Nick Collins interception for a touchdown has to be the highlight of the first half of what has been an exciting Super Bowl so far. With 3:34 to go in the first quarter and the Steelers training 7-0 already, Roethlisberger threw an errant pass that Nick Collins intercepted at the Pittsburgh 37.
Pittsburgh had first and 10 on their own seven, and Big Ben dropped back into his own end zone/ With defenders running at him and not wanting to give up a safety, Roethlisberger pump faked and then threw a pass towards Mike Wallace. Nick Collins made a great catch at the 37 and took off running.
First, he faked out running back Rashard Mendenhall, who slipped, and then he ran right for the end zone. With three players in front of the end zone, Collins leaped for it and landed in for the score. This put the Packers up 14-0. Not only was it one of the most exciting plays of the Super Bowl in the past decade, but it was also one of the most game changing plays of the first half of what has so far been a good Super Bowl.
The Steelers made a comeback with a field goal and Big Ben's touchdown strike to Hines Ward right before halftime made the game interesting. Big Ben isn't having a great game. He has 143 yards for 1TD and two INT's. He has done well rushing in the first half, as he has 25 yards on three carries, but he has struggled mightily outside of that. He had a bandaged up right ankle to start the game and his knee seemed to bother him after many hard hits in the first half. He battled through a light shoulder injury and seems to be doing OK health-wise now.
There has only been one sack in the first half of this clash, as the Steelers defense has been able to keep Clay Matthews, the runner up in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, in check. The Steelers have four penalties so far and are only one of two in the redzone. Randle El had 50 yards in the first half.
For the Packers, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson have both had touchdowns in the first half. Rodgers is 11/16 for 136 yards and two TD's. One minor concern is that Charles Woodson, last year's defensive player of the year, is out injured to start the second half. That will definitely be a difference maker as he will most likely not be returning at all.
The Black Eyed peas played a decent halftime show, with guest appearances by Usher and Slash.
Rashard Mendenhall's touchdown with 10:19 to go in the first quarter cut the lead to 21-17. The drive was five plays for 50 yards and lasted only 2:20. Mendenhall finished it with an eight-yard run.
The Steelers will try to make a comeback in the second half as it promises to be an interesting ending to Super Bowl XLV.