Let's look up the word penultimate:
penultimate [pɪˈnʌltɪmɪt]The Super Bowl isn't the next-to-last game of the year. It's not penultimate; it's ultimate. So penultimate doesn't work here.
next to the last
anything that is next to the last, esp a penult
[from Latin paene almost + ultimate, on the model of Latin paenultimus]
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