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Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers Outlast Pittsburgh Steelers in a Great Game

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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David LynnCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super excited about this game, as I didn’t have strong feelings about either team. I am not a fan of Ben Roethlisberger, so I was sort of rooting for Green Bay, but I wasn’t passionate either way. I just wanted to see a good game.

Which is exactly what it was.

Anytime a game goes down to the last minute, and a fourth down play, you have to get a little excited. The Steelers had one last chance, but Green Bay was the one that finished the way it played all season. 

The Packers faced injury problems all year, but somehow found a way to be competitive and make it into the playoffs. They did exactly what you have to do to win the Super Bowl; they peaked at the right time and rolled through the playoffs with confidence and conviction.

Even when the injury bug hit them again DURING the game, they found a way to adapt.  Despite losing three major pieces, they ran their offense well and their defense played even better. 

Aaron Rodgers played spectacularly, and were it not for what seemed like a dozen drops, would have had truly historic numbers. What ultimately mattered is that he made throws when he needed to, and led his team to the championship. There is no official belt that goes with this championship, but apparently someone found one for the Super Bowl MVP.

There is no reason for people to continue to compare him to Brett Favre, though they inevitably will. Rodgers hs established himself as an elite quarterback, and he deserves all the credit in the world.

Not to be outdone, the defense forced three critical turnovers that led to 21 of its points. Clay Matthews played like the animal that he is, and really made the game-changing play when he forced that fumble near the end. 

The defense rarely gets the credit it deserves, as its numbers are almost never gaudy, but this defense won this game. The lack of publicity may also come from the fact that the defense must play as a complete unit to be successful, so it is rare that one individual’s effort will ever get much notice.

Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers and their fourth Super Bowl title. The Vince Lombardi trophy is on its way home, and with this team as young as it is, it may stay there for a little while.

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