Super Bowl XLV proved to be the thriller we all hoped for as the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers found a way to take down the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers offense and surprise star Jordy Nelson were too much for the hard-hitting Steelers defense.
The question is already being talked about of a repeat next season and only time will tell if the Packers have what it takes to return to this glorious game.
After sitting behind Brett Favre on the bench, Aaron Rodgers proved to be the perfect fit in Green Bay and the franchise quarterback they hoped he would become.
For Roethlisberger, everyone knows he wants another ring, and don't count him out any season that he's still around playing.
After a whole career of waiting, 34-year-old Charles Woodson finally got what he's been waiting for, a Super Bowl victory. Unfortunately for Woodson, a broken collarbone early in the game forced him to watch his team win from the sideline.
As one of the league's top corners, Woodson finally got to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy after years of NFL service. Woodson gave a heartfelt halftime speech in the locker room to help pump up his teammates, obviously it worked.
Long-time Packer quarterbacks' go-to guy, Donald Driver has been the face of the wide receiving core in Green Bay for years. From Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers, Driver's hands have been the reliability any quarterback would love to have.
For 36-year-old Driver, this Super Bowl didn't turn out exactly the way he would have hoped. Although he did get a ring and the victory, it came while watching from the sideline as he went down in the first half with an ankle injury.
Hopefully, this isn't the last we've seen of the great Donald Driver.
With the Packers up by three late in the game, coach Mike McCarthy opted for a 23-yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth down. This field goal put the Packers up by six points, forcing the Steelers to drive all the way down the field and score a touchdown.
This field made the score 31-25 which proved to be enough to seal the deal for the Packers in the end. The Steelers had one timeout and just over two minutes at this point to score a touchdown and were unable to succeed in doing so.
Relying on anything available in the playbook at this point, Mike Tomlin decided to take one from college playbooks and go for an option on the two-point conversion attempt. After a shotgun snap to Roehtlisberger, he ran left with Atwaan Randle El following and eventually pitched it to him for the score.
This conversion proved to be important and unimportant at the same time as it closed the lead to only three late in the game, although the Steelers still were unable to come back.
After a touchdown by the Steelers, putting them back in contention at 21-10 at halftime, the Steelers needed a score to keep the game manageable at this point.
With the third quarter underway, Roethlisberger completed a long pass putting them near the endzone and in scoring range. Soon after, Rashard Mendenhall was able to sneak into the end zone on a short run bringing the score to 21-17 early in the third quarter.
This was essential for the Steelers as it kept the score in reach for them before the game got out of hand.
With the Steelers in an early hole after the first quarter down 14-0, they needed points to get back into the game. After driving down the field and getting a field goal, they needed a touchdown to seriously contend for the victory.
Down 21-3 after another Packers touchdown, the Steelers drove the field and completed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Hines Ward just before halftime, bring the score to 21-10.
With the third quarter coming to a close, the Steelers had an opportunity to cut the lead to just one with a made 52-yard field goal. Although this would have been huge, Scott Suisham missed the 52-yard attempt way wide of the uprights.
This could have been the momentum swing the Steelers needed to get back into the game, but with the miss, it made it even more difficult as it gave the Packers the ball on their own 42-yard line.
Scoring first in football is huge, but scoring first in the Super Bowl can be all it takes to hold on to the win. Aaron Rodgers was able to find Jordy Nelson early in the first for the game's first score giving the Packers a 7-0 lead.
For the Packers, this proved to be a game-changer as the Steelers were never able to come back and take the lead. Who knows how it may have played out if the Steelers had scored first.
As Roethlisberger was under pressure near his own end zone, he threw up a prayer intended for Mike Wallace that was severely under-thrown and intercepted by Nick Collins. Collins was able to return the interception 37 yards for a Packers touchdown, putting them up 14-0 early in the first quarter.
This electrifying play led to a large lead for the Packers at the end of the first quarter that proved to continue the momentum push for the Packers.
The play that led to victory.
With all the Steelers' hopes relying on a fourth-down completion with about a minute left in the game, Ben Roethlisberger attempted to complete a pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace that went incomplete, sealing the Super Bowl win for the Packers.
As soon as the ball hit the turf, the Packers players knew the Super Bowl win was theirs. For Rodgers, McCarthy and the other Packers players, this will be a game and day they will never forget.
Another Vince Lombardi Trophy for the Cheeseheads!