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Super Bowl XLV: Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Updated on February 16, 2011

The Big Game

This 2010-2011 NFL season has brought with it all sorts of unexpected story lines. Many teams disappointed their fans by not living up to preseason expectations, while others managed to climb to the top in the face of football adversity. Finally, after a historic playoffs comes to a close, the speculation is over. The Green Bay Packers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 6th at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a contest of iconic football franchise domination. The significance of these two teams playing may not be particularly obvious to the passive NFL fan. But for those of us who love the game of football and follow it closely, this is one very exciting championship match-up. These two "blue collar" teams demonstrate that defense has emerged as the renewed standard of excellence, and that consistent quarterbacking is as important as it ever has been. The match up definitely stands to be an exciting, hard-hitting, defensive football game that will likely come down to a matter of a field goal as time expires. Or who knows, maybe we will finally get a glimpse of those new NFL playoff overtime rules? I can only hope...

What teams made it to Super Bowl XLV?

What city will Super Bowl XLV be played in?

How They Got There

Green Bay Packers

The Packers road to the Super Bowl was not an easy one by any means. Their leader, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in his 3rd year as a starter, demonstrated the standard of consistency and the definition of mental toughness throughout the 2010-2011 season. He led the Packers to a 10-6 record, winning the NFC wild-card spot in the playoffs. Once in the post season, Green Bay went on a historical run, demolishing three higher seeds, each game being on the road and in adverse conditions. The fact that the Packers made it to the super bowl is a testament to their great coach, Mike McCarthy. He found a way to keep players healthy and playing together, even in the midst of a mid-season concussion related injury to their on-field captain Aaron Rodgers. He and others in Packers management can also be credited with assembling an amazing defense that has become known for its hard-hitting play and tendency to score off of turnovers. Frankly, saying that the Packers are coming into the championship game on a roll would be an understatement. They have defied all odds and managed to come together more and more with each game they play. It will be interesting to see how they respond to Pittsburgh's dangerously explosive defense. Considering how they have responded already during these playoffs, I would expect nothing less of Green Bay and their coach than to start firing right out of the gate, utilizing their ultra-consistent quarterback and their top-of-the-line receiving corps to burn the Steelers deep.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers road to Super Bowl XLV was made possible by its traditional approach to hard-hitting, smash-mouth, run-you-over football. Even when their quarterback, "Big Ben" Rothlisberger started the season with a 4 game suspension, the team quickly adjusted its focus on the run game. This strategy was very effective and it gave Pittsburgh the edge on opponents especially towards the end of the season when Big Ben began playing his best. The Steelers accumulated a 12-4 record on their way to becoming AFC North champions and defeating the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Jets in the 2nd and 3rd round of the playoffs. Watching both playoff games, you could tell that Pittsburgh would not be denied their chance at appearing in their 3rd super bowl in a matter of 6 years. They routinely imposed their will on other teams, often gaining the upper hand by landing hard hits and controlling the pace of the game by smashing the ball up the middle with their running game. The only thing more impressive than their defense was Big Ben's ability to stay calm under pressure and convert important plays in critical situations. And although it is Pittsburgh's defense and tenacity that got them to another super bowl, you can be sure that going into the game their biggest asset is their unshakable, experienced, rock of a quarterback. Whether you like him or not, Big Ben knows how to win football games.

Who will win Super Bowl XLV?

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The Pre-Game Match Up

Whether you are a die-hard fan, rooting for your favorite blue-blooded American football team, or if you are just watching for the clever commercials, super bowl 45 is shaping up to be a great viewing experience. The combination of hard-hitting defense and a high level of quarterback play should give us an exceptional game of football. Both of these teams seem to be on exceptional streaks coming into the big game. The overall deciding factor will likely be their ability to control the tempo of the game and retain possession of the football. The team that can most successfully stick to their game plan and refrain from making crucial mistakes will likely win, but it is hard to say which team will rise considering that they both undeniably have earned the right to play in the big game. I am looking forward to watching, as I hope you all are. Happy Super Bowl Season everyone!

Super Bowl XLV Commecials

The Outcome

After the dust settled at Dallas Cowboy Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, the Green Bay Packers were left standing with the Lombardi Trophy held high over their heads. Young quarterback Aaron Rodgers led his team to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and was awarded the games MVP award for his outstanding performance. Super Bowl XLV set the record for the most television viewers in American history, and Cowboy Stadium set the record for most tickets sold to the game (although they fell short of securing the attendance record because of a temporary seating issue).

The 2011 Super Bowl was a game that will not soon be forgotten. This years celebration set a new standard for the tradition of the Super Bowl which will continue to grow in the United States and hopefully throughout the world.

Super Bowl XLV Memorabilia


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      7 years ago

      well Iam happy since my cousins are Packers fans and yes can't deny how well Aaron Rodgers played in the playoffs and they proved that you can win at the no#6 seed which other teams have tried but like their predasasers who won the first two superbowls now they became the first no#6 seed to when the superbowl well it's been a great season and a great superbowl and the Packers wowed everyone who loves football have showed everyone the team from the small town that proved again they are the team of the century eventhough they have two less victories then Pittsburgh but have wowed everyone and now the proved you can win on the road like the Raiders did in 1980 just remember the teams who win on the road are the ones who face great advertesy to win it all it shows how interesting and exciting Football is and can't wait till Football is back in 6 months and to find out who will be the story of the 2011 season if there is a season without a lockout.

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      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks patlesaux! I still can't believe I won a HubNugget award!

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      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hubnugget, great work, nice hub.

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      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for the comments ripplemaker and Denise! I'm really glad you enjoyed reading my Hub and I'm looking forward to writing more interesting ones!

      And to everyone, thanks for the votes!

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      Denise Handlon 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Well written. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. Good luck to you.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I miss out on all the excitement with super bowl since I live oceans away! But to all the Super Bowl fans, go, go, go!

      And hey, congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. It certainly found its way in the Hubnuggets Fairy Tale! Please see for yourself. Don't forget to vote and share the excitement!

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      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for the comment ladyjane1!

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      7 years ago from Texas

      Nice job, very well written. Cheers.

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      7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      It is going to be a great game, and I have to agree, Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay are coming in on an impressive run. I really hope that they dominate Pittsburgh from start to finish. Thanks

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      7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Being a packers fan I have t say that were going to win it all, yea the steelers have a great defense, but aaron rodgers is on fire, and our defense is playing the best they have all year. Either it will be one hell of a game to watch , and one of the bbest super bowls in recent years.

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      Don Simkovich 

      7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Being a Steelers fan, I have to say the Packers can't win the Super Bowl because the Pack is a Wild Card team and as we know, wild card teams don't win Super Bowls ... oh, yeah, the Steelers did it once. I often think of New England's perfect season that ended in a Super Bowl loss. Should be a great match-up and both franchises will benefit a lot from the history and quality of their teams in the match-up. They'll sell a lot of jerseys this year.

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      7 years ago

      Going to be a great superbowl for defense!


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