The underdog has gone 2-1 straight up and against the spread in the three affairs played in Tampa, and the ‘under’ has gone 2-1 as well.
Arizona will be making its first trip to the Super Bowl, which leaves just five teams (Saints, Browns, Jaguars, Lions, Texans) in the NFL that haven’t earned a trip to the finale.
Pittsburgh will be playing in its seventh SB and history has showed that the franchise has stepped up on the big stage. The Steelers have gone 5-1 in their six appearances, with the lone loss coming in SBXXX to Dallas, 27-17.
Double-digit victories happen often in the big game, 28 times to be exact. The NFC has won an eye opening 17 of its 22 Super Bowl’s by 10-plus points with its most impressive win coming in 1990 after San Francisco crushed Denver 55-10 for an easy 45-point victory in SBXXIV.
Running back Willie Parker is healthy and again performing at the level that allowed him to displace Jerome Bettis as the team's primary carrier in 2005 … the last time the Steelers made a Super Bowl run. The Steelers are 6-0 when Parker suits up in the playoffs.
The Steelers roster is stocked with 22 players with Super Bowl rings, including 11 starters from the Super Bowl XL team. The Cardinals have never been to a Super Bowl.
Experience will help put the Steelers over the top, allowing them to be the first club to experience a Lombardi Trophy six-pack.