Packers Outlast Steelers To Win Super Bowl

Green Bay dominated the first half and held on to the end to win the Super Bowl. The Steelers made an impressive comeback in the second half but couldn’t break through the Pack.

Aaron Rodgers has turned the Green Bay Packers into Super Bowl champions once again.

Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

This was Green Bay’s fourth Super Bowl title. The Packers won the first two Super Bowls with Vince Lombardi coaching Bart Starr, and captured another with Brett Favre in January 1997.

The Steelers trailed 21-3 before halftime. Ben Roethlisberger got them within 28-25 midway through the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass and a nifty 2-point conversion. The Packers answered with a field goal, giving Roethlisberger one last chance.

Needing to go 87 yards in 1:59 with one timeout left, Roethlisberger couldn’t make it across midfield.

This was only the second time Pittsburgh lost a Super Bowl. The Steelers still have the most wins with six, and are tied for the most appearances with eight.

The crowd at Cowboys Stadium was 91,060 paying attendees, or 103,219 counting “credentialed attendees.” It fell short of the record.

Rodgers was named MVP.

Green Bay led 21-17 after three quarters, but the Packers were without cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields and receiver Donald Driver.

The Steelers had the momentum, the experience and the crowd – tens of thousands of fans twirling “Terrible Towels” and making things tough for Rodgers to bark out signals at times.

But on the first play of the fourth quarter, with Pittsburgh possibly driving for a go-ahead touchdown, Rashard Mendenhall fumbled on a hit by Clay Matthews Jr. The Packers took over at their own 45.

Jennings caught his second TD pass of the game to give the Packers a 28-17 lead with 11:57 to play – their third touchdown following a takeaway.

The Packers’ final points came on a 23-yard field goal by mason Crosby with 2:07 left.

Christina Aguilera got the game off to a rocky start by flubbing a line in the national anthem. The Steelers didn’t do much better at the outset.

Green Bay jumped ahead 14-0 with touchdowns on consecutive plays: a 29-yard touchdown catch by Jordy Nelson, then Collins’ interception, which featured a weaving return, a dive into the end zone and hip-swiveling dance toward the Pittsburgh sideline by B.J. Raji, the Packers’ jumbo-sized nose tackle.

Rodgers stretched the lead to 21-3 by drilling a 21-yard touchdown pass to Jennings. The ball whistled past safety Ryan Clark, with Jennings making a tough catch look easy just before getting popped by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. That drive also was set up by an interception, a pickoff at midfield by Jarrett Bush.

Roethlisberger’s miserable first half turned a little better at the end.

Taking over deep in his own territory after Jennings’ touchdown, he threw a 37-yard completion to Antwaan Randle El. That started a seven-play, 77-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard touchdown catch to former Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward.

Also on that drive, Woodson hurt his collarbone diving for a pass. He spent the second half in street clothes, with his left arm in a sling, appearing quite uncomfortable. Driver was out with an ankle injury, and Shields hurt a shoulder.

With two defensive backs out at the half, everyone expected the Steelers to come out throwing in the third quarter. Nope. They gained all 50 yards on their opening drive on the ground, with Mendenhall bowling in from the 8 for the touchdown. He jumped up and flung the ball into the stands with a two-handed basketball chest pass.

The first Super Bowl held at $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium came following a week of ice and snow that caused all sorts of problems. Hopes for an uneventful gameday were ruined when several sections of temporary seats – holding about 1,250 people – were deemed unsafe.

Celebs were everywhere: from former President George W. Bush to baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez, who was seen having popcorn shoveled into his mouth by actress Cameron Diaz. Hollywood stars John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Mark Harmon, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas were in attendance, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson was seated near new Cowboys coach Jason Garrett; on Garrett’s other side was Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.

Football stars were sprinkled around, too. The newest Hall of Fame class, chosen Saturday, took part in the pregame coin toss, with Deion Sanders handling the flip.

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  • Dan Rakow

    As a Chicago Bears Fan would say BRING ON THE PACK!

