Aaron Rodgers Leads Green Bay Packers to Super Bowl XLV Victory

Joe WillettSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - FEBRUARY 08: Green Bay Packers wide receivers Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson address the fans during the Packers victory ceremony at Lambeau Field on February 8, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images)
Matt Ludtke/Getty Images

(This article is coming out so late because I am also doing it for a Communications class at my University.  If editors could be very careful when editing and also work on the format and order of the story it would be a very big help to me.)

The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 last Sunday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to victory, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns on 24 of 39 attempts, winning the Super Bowl MVP in the process.

Packers wide receiver Donald Driver said, "You can stop it now. Aaron's proved that he's one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in this game today."

Rodgers' main target throughout the game was Jordy Nelson, who caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Star wide receiver Greg Jennings also caught four passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

"Wow! It's a great day to be great, baby," said Jennings after the game.

The Packers were able to defeat the Steelers despite any semblance of a running game.  They only ran the ball 13 times for 50 yards, while the Steelers rushed 23 times for 126 yards. 

The Packers, however, relied on mistake-free football while the Steelers ended the game with three turnovers, one of which was a Nick Collins interception return for a touchdown that gave the Packers a 14-0 lead.

"I feel like I let the city of Pittsburgh down, the fans, my coaches and my teammates and it's not a good feeling," said an emotional Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 263 yards but two interceptions in the loss.

The Steelers' vaunted defense wasn't able to contain a passing attack that saw Aaron Rodgers have one of the greatest performances in Super Bowl history.

The Packers were also able to neutralize stars Troy Polamalu and James Harrison, who combined for just four tackles and one sack. Polamalu also made a mistake in allowing a touchdown to Greg Jennings, as he turned the wrong way and left Jennings wide open in the end zone, giving the Packers a 21-3 lead.

"I had some opportunities to make some plays," Polamalu said. "I was just off a step here or there."

Not everybody who attended the Super Bowl left happy, however, as 400 fans ended up displaced and had to watch the game on a monitor outside of the stadium. The NFL has offered those fans two choices to make up for their mistake: Either $2,400 and tickets to next year's Super Bowl in Indianapolis, or tickets to one Super Bowl of their choice with travel and lodging free.

"The commissioner thought it was the right thing to do to give those fans more options," said NFL Spokesman Greg Aiello.

This was the Packers' first Super Bowl appearance in 13 years, but coach Mike McCarthy had a feeling that the Packers had the win locked up, even fitting his players for their Super Bowl rings the Saturday night before the game.

Packers defensive back Charles Woodson said, "That was just a vote of confidence for us. Get fitted for your ring. I don't know when we'll get them, but it'll fit."