Super Bowl 2011: Two Teams Deep In History

Walker DanielsCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2011

Ben Roethlisberger
Ben RoethlisbergerRonald Martinez/Getty Images

Sports betting enthusiasts know that a team’s history is not always a good indicator of how it will perform in the big game.

But Super Bowl XLV betting this year includes some patterns and historical information that can be hard to ignore.

As the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers get ready to take the field at Cowboys Stadium, the NFL scores these teams have posted in past big games may come into play in this one.

Let’s take a look at the Super Bowl history of each team and see if it has any bearing on the NFL predictions being made.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the single most successful Super Bowl team in the history of the NFL.

With this appearance in Super Bowl XLV, the Steelers now tie the Dallas Cowboys for most Super Bowl appearances in history with eight.

The Steelers have the best record in the Super Bowl at 6-1, which means Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowls than any other team in the league. Ironically enough, the Steelers only loss in the Super Bowl was to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX.

The Steelers first Super Bowl appearance was in Super Bowl IX, and this is the third time the Steelers have made the Super Bowl since 2005.

Ben Roethlisberger became the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl when he piloted the Steelers to a win in Super Bowl XL when he was only 23 years old. He has the chance to be one of the few three-time Super Bowl champion quarterbacks to win their third Super Bowl before the age of 30.

Head coach Mike Tomlin became the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl when he guided the Steelers to a win in Super Bowl XLIII. Tomlin could be one of the few NFL head coaches to win his second Super Bowl before reaching the age of 40.


Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. The play of the Packers in the 1960’s was so iconic that the Super Bowl trophy now bears the name of the Packers head coach from that era: Vince Lombardi.

The Packers have been to four Super Bowls and have only lost one. The Packers made back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 1996 and 1997 when they played Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXII with Brett Favre at quarterback.

Aaron Rodgers was the back-up to Brett Favre in 2005 before taking over the starting job in 2008.

Just like Vince Lombardi before him, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy never played in the NFL. Mike Holmgren, the other Packers coach to take the team to the Super Bowl, was drafted in the 1970 NFL draft, but never wound up on a regular season roster. That means that none of the Packers Super Bowl head coaches ever played a regular season game in the NFL.

Mike Tomlin is the first Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl head coach to never play a down in the NFL.