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Packers Win SB XLV in Familiar Fashion

“There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game and that is first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I never want to finish second again.”
-Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi has a big ol’ smile on his face up there right now, as the Packers have won Super Bowl XLV and are bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to Titletown with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It didn’t come without adversity, however. Charles Woodson, the man who keeps the defense glued together, went down in the 2nd quarter and was inactive the rest of the game. Donald Driver, the veteran and leader of the wide reciever corps, went down and never returned. Sam Shields was injured in the 2nd, missed most of the third only to return in the 4th.

Green Bay took advantage of two rare interceptions by Ben Roethlisberger to take a 21-3 lead and appeared to be running away with the game. But the Steelers responded like the Steelers always do. Roethlisberger hit Antwaan Randle El for 37-yards, then finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward, making the score 21-10 and giving Pittsburgh mometum going into halftime.

Pittsburgh continued the mometum in the third quarter. They controlled the time of possession battle, but had trouble finshing off drives. Pittsburgh controlled the ball most of the third quarter, only to put the ball in the endzone once, making the score 21-17 still in favor of Green Bay.

Green Bay stole back  mometum when Clay Matthews III knocked the ball loose out of Rashard Mendenhall’s pass and Desmond Bishop recovered. Rodgers took the field and led a drive to capatilize on the third Pittsburgh turnover and threw an 8-yard strike to Greg Jennings to make the score 28-17, in favor of the Packers.

However, the Steelers struck back again. Pittsburgh carried the run game with Mendenhall, who ran it in from 8 yards out. It was then followed by an Antwaan Randle El two point conversion run, putting the Steelers within three, 28-25.

Green Bay then needed to answer with a time-consuming drive that would end with points. Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers delivered. Rodgers drove the ball down the field, and Mason Crosby finished with the field goal to extend the lead to 31-25.

Green Bay’s Tramon William’s knocked the ball out of Mike Wallace’s hands to force a turnover on downs and seal the championship for the Green Bay Packers.

Aaron Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and 3 TD’s. He had a far more efficient day then Ben Roethlisberger, who had 263 yards, 2 TD’s and 2 costly INT’s.

Packers reciever Jordy Nelson caught 9 passes for 140 YDS and a TD. Greg Jennings caught two TD catches. For the Steelers, Mike Wallace caught 9 passes for 89 pass and a TD.

Steeler’s RB Rashard Mendenhall ran the ball 14 times for 63 YDs and a TD. Packers rookie RB James Starks ran 11 times for 52 YDS.

In the end, it was the Packers who overcame all the adversity, injuries and huge mometum swings, to come out on top and be crowned the 2011 Super Bowl XLV Champions.

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4 responses to “Packers Win SB XLV in Familiar Fashion

  1. berger987 February 6, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    The Steelers could’ve won this game by multiple touchdowns, but blew it. In the end, I’m still not questioning if the best team won. The Pack deserved it.

  2. thepidemic February 7, 2011 at 12:21 am

    If it wasn’t for the drops, Rodgers would have had like 6 td’s.

    Rodgers’ performance – A
    Pack receivers – D+ (2 good grabs and a ton of drops) losing Driver sure didn’t help
    Pack running game – C- (non existent in key moments)

    Thier pass defense was immediately much worse after Woodson was out.

    So I actually thought the Pack could have won by mutiple td’s, but I guess it’s moot point now anyways. Either way, it was an exciting game. Good to see Super Bowls go down to the final minute.

  3. berger987 February 7, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I thought most of the drops they had were at least difficult catches in the first place, so I’ll cut em slack there. Most of them, not all of them.

    But that’s what great qbs do., They lead their team to victory and step up when needed the most, and rodgers proved last night that he is THAT GUY.

    The really sad part is that I have no idea what I’m going to write about now that the NFL is going to be locked down for a while. I will actually have to write on the mlb and nba.

  4. jbebbs February 7, 2011 at 9:30 am

    It was a decent superbowl overall. I’m glad Big Ben didn’t win.

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