The National Football League's championship game kicks off later today, as the favored Pittsburgh Steelers face the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl 40 in Detroit. The team preparations are finished and all that remains is to play the game in hopes of raising the Vince Lombardi trophy.
The Seahawks will be making the first Super Bowl appearance in the franchise's 30 year history, while the Steelers hope to break a championship drought of 26 years.
Seattle brings the league's highest scoring offense into the game, led by running back and Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander and top-rated quarterback Matt Hasselbeck.
They will be up against the Steelers' swarming "Blitzburg" defense, nicknamed for Pittsburgh's attacking style which allowed foes the fewest rushing yards (3.4 per carry) in the league.
Pittsburgh's offense is led by quarterback "Big" Ben Roethlisberger and running backs Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis.
Mike Holmgren is trying to become the first coach to win a Super Bowl with two different teams after going one and one as coach of the Green Bay Packers. Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher, who lost in his only previous Super Bowl appearance, put it simply.
"We need to go and win one more game. You know, no one ever remembers the loser of the Super Bowl," Mr. Cowher says.