The Pittsburgh Steelers quest for a fifth Super Bowl title was an epic journey that took 26 years to complete. In 2004, the Steelers finished with the best record in the history of the AFC, only to lose the championship game for the fifth time in their last six tries. The loss was particularly painful for the Steeler family because many suspected it would be the final game of Jerome Bettis' career. But the 5th all-time leading rusher in NFL history returned in 2005, hoping for one more shot at a title. In Week 14, with the team 7-5 and the season on the line, Bettis ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-9 victory over the NFC North champion Chicago Bears. The Steelers did not lose again. Highlighted by a "heart-stopping" sequence that will forever be known in Pittsburgh as the Immaculate Redemption, the Steelers improbable run to a title included wins on the road over the top three seeds in the AFC, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. In Super Bowl XL, played in Jerome Bettis' hometown of Detroit, the Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks and became the first sixth seed in NFL history to win it all. Own a piece of history! The most anticipated and watched sporting event of the year. Complete with highlights from the Steelers regular season, playoffs and the big game itself. The 2006 release contains over 3 full hours of action, along with the pre-game, post-game, half-time shows and tons of behind-the-scenes footage.
The Super Bowl XL DVD is a detailed recap of the Pittsburgh Steelers' run to the championship. However, it's a step below most 21st-century Super Bowl DVDs in that the bulk of the material focuses on the Steelers' 2005-2006 season as a whole, with only 17 minutes of the three hours devoted to actual Super Bowl game footage. The main program is a 73-minute rundown of the season's highs and lows, peaking of course in the playoffs and the final showdown with the Seattle Seahawks. Highlighting the bonus material is a 45-minute Game of the Week on the playoff game between the Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, which means there's a lot more time devoted to that second-round game than to the Super Bowl itself. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because it was a better-played game with a thrilling ending. The other notable bonus feature is the 14-minute halftime performance by the Rolling Stones. Additional material includes "wired" segments by coach Bill Cowher and running back Jerome Bettis, Bettis's on-field post-game retirement announcement, stories on running back Willie Parker and Steelers history by NFL Films' Steve Sabol, Media Day interviews (only of the Steelers, and controversial linebacker Joey Porter has nothing interesting to say here), and a variety of NFL commercials. Steelers fans will want this in their collections, but it comes up short if you're looking for footage of the actual game. --David Horiuchi