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Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:12 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 2:22 am
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

DALLAS – The Super Bowl experience of the Steelers didn’t matter a bit to the Packers. Neither did Ben Roethlisberger’s toughness, the Pittsburgh defense’s resolve or Brett Keisel’s beard.

Green Bay wasn’t fazed by its youth, its receivers’ inability to make relatively easy catches, or the fact EVERYBODY seemed to pick the Packers to win this game (usually meaning the Steelers would run right over Green Bay). Hell, Green Bay wasn’t even fazed by the furious comeback(s) by Pittsburgh after the Packers took an 18-point lead in the second quarter.

None of it mattered.

Not when Aaron Rodgers, playing in the biggest game of his life, refused to be intimidated by a Steelers offense that never stopped scoring points and narrowing the lead he had built in the first half. Not when he led Green Bay to a 31-25 win.



The biggest drive in the biggest game of his life came after the Steelers cut the lead to 28-25 with 7:34 to play. He was sacked on first down, and on third down, LG Daryn Colledge was called for a false start penalty to make it third and 10. Rodgers’ response: a 31-yard laser to Greg Jennings for the first down to keep the clock running.

Later in the drive, he hit James Jones for a 21-yard pass, and the Packers eventually kicked the field goal. It wasn’t exactly what Rodgers (who finished 24 of 39 for 304 yards and three touchdowns) wanted, but it gave Green Bay some breathing room. Which, it turned out, was all they needed.

Despite an iffy second half on offense and despite the fact the Packers defense clearly was impacted by the loss of CB Charles Woodson, who suffered a shoulder injury in the first half, Green Bay managed to win its first Super Bowl since the 1996 season, returning the Lombardi Trophy to the town that Lombardi put on the map.

After grabbing a 21-3 lead in the second quarter following a Jordy Nelson touchdown catch, a Nick Collins 37-yard interception return and a Jennings touchdown pass, the Packers seemed in control of the game. No, it didn’t just seem like it. The Packers WERE in control of the game.

But the Steelers made an important score late in the second quarter when WR Hines Ward caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to cut the lead to 11 before halftime.

Despite an extra-long halftime – an intermission show, mind you, that not even Slash could save – Green Bay couldn’t retake the game’s momentum.

The Steelers forced Green Bay to punt on the first drive of the second half, and five plays later, Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall completed the five-play, 50-yard drive with an eight-yard scoring run. The fact Green Bay didn’t gain a first down in the third quarter and the fact the Packers receivers couldn’t handle Rodgers’ passes didn’t bode well going into the last 15 minutes.

Until the beginning of the fourth quarter, that is, when Clay Matthews and Ryan Pickett forced a fumble from Mendenhall to take possession at the Packers 45-yard line. And despite another terrible drop from Nelson, he redeemed himself with a 38-yard catch on a third down to keep the drive going.

After a Rodgers sack, he found Jennings, who had dominated Troy Polamalu on the route, in the corner of the end zone for the eight-yard score and the 11-point lead.

Rodgers, entering the postseason, had never won a playoff game. Now he’s won a Super Bowl. He might not be the best quarterback in the league. But he’s pretty damn close. And now he’s an NFL champion.

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Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

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Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

This game would of been over at half if Woodson and Shields don't go down. 

Blackeyed Peas are a joke.  Women love to dance to them because their lyrics are comprised of the same 15 words repeated for 3 and a half minutes.  Dr. Suess put to techno would look like the Beatles vs their crap.  It was nice they added talent with Slash making an appearance, but Fergie f'd it up by trying to sing.  I think we found a band with worse hearing than The Who.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:37 am
 

Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

If you have a son who wants to play football and he's not a thug or a dummy send him to Cal and Tedford - Rodgers had over 1300 SATS and won this year despite a horrible running team and receivers who often screwed up - running the wrong patterns and of course dropping easy balls. Randle - El was a great highlight for Pitt - he probably should have played QB instead of Ben, He was a QB at Ind



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:23 am
 

Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

I have to disagree here. On the play where Crabtree doesn't break in the clear freely down on the 3 or 4 Favre would have thrown the pass anyway and possibly a pick. Rodgers ate the ball, took the sack and lived to pass for a TD on the next play I believe. I don't believe Favre would have won this game, just given us his 'aww shucks, these games are so hard' routine. However, I do want Brett to come back to the reservation. Come back as one of the former Packers giving this team its due. C'mon home Brett, there's no netter time to let the healing begin than right now! And as a team owner, I can make that offer, you're still part of the family Brett, if you want to be.



Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:53 am
 

Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

Favre did not bicker.  He was a very easygoing guy.  He did not complain until the end when he wanted TT to give the team some help like Moss and some lineman.  As far as the media attention that is the media itself creating it. This is 3 yrs removed from Favre and the media still can't stop talking about him. It was always the right decision to move on from Favre.  But that being said even if the Pack had kept Favre for another year, Rodgers would still be the QB in GB, so that is a moot point.   TT built a good team around Rodgers.  Remember Rodger's first year the Pack was 6 and 10 and were able to pick up Raji and Matthews as a result.  The defense and getting Dom Capers takes as much credit for their success as Rodgers does.  He has the best and deepest WR set in the league.  And Favre could have just as easily taken them back to the SB as well in the two previous yrs if he still had been there.  Rodgers is a good QB but he also has a good team around him. 



Since: Oct 2, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:36 am
 

Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

Sorry but Favre never bickered and he really never complained until the last year when he asked for Randy Moss and some lineman.  Favre was a very easy going guy.  As far as the limelight that was the media creating that.  That being said Letting Favre go was always the right decision.  But even if they had kept Favre for another year.  Rodgers would still be the QB today.  So that is a moot point.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:50 pm
 

HALFTIME SHOW

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