ARLINGTON TX - FEBRUARY 06: Aaron Rodgers #12 and Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers of the Green Bay Packers holds the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6 2011 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers have won their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in a very entertaining game.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP, throwing for over 304 yards and three touchdowns.
Turnovers and injuries were very much part of this game’s story. Multiple Packers players, such as star corner Charles Woodson and safety Nick Collins, were knocked from the game with injuries. But, as has been the theme for the Packers this year, the team’s depth and resilience were enough to defeat a tough Steelers team.
We Colts fans often talk about 'next man up' when we discuss how the team handles injuries. Our team doesn't define that saying anymore. Green Bay does. To win a Super Bowl like that, with all those injuries IN THE GAME to go with the 15 players they had on IR entering the game... unbelievable.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tossed two touchdown passes, but his two interceptions cost the Steelers, in particular his second quarter INT for a touchdown, courtesy of Nick Collins (before Collins was knocked from the game).
Yet, somehow, I'm sure the normal excuse-makers will give ole Ben the pass he always seems to get. Peyton Manning threw a pick six in the Super Bowl last year, and everyone called him a 'choker.' Ben Roethlisberger does it, and the reaction is ho-hum. I wonder what fresh bucket of water Jason 'Ben-Is-Better-Than-Peyton' Cole will carry tomorrow for the Roethlisberger clan when discussing that pick six.
The Steelers finished with three turnovers (two picks, one lost fumble). The Packers had none.
The win is Green Bay’s first Super Bowl since 1997, when a then-brown-haired quarterback named Brett Favre was tossing touchdowns for the Pack. Now, the Packers can add Rodgers into the same category as Favre and Bart Starr in terms of Super Bowl winning quarterbacks.
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