Sunday, February 6, 2011
PACKERS EDGE STEELERS FOR SUPER BOWL TITLE
The Green Bay Packers came through all the adversity they endured during the 2010 regular season and won the Super Bowl, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas on Sunday evening.
The title is the fourth Super Bowl championship for the Packers, who became the second number-six seed (along with Pittsburgh in 2005) to win the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the Most Valuable Player for the game as he was 24-for-39 for 304 yards passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
On the other side, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger was 25-for-40 for 263 yards with two TD, but also threw two interceptions, one which was taken back for a score by Green Bay's Nick Collins to give the Packers a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Turnovers told the story of this game as the Steelers turned it over three times while the Packers had NO turnovers in the game.
Rodgers hit wide receiver Jordy Nelson for a 29-yard score to make it 7-0 and then Collins stepped in and picked off Roethlisberger to make it 14-0 after one quarter.
The Steelers closed it to 14-3 and then Green Bay went up 21-3 when Rodgers threw a TD pass to Greg Jennings.
Just before the half, Hines Ward hauled in a TD pass for the Steelers to make it a 21-10 game.
The Steelers seemed to steal the momentum in the second half by stopping the Packers right out of the gate and then driving down in smash mouth style with Rashard Mendenhall scoring on a 8-yard run to close the game to 21-17.
The game remained that way until early in the fourth quarter when the Steelers were driving for the lead in Green Bay territory.
But Mendenhall fumbled from the Packers' 36-yard line and then Rodgers and company drove down field and Rodgers hooked up with Jennings for a second touchdown to give Green Bay a 28-17 lead.
Pittsburgh came back and cut the deficit to three points (28-25) when Mike Wallace hauled in a 25-yard scoring pass and then Antwaan Randle-El ran for the two-point conversion.
But then Green Bay came back with the key play in the drive being Rodgers hooking up with Jennings for a 31-yard gain on a third-and-10 pass.
Mason Crosby nailed a 23-yard field goal to provide the final margin for the Packers, who are returning home to Green Bay with the Lombardi trophy.