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Sorry. I know you were expecting some sort of wild analysis on the long-snapper or shifting the blocking scheme to fit the defense for the fifth key. But how much more crucial can something be than Aaron Rodgers in this game?
Normally, a good run game will make a QB even better against a defense. This has been exemplified so far in the Playoffs, as rookie RB James Starks is the leading rusher in the postseason. But against Pittsburgh?
Sorry, better luck next time. The Steelers boast the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL. James Starks, meet Casey Hampton, James Farrior, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. I’d give him 50 yards at best in this game.
So this will make Rodgers even more important. Not that he’ll have to everything by himself, but his play will be one of the top deciding factors in who hosts the Lombardi Trophy.
Bad news for Pittsburgh: Rodgers is statistically the best quarterback in the league in a dome. He passed for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns and zero interceptions in three games this season in a dome (excluding the game at Detroit’s Ford Field when he left in the second quarter with a concussion). The Packers will gladly take their star QB’s chances in a dome for Super Bowl XLV against an exploitable Pittsburgh secondary.