Super Bowl XLV: 10 Reasons the Packers Will Beat the Steelers in Dallas
By now, I'm sure you've heard countless reasons why either the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers will walk out of Dallas as Super Bowl champions.
With so much lead-up and analysis, it's hard to figure out just who in fact has the most credentials pertaining to the game itself.
Well, today, my job is to decipher every matchup possible while still interpreting the statistics as shown.
What I've come up with is this: the Green Bay Packers will be Super Bowl XLV champions by the end of Sunday.
Here are 10 reasons why you should believe it, too.
Dom Capers' subjugating defense consists of four Pro-Bowlers in Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Nick Collins and Tramon Williams, all of whom have made the "big play" needed to secure a victory at some point of the season.
However, Green Bay's unsung heroes (i.e. Sam Shields, B.J. Raji, Desmond Bishop) have certainly made their mark in these playoffs.
Come Sunday, one of these hard-nosed play-makers will have the opportunity to make a difference in the outcome of the game. Which one is yet to be determined.
After abashing three of the NFL's premier franchises in successive weeks, Green Bay has become the so-called "road warriors" we've come to know over the last few seasons.
And for you nay-sayers out there (and you know who you are), the time has come to believe in momentum. If you don't believe me, just ask Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. They'll give you a great synopsis of how momentum carries over into a Super Bowl.
A mentor under Pittsburgh's Dick Lebeau, Dom Capers has become the unsung hero of the Packers' run towards Super Bowl greatness.
Take that into account with some of Title-town's most fearsome defensive playmakers (i.e. Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, Tramon Williams, B.J. Raji, Nick Collins), and you've got one heck of a mainstay.
On Sunday, expect a number of bombastic game-changing plays to propel Green Bay to victory—from none other than Capers himself.
Green Bay's version of "Rocky", Starks has launched himself towards national prominence in a matter of a few weeks.
Against Chicago's "impenetrable" front seven, Starks accelerated for 74 critical yards, all while scoring his first career NFL touchdown.
Super Bowl Sunday will be yet another example of how Green Bay's maturity as a ballclub has thrust them into the biggest stage known to mankind.
The head of success in Green Bay started with McCarthy in letting go of Brett Favre some three seasons ago.
How did that work out for Packer nation?
I'd say pretty good.
Other than that, McCarthy has instilled a balanced, highly potent offense over the past few years— beginning with play from Aaron Rodgers.
If anyone deserves the most credit for Green Bay's reappearance into the national spotlight, it's McCarthy.
One of the green and gold's most successful wide-receivers in franchise history, Donald Driver has patiently awaited his golden opportunity for over 13 grueling seasons to seize the moment by winning a Super Bowl.
This time around, he'll have a chance to do just that.
Drive has consistently showed us on a week-to-week basis how hard work and a great attitude can make all the difference between winning and losing.
If you can't cheer for Driver, there's something wrong with you.
Yet another example of how strive and a hunger to be the best can make all the difference, Green Bay's cornerback stud Charles Woodson has put forth an indisputable effort towards making it back to the promise land.
As last season's defensive player of the year, Woodson is arguably a more viable threat to the quarterback than his Super Bowl counterpart, Troy Polamalu.
Either way, there's no getting around it. Woodson has helped turn around a once lackluster Packers defense into an enthralling sporting spectacle.
When the pressure is on Ben Roethlisberger, like it will be, Woodson will have his shots.
If you haven't noticed, Green Bay's signal caller has been nothing short of astonishing in these playoffs.
Having eclipsed just short of 800 yards and six touchdowns in a three game span, Aaron Rodgers has shown us that even the most mortal of players can accomplish some of the most glorious of feats.
Not only that, but Rodgers holds the record for the highest postseason quarterback rating in NFL history (109.2), complemented by a completion percentage in the neighborhood of 75 percent.
Oh, and let's not forget about his last dome appearance: 366 yards, three touchdowns, and a 136.8 quarterback rating against a respectable Atlanta secondary.
Good luck, Polamalu.
The greatest part about losing a football game is figuring out what you did wrong and how you can improve on it the next time you square off with the same opponent.
Well, for the Packers, Sunday will be quite the testament to that statement.
Green Bay's 37-36 loss to the Steelers last season was in the least bit satisfying. However, what the Packers can take away from that matchup will help further their efforts towards returning the favor to Pittsburgh.
Dome, Sweet Dome...
This season, the Packers have thrived as the visiting team, most notably in these playoffs. And after defeating the NFC's top three teams in consecutive weeks, Green Bay has clearly chose to take the road less traveled in reaching the Super Bowl.
But when the Packers take the field Super Bowl Sunday, one thing is for certain: expect the juices to be flowing and for a complete effort from Green Bay.
Behind Aaron Rodgers, who is virtually unstoppable indoors, the Packers will have a fantastic shot at securing their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.