There are times when words are hard to come by. There are times where emotion simply cannot be expressed properly on a page.
For the Green Bay Packers, their fans and myself, this is one of those times.
When I started writing about sports, I made a loose promise to myself: I told myself that I would (try) to abandon the idea of being a fan and simply write an objective view or reflection of the game at hand.
I promised to try and stay away from cliches and hyperbole, and let the game speak for itself.
Today, I am breaking that promise. I couldn't help it, really. During the game I found myself in the same position I was as a young boy in '96—minus the Reggie White Jersey—frantically riding the roller coaster of emotions, watching my mother running around the house like a maniac and soaking up an experience as a fan that simply cannot be equaled.
So, if it sounds like I'm a fawning child at any point during this article, it's because I am.
It wasn't a pretty game, and Pittsburgh held in until the very end, but at the end of the day it wasn't enough. Turnovers were devastating for the Steelers, as was a missed 52-yard field goal attempt.
Both offenses struggled at times, and nerves undoubtedly had a big factor in tonight's game. Although the offense did get into a good rhythm at points, it was the defense that once again stood tall when it counted the most.
In a way—as it has been exhaustively pointed out—it was a reflection of the entire season. At times, the Packers looked excellent; at other times, they made you want to cry.
Through it all, they kept fighting and ended up doing just enough to win this game.
For Rodgers, it was exactly the game he needed to cement his career. His performance ranked up there with the best in Super Bowl history and deservedly earned him the MVP title—along with a real-life championship belt.
For players like Driver and Woodson, it is the capstone of what has been a fantastic life in football. Of course, they weren't the only ones who contributed to the championship.
In fact, when the season began, did you honestly think you would be cheering for people like Frank Zombo, James Jones or Jordy Nelson? How about Sam Shields? It's that kind of mentality that made this team so great.
Green Bay's best teams have always been star-studded, but not in the flashy, prime time friendly sort of way. The town—and the team—have always lived by a more work-a-day, get business done sort of way.
It is a team and a town that never quits.
So how do you sum up a season like this? I think LB A.J. Hawk said it best in a post-game interview:
"We made one more play than they did."