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NFL: Steelers, Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks will battle for the National Football League championship in the Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh became the first sixth-seeded team to reach the Super Bowl, beating the Denver Broncos, 34-17, Sunday. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 29 pass attempts for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He and running back Jerome Bettis each carried the ball for a touchdown. The Steelers won three straight playoff games on the road against the top three seeds in the American Conference. Pittsburgh has four Super Bowl titles in five previous appearances.

In Seattle, the host Seahawks earned their first trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history with a commanding 34-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck led a balanced attack, throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns. NFL rushing champion Shaun Alexander carried the ball for two more touchdowns while the Seattle defense held Carolina to a mere 36 yards on the ground.

Super Bowl 40 is February 5 in Detroit, Michigan. The AFC team has won six of the last eight Super Bowls.