Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Recap

The Packers flexed their muscles on both sides of the ball and put the Steelers away
Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers on their 4th Super Bowl title and 13th overall NFL Championship! And welcome to the exclusive "We beat the Steelers in the Super Bowl" Club, featuring the Dallas Cowboys as the charter (and only other) member. As was their theme the whole season, Green Bay overcame key injuries to come out on top with a lot of heart.

As I predicted, Aaron Rodgers and his WRs had their way with Pittsburgh's secondary. The Steelers couldn't play man, and when they tried to play zone, Rodgers picked them apart like a picky eater dissects his dinner plate. Jordy Nelson, who made some key plays stepping in for Donald Driver, could have had the game of the decade if it wasn't for his skillet hands. For every catch he made, he dropped at least two that Rodgers placed right in his hands. And how about that Packers O-line? They neutralized and controlled the line of scrimmage, which was an overlooked key to the game. James Harrison's name was probably only mentioned once outside of introducing Pittsburgh's starters.

As far as the Packers defense goes, pressure was the word of the day. Where the Packers excelled, the Steelers' line was relatively inept, as Green Bay pounded Big Ben early and often and slowed Pittsburgh's powerful running game. Pittsburgh's lack of depth at RB was also apparent. For the first half, Charles Woodson was clutch, and after his injury I personally was worried about the Steelers then being able to stretch the field with Mike Wallace, which they did. I was almost certain that when Green Bay elected to settle for a FG with 2:00 left, they had thrown away their victory. Few QBs are as inexplicably dangerous in the game's final 2:00 than Roethlisberger. But all credit must go to the Packers defense. Once again, they made a stop when necessary to preserve the victory and beat the freaking Steelers.

Aaron Rodgers was every bit deserving of the MVP. His 304 yards and 3 TDs where nothing short of essential. You can bet that he will never have to hear the words "Brett Favre" again. The future remains very bright for Aaron Rodgers.

Quite frankly the Packers should have won by more if it weren't for boneheaded mistakes. But those were all guys that had to step up due to injuries, and considering the big stage that is the Super Bowl, they didn't do half bad. The bottom line is that a win is a win and Green Bay definitely won!

Now we begin the long lull that is waiting for football season. But until then, Green Bay can revel in a heck of a season and 4th Super Bowl Championship.

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