Super Bowl XLV goes green

This NFL season has not been short of surprises, after the two number one teams expected to go to the Super Bowl XLV got knocked out of the Playoffs, as the wild card of the NFC and the number two seed of the AFC go head to head. Both football teams have faced the absence of their star players, such as Aaron Rodgers’ concussion and Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension for the first four games of the season. 

Green Bay squeezed their way to the playoffs to face the second seed of the AFC. After the last games of the Playoffs, the Packers beat the rival Bears 21-14, and the Steelers knocked out the Jets 24-19.

For some, it was assumed that the Steelers would win the Super Bowl. The Steelers have been to the Super Bowl before, and have won, which gives them the advantage of experience.

However, the Packers have revealed to be great under pressure. The Packers, named after Acme packing, and the Steelers, named after the steel mills, have large and proud franchises. The two have been around since the original NFL.

The last time the two teams played each other in 2009, the Steelers were successful in beating the Packers. The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers do not have an extensive history together considering they are in two different conferences.

The Green Bay front line needed to be concerned about bringing down the large and experienced Pittsburgh quarterback, Roethlisberger. Meanwhile, the Steelers needed to worry about the talented Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.

Both teams have strong defenses in the NFL, but compared with the Packers, Pittsburgh comes out on top with the number one defense with the least amount of points given up.

Roethlisberger was aiming to be one of the few, including Tom Brady, to win three Super Bowls within a decade, while, Green Bay was playing for the Vince Lombardi trophy, named after the original Packers coach, who also won the first Super Bowl. In order to win, both teams needed to put out the “A-game” as well as pay attention to their opposing team’s best strategies.

After considerable troubles with the Dallas Stadium, there was no trouble filling the seats for about 90 to 100 thousand attendees. The beginning of the game started out slow with no scoring. Green Bay achieved their first interception, which was topped with their first touchdown completed on the third down by wide-receiver Jordy Nelson. 

Steelers were able to gain their first points on a field goal in the second quarter. Green Bay’s wide-receiver Greg Jennings was able to achieve two touchdowns while Donald Driver was out of the remainder of the game due to an ankle injury. The Steelers scored their last points with Mike Wallace completing a touchdown and a successful two point conversion by Antwaan Randle El. With less than a minute to go, Clay Matthews caused Rashard Mendenhall’s fumble and the Packers got the turnover and later the Lombardi Trophy, which Roger Staubach handed off to Coach Mike McCarthy.

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