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This week’s game figures to be Ben’s toughest Super Bowl opponent yet. The Green Bay Packers are coming in as the sixth seed out of the NFC, but don’t let that fool you. They’ve won their last five games going back to the regular season. Their last two losses came with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers out with a concussion.
The Packers bring the No. 5 ranked defense against the pass, led by breakout linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews had a superb year, tallying 13.5 sacks and being the driving force behind the entire Packers defense. He also finished second in the AP’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting, coming up two votes short of winner Troy Polamalu.
The Steelers are largely considered favorites to win the game (though not according to Las Vegas odds makers). With having so much of their roster still there from five seasons ago, this team has been here before; twice, in fact. They bring the second best overall defense and the stingiest run defense from the regular season.
Ben Roethlisberger himself is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro. His 3,200 passing yards rank as his fourth highest total of his career and he missed the first four games of the season.