Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) beats New York Jets linebacker Josh Mauga (58) and defensive tackle Sione Pouha (91) on a 2-yard touchdown run against the New York Jets during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game in Pittsburgh Sunday.
BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Stock investors looking for the biggest gains this year may find themselves rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers to beat the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
The Steelers and Packers will meet in Super Bowl XLV after both teams were victorious Sunday in their respective conference championship games. Appearances in the championship game by both teams are historically good indicators of market returns, according to data collected by financial data and analytics firm Capital IQ.
The average return if the Steelers' represent the AFC in the big game is 25%, and when the Packers represent the NFC, the stock market has returned 24%, according to the data. Capital IQ calculated the annualized average returns for the S&P 500 from January 1967 through Dec. 31, 2010. The data are not intended to represent a fundamental analysis of market trends or historical data but instead are meant to take a light-hearted look at 44 years of Super Bowl history and stock market returns.