Super Bowl 2011: Aaron Rodgers' Receivers Are Key to Green Bay Packers' Success

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2011

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 28: Wide receiver Greg Jennings #85 and quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers  warm up before play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Aaron Rodgers has without a doubt been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL over the course of the last several seasons, and he will now lead his team into Super Bowl XLV with undoubtedly the best wide receiving corps that he has ever played with.

Rodgers has passed for nearly 5,000 yards this season on his way to throwing 32 touchdown passes and carrying the Packers to a ninth overall rating in passing statistics.

Greg Jennings will undoubtedly be Rodgers' favorite target at the wide receiver position, as the five-year veteran roped in 76 balls for a total of 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season.

Over the postseason, Jennings has yet to catch a touchdown pass, but he leads all Packer receivers with 239 yards and 17 catches.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ike Taylor will more than likely be responsible for keeping close to Jennings, as Taylor has some help over the top from linebacker LaMarr Woodley and safety Troy Polamalu.

Polamalu's only career game against the Green Bay Packers was all the way back in 2005, as he recorded five tackles and scored a defensive touchdown in a 20-10 Steelers victory.

To much surprise, Jordy Nelson has been just as important as Jennings through the Packers' Super Bowl run this postseason.

Nelson and veteran wideout Donald Driver are tied for second on the team with 12 receptions during the postseason, although Nelson did have a touchdown reception in the Packers' 48-21 rout of the Atlanta Falcons during the Divisional Playoffs.

James Jones is also worthy of mention, as he has caught two touchdowns from Rodgers (one against the Philadelphia Eagles and one against the Atlanta Falcons) and is utilized mostly in the slot position on longer Packer drives.

With all of the available options that Rodgers has available to him, it is easy to see how he has played arguably one of his best seasons in his career.

The key to the Packer offense's success will be relying on their passing attack, as the team was ranked 24th in the league in rushing offense. Packer fans can only hope their quarterback and the rest of his teammates realize that passing against the Steelers may not be an easy task.

The Pittsburgh Steelers defense ranked No. 12 in passing defense throughout the 2010 regular season and also had the best points against average in the entire NFL at 14.5 points per game.