lewis CB 6-0 208
24 Ike Taylor CB 6-2 195
25 Ryan Clark S 5-11 205
26 Will Allen S 6-1 200
27 Jonathan Dwyer RB 5-11 229
28 Crezdon Butler CB 6-0 191
29 Ryan Mundy S 6-1 209
33 Isaac Redman RB 6-0 230
34 Rashard Mendenhall RB 5-10 225
37 Anthony Madison CB 5-9 180
43 Troy Polamalu S 5-10 207
50 Larry Foote LB 6-1 239
51 James Farrior LB 6-2 243
53 Maurkice Pouncey C 6-4 304
55 Stevenson Sylvester LB 6-2 231
56 LaMarr Woodley LB 6-2 265
57 Keyaron Fox LB 6-3 235
60 Greg Warren C 6-3 252
61 Chris Scott T 6-4 319
64 Doug Legursky C 6-1 315
66 Tony Hills T 6-5 304
68 Chris Kemoeatu G 6-3 344
69 Steve McLendon DT 6-4 280
71 Flozell Adams T 6-7 338
72 Jonathan Scott T 6-6 318
73 Ramon Foster G 6-6 325
76 Chris Hoke NT 6-2 305
79 Trai Essex G 6-5 324
81 Arnaz Battle WR 6-1 208
82 Antwaan Randle El WR 5-10 185
83 Heath Miller TE 6-5 256
84 Antonio Brown WR 5-10 186
85 David Johnson TE 6-2 260
86 Hines Ward WR 6-0 205
88 Emmanuel Sanders WR 5-11 180
89 Matt Spaeth TE 6-7 270
91 Aaron Smith DE 6-5 298
92 James Harrison LB 6-0 242
93 Nick Eason DE 6-3 305
94 Lawrence Timmons LB 6-1 234
96 Ziggy Hood DE 6-3 300
97 Jason Worilds LB 6-2 262
98 Casey Hampton NT 6-1 325
99 Brett Keisel DE 6-5 285

 

REGULAR SEASON

WON 12, LOST 4
Sept. 12 Atlanta W, 15-9 OT
Sept. 19 at Tennessee W, 19-11
Sept. 26 at Tampa Bay W, 38-13
Oct. 3 Baltimore L, 17-14
Oct. 10 BYE
Oct. 17 Cleveland W, 28-10
Oct. 24 at Miami W, 23-22
Oct. 31 at New Orleans L, 20-10
Nov. 8 at Cincinnati W, 27-21
Nov. 14 New England L, 39-26
Nov. 21 Oakland W, 35-3
Nov. 28 at Buffalo W, 19-16
Dec. 5 at Baltimore W, 13-10
Dec. 12 Cincinnati W, 23 -7
Dec. 19 N.Y. Jets L, 22-17
Dec. 23 Carolina W, 27-3
Jan. 2 at Cleveland W, 41-9
Playoffs
Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 15 Baltimore W, 31-24
AFC Championship
Jan. 23 N.Y. Jets W, 24-19

 

PAST SUPER BOWL RESULTS

2010--New Orleans (NFC) 31, Indianapolis (AFC) 17
2009--Pittsburgh (AFC) 27, Arizona (NFC) 23
2008--N.Y. Giants (NFC) 17, New England (AFC) 14
2007--Indianapolis (AFC) 29, Chicago (NFC) 17
2006--Pittsburgh (AFC) 21, Seattle (NFC) 10
2005--New England (AFC) 24, Philadelphia (NFC) 21
2004--New England (AFC) 32, Carolina (NFC) 29
2003--Tampa Bay (NFC) 48, Oakland (AFC) 21
2002--New England (AFC) 20, St. Louis (NFC) 17
2001--Baltimore Ravens (AFC) 34, N.Y. Giants (NFC) 7
2000--St. Louis (NFC) 23, Tennessee (AFC) 16
1999--Denver (AFC) 34, Atlanta (NFC) 19
1998--Denver (AFC) 31, Green Bay (NFC) 24
1997--Green Bay (NFC) 35, New England (AFC) 21
1996--Dallas (NFC) 27, Pittsburgh (AFC) 17
1995--San Francisco (NFC) 49, San Diego (AFC) 26
1994--Dallas (NFC) 30, Buffalo (AFC) 13
1993--Dallas (NFC) 52, Buffalo (AFC) 17
1992--Washington (NFC) 37, Buffalo (AFC) 24
1991--N.Y. Giants (NFC) 20, Buffalo (AFC) 19
1990--San Francisco (NFC) 55, Denver (AFC) 10
1989--San Francisco (NFC) 20, Cincinnati (AFC) 16
1988--Washington (NFC) 42, Denver (AFC) 10
1987--N.Y. Giants (NFC) 39, Denver (AFC) 20
1986--Chicago (NFC) 46, New England (AFC) 10
1985--San Francisco (NFC) 38, Miami (AFC) 16
1984--L.A. Raiders (AFC) 38, Washington (NFC) 9
1983--Washington (NFC) 27, Miami (AFC) 17
1982--San Francisco (NFC) 26, Cincinnati (AFC) 21
1981--Oakland (AFC) 27, Philadelphia (NFC) 10
1980--Pittsburgh (AFC) 31, L.A. Rams (NFC) 19
1979--Pittsburgh (AFC) 35, Dallas (NFC) 31
1978--Dallas (NFC) 27, Denver (AFC) 10
1977--Oakland (AFC) 32, Minnesota (NFC) 14
1976--Pittsburgh (AFC) 21, Dallas (NFC) 17
1975--Pittsburgh (AFC) 16, Minnesota (NFC) 6
1974--Miami (AFC) 24, Minnesota (NFC) 7
1973--Miami (AFC) 14, Washington (NFC) 7
1972--Dallas (NFC) 24, Miami (AFC) 3
1971--Baltimore Colts (AFC) 16, Dallas (NFC) 13
1970--Kansas City (AFL) 23, Minnesota (NFL) 7
1969--N.Y. Jets (AFL) 16, Baltimore Colts (NFL) 7
1968--Green Bay (NFL) 33, Oakland (AFL) 14
1967--Green Bay (NFL) 35, Kansas City (AFL) 10

 





More From The Star-Advertiser

'Bows respond to challenge




 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(0)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions


IN OTHER NEWS