By Zane Miller
On Sunday, February 5th, 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Super Bowl XL to win the 86th championship in NFL history. It was the fifth championship for the Steelers franchise as Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward won the Super Bowl MVP Award. The game was held at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander won the 2005 MVP Award with 27 rushing touchdowns and 1,880 rushing yards, while Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher won the 2005 Defensive Player of the Year Award with one forced fumble and six sacks.
Out of Playoffs: Kansas City Chiefs (10-6), Minnesota Vikings (9-7), Miami Dolphins (9-7), Dallas Cowboys (9-7), San Diego Chargers (9-7), Atlanta Falcons (8-8), St. Louis Rams (6-10), Philadelphia Eagles (6-10), Baltimore Ravens (6-10), Cleveland Browns (6-10), Buffalo Bills (5-11), Arizona Cardinals (5-11), Detroit Lions (5-11), Tennessee Titans (4-12), Green Bay Packers (4-12), New York Jets (4-12), San Francisco 49ers (4-12), Oakland Raiders (4-12), New Orleans Saints (3-13), Houston Texans (2-14)
Out in first round: Cincinnati Bengals (L 31-17 to Steelers), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (L 17-10 to Redskins), New York Giants (L 23-0 to Panthers), Jacksonville Jaguars (L 28-3 to Patriots)
Out in second round: Indianapolis Colts (L 21-18 to Steelers), Chicago Bears (L 29-21 to Panthers), New England Patriots (L 27-13 to Broncos), Washington Redskins (L 20-10 to Seahawks)
Out in third round: Denver Broncos (L 34-17 to Steelers), Carolina Panthers (L 34-14 to Seahawks)
Most passing touchdowns: #9 Carson Palmer (Bengals)- 32 TD
Most rushing touchdowns: #37 Shaun Alexander (Seahawks)- 27 TD
Most receiving touchdowns: #89 Steve Smith (Panthers)- 12 TD & 1,563 yds
Most sacks: #56 Derrick Burgess (Raiders)- 16 sacks
Most forced fumbles: #98 Robert Mathis (Colts)- 8 FF
Most interceptions: #24 Ty Law (Jets)- 10 INT & 1 TD
Best field goal percentage (min. 12 attempts): #1 Neil Rackers (Cardinals)- 40 for 42, 95.2%
Link to stats database: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2005/
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