Tag:Gren Bay Packers
Posted on: February 6, 2011 10:12 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 2:22 am

Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl win

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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Posted on: February 6, 2011 8:26 pm

Super Bowl XLV halftime analysis

B. Roethlisberger throws an interception in the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

DALLAS – Through the first 25 minutes, it seemed like the Packers were going to walk out of Cowboys Stadium and Super Bowl XLV with an easy – and surprising – blowout win against the Steelers.

Considering Green Bay had only been a slight favorite and considering people had been talking about how this easily was a game that could go into overtime, this was a relatively stunning turn of events.

That, of course, is what happens when Green Bay strode to a 21-3 lead, based on Aaron Rodgers’ brilliance (11 of 16 for 137 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 134.6), a little dose of RB James Starks (seven carries for 37 yards) and a tough defense that has forced two turnovers while scoring a touchdown of its own.

But Pittsburgh has a reason to hope now – thanks to a seven-play, 77-yard drive late in the second quarter that ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to WR Hines Ward.

Now, it’s a 21-10 game, and though the Packers get the ball to open the second half, the Steelers have a little momentum.

We still might get that close game just about everybody originally expected after all.

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 8:00 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 8:46 pm

Woodson injures shoulder, won't return

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE (8:29 p.m.): OK, here's where we stand with the injuries.

Packers CB Charles Woodson has a collarbone injury, and he's out for the game.

CB Sam Shields, Woodson's backup, will return though he has a shoulder injury. Donald Driver (ankle) is supposed to return, but he wasn't on the field for the Packers first drive of the second half. FS Nick Collins returned to the locker room just before halftime to receive IV fluids.

For the Steelers, WR Emmanuel Sanders, bothered by a foot injury, is out for the game, though that loss doesn't hurt nearly as bad as the loss of Woodson.


DALLAS – Now, it’s 2-2.

The Steelers have lost two players so far today (though Flozell Adams’ shoulder injury was temporary), and after standout Packers CB Charles Woodson returned to the locker room late in the second half, Green Bay is missing a pair of players as well.

Woodson injured himself while covering Mike Wallace on a sideline route. Woodson looked good, running step-for-step with the speedy Wallace, but as he dove to try to break up the Ben Roethlisberger pass, he landed hard on his left shoulder.

The Packers had to call time out, and soon after, Woodson walked up the ramp to the locker room.

UPDATE (7:58 p.m.):
Packers S Nick Collins also has gone back to the locker room early before halftime.

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Posted on: February 6, 2011 7:37 pm

Steelers, Packers lose WRs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

DALLAS – Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders has been taken to the locker room on a cart after injuring his foot early in the second quarter, and he’s questionable to return. Meanwhile, on the other side of the field, Packers WR Donald Driver has limped to the locker room with a knee injury.

So far, Sanders is the leading receiver for Pittsburgh with two catches for 17 yards, and he’s had to limp to the sideline at least twice because of his foot. Driver has two catches for 28 yards.

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