Super Bowl 2011: 5 Keys to Victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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Super Bowl 2011: 5 Keys to Victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers
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When the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Green Bay Packers this Sunday in their quest for a seventh Lombardi Trophy, it really will be a game to be had by either side.

The last couple Super Bowls have proven that the parity in the NFL is greater than we all thought. 

Gone are the days when the AFC seemed to have a vise grip on the NFL's championship. In 2008 the New York Giants proved that even the undefeated New England Patriots were a flawed team.

The years that followed saw the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints—perennial doormats of the NFC—representing their conference in the title game and providing us with some of the greatest story lines and games of the last decade.

Sunday's matchup will see two of the NFL's most storied franchises and devout fanbases pitted against each other. The legendary Rooney family of Pittsburgh versus the NFL's only publicly-held franchise and the ghost of Packers past—Curly Lambeau, Ray Nitschke and the great Vince Lombardi.

Along the way both franchises have won nine combined championships, with Pittsburgh maintaining the recent edge by winning two in the last five years.The Packers' last championship game appearance was in 1997 in a loss to the John Elway-led Denver Broncos.

In the Packers the Steelers will find a formidable opponent, and any chance at hoisting the Lombardi Trophy a seventh time will depend on their ability to do the following.

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