Super Bowl 2011: 5 Reasons Fans Want To See the Steelers vs. Packers
With four remaining teams left in the playoffs, there are only four possibilities left for a Super Bowl. Between the four teams, they all have a combined 11 Super Bowl trophies. six owned by Pittsburgh, three by Green Bay, and one each for the Jets and Bears.
Both the Jets and Bears have only been to the Super Bowl once, as well. However, both the Steelers and Packers have lost a Super Bowl. Green Bay hasn't been back to the Super Bowl since Brett Favre and the Pack lost to John Elway and the Broncos.
The last time the Steelers were in the big game, they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-23, making NFL History by being the only team to win six Super Bowls.
So why would people rather see a Steelers vs. Packers Super Bowl rather than one of the other three possibilities?
Here are my five reasons.
No. 5: Dom Capers Against Dick LeBeau (Student vs. Teacher)
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Two of the greatest defensive minds in all of the NFL would meet in the big dance. How can you not like the prospect of that? With Green Bay's offense playing the way it has been, it would be very interesting to see what Dick LeBeau will do to stop Aaron Rodgers and company.
On the other side, it would be great to see if Dom Capers can keep Ben Roethlisberger from torching his defense for another 500+ yards.
Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau both have ties to the Pittsburgh Steelers, both were defensive coordinators for them at one time or another. Dick LeBeau left for a head coaching job and left Dom Capers to take over.
LeBeau obviously came back to the Steelers to help them build their defense back up to the dominating machine that it is, while Dom Capers found a way to take a less than amazing defense and turn them into one of the best in the league.
When defensive minds meet on a football field, sometimes a game can turn into a shootout.
Which brings me to the next reason...
No. 4: Fans Know It Will Be Exciting
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If Green Bay and Pittsburgh meet in Dallas for Super Bowl XLV, it will be the second time in two seasons these two teams meet. The last meeting took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 20th, 2009.
A meeting between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009?
Green Bay had the No. 1 ranked defense at the time, while Pittsburgh's was in the top five. So most people would have assumed this game would end up being a boring defensive struggle. Needless to say this game made Green Bay's defense jump back to No. 2 while the Jets defense took over.
Final score? 37-36.
At the end of half, the Steelers were up 21 to 14. Aaron Rodgers went 26 of 48 for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger went 29 of 46 for 503 yards and 3 touchdowns. Talk about a quarterback showdown. It had to be, considering the only thing the two dominate defenses did well was stop the run.
Will a Dom Capers/Dick LeBeau meeting end up in the same fashion?
No. 3: Pittsburgh's Possible Chance For a 7th Super Bowl
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A lot of Steelers fans out there are starting to call this playoff run the "Stairway to Seven."
Catchy, isn't it?
Well as catchy as it is, some people enjoy history being made. The only way Pittsburgh could out do the NFL historic sixth ring would be to get a seventh one.
It would mark the second time Mike Tomlin took the Steelers to the Super Bowl. It would also mark Ben Roethlisberger's third Super Bowl appearance. Only one active quarterback has more appearances in a Super Bowl than that. His name: Tom Brady.
The city of Pittsburgh thrives on their sports being dominate (except baseball) and a seventh Super Bowl title in the Steel City would make for a lot of partying on that night.
No. 2: Aaron Rodgers Taking the Final Step Out of Favre's Shadow
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Even though it has been three years later, to this day, when you hear the name 'Green Bay Packers', a lot of people will still say Brett Favre. The Packers had fallen from their glory days of 11 NFL Championships (two Super Bowls) after the early 70's. Green Bay fell off the radar for the next 30 years.
A man named Don Majokowski had shown up and gave the Packer's faithful some hope. Well, unless you've been living under a rock for all of these years, we all know how this story unfolds. Don goes down, Brett Favre goes in, and takes over for the next 16 years. In those 16 years, the man had won three straight MVP titles, taken the Packers to the Super Bowl twice (won the first one) and made many playoff appearances.
After the 2007 season ended in Green Bay with an overtime interception which led to a Giants game winning field goal to send them to the Super Bowl, Brett Favre "retired."
Head coach Mike McCarthy and General manager Ted Thompson said that Aaron Rodgers was their man and that he would be the starter. Favre wanted to come out of retirement and play again. However, in the end, the Packers traded Favre to the Jets and the rest is history.
Aaron Rodgers has already done so many things since Favre's departure. They include setting playoff records that Brett couldn't even dream of. Not to mention, getting the love of Packer's nation as he over took the man who almost every Packer's fan loved and admired.
All that is left for Aaron Rodgers is to take that final step out of the shadow of Favre so that everyone can start saying, "Brett who?"
No 1: Steelers and Packers Have the Biggest Fan Base
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Sometimes when the Steelers go on the road to play a team, you see more black and gold than you do the other team's colors. Same goes with Green Bay at times. Take last Sunday for example in Atlanta. You truly got to know how many Packers fans were in attendance at the Georgia Dome when some Falcons fans were leaving.
Chants of "GO PACK GO" could be heard far over any of the Falcons fans who were there. If anything, you could say that more than 50% of America is either a Steelers or Packers fan. That being said, the majority of fans of the NFL would like to see the Steelers and Packers in the Super Bowl.
Now to each set of fans respectively, there are probably a lot of Packers fans who would rather play the Jets, as the same with Steelers fans rather play the Bears.
However, what the NFL world is going to get is a Steelers vs. Packers Super Bowl.