Super Bowl XLV: Ranking The Top Five Subplots To Watch Out For On Super Sunday

Steven RuizContributor IIFebruary 6, 2011

Super Bowl XLV: Ranking The Top Five Subplots To Watch Out For On Super Sunday

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01:  A view of Cowboys Stadium with outside before Super Bowl XLV Media Day on February 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas area was hit with winter weather late yesterday evening causing road and school closures in the area.
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    Sunday night the NFL will crown its new champion, as the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers square off in Super Bowl XLV. The game is one of the most anticipated Super Bowls in recent memory because of the number of subplots that will play out when the two teams take the field. Let’s count down the top five.

5. A Battle Of Two Historic Teams

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    DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 04:  The Vince Lombardi Trophy is displayed between a Pittsburgh Steelers helmet and a Green Bay Packers helmet during a press conference with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the Super Bowl XLV media center on February 4, 2011 in D
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    In terms of history, you can’t get better than Steelers-Packers. The two teams have combined for 1,205 wins, 40 Hall of Fame members and nine Lombardi Trophies. These teams have shared the field 32 times, with Green Bay winning 18.

    The Packers owned the 60s.

    The Steelers owned the 70s.

    Who will own 2011?

4. Mike Tomlin: Hall of Fame Coach?

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after defeating the Baltimore Ravens 31-24 in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Sha
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    Only 12 NFL head coaches have won multiple Super Bowls. Of those 12, six are in the Hall of Fame (Gibbs, Lombardi, Knoll, Shula, Landry, Walsh) and three are future members of the Hall of Fame (Parcells, Belichick, Shanahan). On Sunday, Mike Tomlin has a chance to join that list in only his fourth year. At 38, Tomlin would be the youngest head coach to win two Super Bowls.

    If a win on Sunday doesn’t put Tomlin’s name in the Hall of Fame discussion, it certainly puts him on the right track.

3. The 3-4 Defense Champions Of The World

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 20: Defensive coordinator Dom Capers of the Green Bay Packers talks with Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau prior to the game on December 20, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Karl Walter/G
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    Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers and Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau have spent a combined 63 years coaching in the NFL. Their defenses ranked first and second in points allowed this season. Both LeBeau and Capers love to bring pressure from their 3-4 defenses, as they combined for 95 sacks during the regular season. On Sunday they will go head to head.

    Who will come out on top in this battle for 3-4 supremacy?

    Not the quarterbacks, that’s for sure.

2. Big Ben Or Bradshaw?

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus
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    With a win on Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger will match Terry Bradshaw with three Super Bowl titles. If Big Ben gets three, does that put him ahead of Bradshaw in the Pittsburgh quarterback hierarchy? At only 28, I’d say yes. Especially when you consider the talent Bradshaw’s team had and how hard it is to win in today’s NFL.

    After Roethlisberger’s off-the-field troubles, Bradshaw said that the Steelers should have gotten rid of him, so you know Ben would love to get some redemption with a win on Sunday.

1. Aaron Rodgers Journey To The Top of Quarterback Mountain

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass in the second half against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Ge
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    Aaron Rodgers has gone from Brett Favre’s backup to Super Bowl starter in only three years. With a Super Bowl ring, Aaron Rodgers can go from fantasy darling to elite quarterback. After lackluster postseason performances from Brees, Brady, and Manning, could Aaron Rodgers possibly be the best quarterback in the NFL?


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