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Parker, Herndon break records with long plays

DETROIT (Feb. 5, 2006) -- Willie Parker of Pittsburgh and Kelly Herndon of Seattle set Super Bowl records for long plays in the third quarter.

Parker ran 75 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the second half, 1 yard longer than Marcus Allen's touchdown run for the Los Angeles Raiders against Washington in 1984.

Parker's run put the Steelers up 14-3.

With the Steelers apparently driving for another score, Herndon stepped in front of Cedrick Wilson at the Seattle 4, grabbed the pass thrown by Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 76 yards to the Steelers 20. Seattle scored three plays later to get within 14-10.

Herndon's return was 1 yard longer than Willie Brown's interception return for a touchdown against Minnesota in 1977.

Parker, the Steelers' leading rusher this season with 1,202 yards, was limited to 11 yards on six carries in the first half. But coach Bill Cowher said at halftime the Steelers had to stay with the run, and they did so by getting Parker free on a second-and-10 play.

Parker was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Steelers as a rookie in 2004 on the recommendation of scout Dan Rooney Jr., the son of team chairman Dan Rooney.

The Associated Press News Service

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