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Both quarterbacks are in their late twenties, but one is playing in his third Super Bowl where the other will be on the big stage for the first time.
Roethlisberger may have the experience, but he hasn't played well in the Steelers' two Super Bowl wins. His passer rating in his first championship was 22.6, a record low for a winning QB in the Super Bowl.
Rodgers has played well in the playoffs, but will have to overcome newbie nerves in order to win the big one. However, I don't think butterflies will faze him.
The two are very similar in their playmaking ability because they both embody spectacular pocket skills. Defenders have trouble tackling Big Ben because of his size, 240 lbs, and pocket presence, while Rodgers can slip out of sure sack situations because of his footwork and athleticism.
Roethlisberger may not be as skilled at the position as his counterpart, but he makes big plays when necessary. Rodgers can make every throw in the game, even while on the run, and rarely throws interceptions in the red zone or at crucial moments of the game.
The Packers pass rush will get to Big Ben throughout the game from all angles, but will not always be able to bring him down. The Steelers blitz will have Rodgers running, but I believe he will be able to find his targets early enough to be able to move the ball efficiently.
Roethlisberger will have to play his best football to keep his passes out of the hands of the likes of up-and-coming Tramon Williams, rookie Sam Shields, and pro bowlers Nick Collins and Charles Woodson.
Rodgers must be aware of the lurking Troy Polamalu and his ability to close in on receivers. If he isn't he may be forced to make another touchdown saving tackle in this one.
Prediction: Aaron Rodgers 298 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Ben Roethlisberger 246 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INT