Super Bowl 2011: The Big Game Between the Packers and Steelers For Dummies
The Super Bowl is only days away and for NFL fans across the country they cannot wait for this game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
But for the majority of people that watch, this will be one of the few, if not the only football game they watch this year.
A lot of people can't name anymore than one or two players on each team, and this guide is for you.
I love and live for the game so I will pay attention to the actual game, but I know for the majority of fans that this just isn't the case.
In this slide show I will introduce you to the teams, explain the history, the spectacle and the entertainment that will take place both before and during this game.
Over 100 million people will watch this game, and it is important for you to gain an understanding of this game so that you don't look bad in front of your friends. Hopefully there will be some nugget in here that you can use to impress your friends.
You have seen it on the bookshelves for other subjects, but here is Super Bowl XLV for Dummies
Who? Pittsburgh Steelers
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Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
2010 Record: 12-4
Star Players: QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Hines Ward, RB Rashard Mendenhall, OLB James Harrison and SS Troy Polamalu
Overview: The Pittsburgh Steelers are the AFC representative for Super Bowl XLV.
They finished the 2010 season with a 12-4 record, won the AFC North and finished with the second seed in the AFC.
The Steelers are led by QB Ben Roethlisberger and they are going for their third Super Bowl ring in six years and their seventh Lombardi Trophy.
On the defensive side of the ball they are led by Troy Polamalu and James Harrison and if you want to get technical they run the 3-4 defensive scheme.
The Steelers reached the Super Bowl by defeating the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets in the AFC playoffs.
Who? Green Bay Packers
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Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
2010 Record: 10-6
Star Players: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Greg Jennings, OLB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson
Overview: The Green Bay Packers are playing the best football in the NFL coming into this game and they have been for the last couple weeks.
There team is led by star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and they have had to deal with a plethora of injuries in the 2010 season.
They finished the regular season with a 10-6 record and finished second in the NFC North behind the Chicago Bears. They entered the 2011 postseason as the number six seed and they were the last NFC team in the playoffs.
In the playoffs they have won three straight games on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears.
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The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers have two of the most storied franchises in the NFL.
The Steelers come in having won six Super Bowl Championships which is the most of any NFL team. Their last championship came in 2008.
If they win this game they will have won their third championship in six years and their seventh overall.
The Packers have won three Super Bowl Championships to date, their last being in 1996.
The actual trophy itself is named after former Packers head coach Vince Lombardi who led the Packers to the first two Super Bowl Championships in 1966 and 1967.
Regardless of who wins this game, the champion will be able to write another chapter in their storied football history.
Where? Dallas, Texas
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The Game will take place on Sunday, February 6, in Dallas, Texas.
It will be played in the brand new $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium built by Jerry Jones and it has earned the nickname Jerry World.
Of the impressive features, the video board that stretches from 20-yard line to 20-yard line stands out the most.
The stadium has a retractable roof and the roof will be closed Super Bowl Sunday.
The game is estimated to draw around 105,000 spectators in the stadium, an NFL record.
The Super Bowl is much more than the game itself, it is an event and Dallas is the host.
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The game will be televised nationally on FOX come Sunday, February 6.
Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling the game for FOX. Mike Pereira will join Aikman and Buck in the booth to comment on instant replay reviews.
The sideline reporters will be Chris Meyers and Pam Oliver.
The pregame show will include the regular FOX cast of host Curt Menefee and analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson.
The pregame will air at 2:00 p.m. and the game is scheduled to kick off at 6:29 p.m.
The Spectacle That Is the Super Bowl
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The Super Bowl is a spectacle unlike any other sporting event.
The hype, pregame, tickets prices, media attention, commercials, food and the celebrities are just grand.
The Super Bowl is much more than just a game, it is an event, and it is a grand spectacle showcasing the great game of football.
Thousands and thousands of fans will be at the game in Dallas, and millions and millions of people will be watching on TV.
For a more-indepth look at the spectacle that is the Super Bowl, read here.
For some people this is the best part, the commercials.
Companies spend millions of dollars and countless hours thinking up the best Super Bowl commercial for their product.
The Super Bowl will be watched by over 100 million viewers so you will have a grand audience.
Come Monday morning "Super Bowl Ads" will be the most searched item on the Internet.
For a look at the best of the 2010 commercials, watch the video on the left.
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The Super Bowl is a game bigger than the game of football. The entertainment for the Super Bowl is first class.
The Black Eyed Peas will play at halftime of Super Bowl XLV and I gotta feeling it's gonna be a good night.
Christina Aguilera will be singing the national anthem.
Keith Urban is also set to perform during the pregame show that will air on FOX.
Keys For The Game
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Those were all the intangibles, now how about some things that you can use to impress your friends when you talk about and watch the game.
The Steelers and Packers are both led by great quarterbacks that shouldn't make mistakes.
However, this game will come down to the teams ability to run the ball. The Steelers have a very good defense and they have the best rushing defense in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game.
The Packers have struggled throughout the year running the ball, but they have come out strong in the last couple games.
For the Steelers to win they will need a heavy dose of Rashard Mendenhall and they need Roethlisberger to make plays.
The Packers still could win the game even without success running the ball, and to do that they will need to rely on the arm of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has shown that he is capable of doing this.
In the end this game will come down to execution and mistakes. Whoever executes better and makes fewer mistakes will win this game. The Packers could very well win this game, but...
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...The Steelers will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Pittsburgh.
Ben Roethliberger, Rashard Mendenhall and Hines Ward will all be too much for the Green Bay Packers.
It will be a great game, and it will come down to the final couple minutes of the game, but the Steelers will emerge victorious.
A late-minute scoring play or turnover will seal the game, and I think that play will be made by Ben Roethlisberger and this Pittsburgh Steelers team.
Final Score: Steelers 24, Packers 23
Who do you think will win the game?