    Even though I’m not a Packer However I will be happy to accept the Bears to play at Lambeau Field September 8th for the NFL Opening Kickoff.

    Last time a Super Champion lost it’s first regular season home opener was the Denver Broncos 12 Years ago when they lost to the Miami Dolphins in the Broncos start of the Post John Elway era.

  • Jon

    After watching today’s game, the Bears have a long way to go to reach the next level. From player personnel, to position coaches, head coaching decisions, and player performance. It’s obvious our team needs help at many positions, but one can clearly see that neither Devin Hester or Johnny Knox can compete at a level as high as the wide receivers from the Packers. Plus, they’re better coached at that position. O-line? We don’t have one. D-tackles? We don’t have any. Good luck Jerry Angelo (NFL Draft Buffoon)!

    • falconer

      jon..what game or team are yo uwatching? i will give the pack the crown but they are in a class by themselves. outside of the falcons game which game did they kick tail in that made them so high? ye sthey won them all but geez. the last game of year they were trailign 3-0 in 4th. philly game came down to a bad throw by vick not to mention 2 easy misses by akers,the most accurate kicker in nfl and then even the nfc title game they scored 14 on offense ,7 on efense and had to hang on to beat a 3rd string qb. the superbowl they got an easy 7 on a pick ,struggled in second half and pittsburg was its own worse enemy with penalties and turnovers. yes the pack made some of those plays but you cant also count on those plays day in and day out. rodgers made the plays when he had to but the team is not in a class by itself.

  • dabears

    its just another game. your lives havent change done bit. move on. you still have the same problems you did before kiickoff and we still have 2 feet of snow. it s agame. move on. the bears while i like to see them do well but they won it in 85 and went in 06 and oyu know what,nothing chnaged for me.

  • Next Year

    I guess Lovie should of played a little less vanilla in week 16. Well, good thing Coach Smith and Cutler will be back for the next several years to try and figure out how to beat the Super Bowl Champs plus Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley. This time with a first place schedule no less. Maybe Josh McDaniels could be your VP of assistant coaches and join the Isle of Misfit Coaches that is Halas Hall. Don’t worry, if anybody can glance past the next Aaron Rodgers in the upcoming draft, it’s your boy Angelo. Good night Chicago, and thanks again for letting us get into the playoffs and and also letting us beat you with your fans and quarterback watching. We couldn’t of done it without your unwavering ability to suck.

    • guppy

      next year… s mith gone regardless. you noticed contract talk abrubtly stopped when coach fisher got fired from tenn?hmmmmmmmmmmm also a first place sshedule yes but so what. do the math. you got your set games. division. then you play aa determined afc division as does rest of nfc central. then you play a set nfc division as does rest of nfc central. the rest of the games are filled with first place teams yes but look . philly,we beat them, seattle,we beat them. atlanta,paper tigers, indy ,who knows with them plus th bears smoked them in 2007. patriots yes, steelers yes but either way theres only 2 real ly “tough” games that will be the diference between a first place finish and a second since most games prdetermined years in advance. relax , coach fisher,or guppy as they called him when he was a bear,will be coming home in less than a year……………………

      • Good Point

        Now you went and made me spit coffee all over my computer. A Bears fan calling another division winner a paper tiger. There are two reasons why any established head coach would have a hard time even considering the Chicago job: Cutler and Angelo. Only guy dumb enough to think that’s a good situation is Lovie. Martz is only there until that bakery job and Jewel opens up. I bet Peppers hustles all of the time next year too. He’s known for his intense work ethic.

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  • lombardi

    i agree. paper tiger in atlanta. well see who wins that divsion next year. he also wasnt defending the bears, just saying no reason why they cant compete in 2011 if theres a season and no reason to fear the pack. they won it but they wont be a dynasty. no they wont repeat. book it here. last 10 years a different nfc went to the superbowl.10 different teams. next year i think the streak ends unless the cowboys play like they are supposed to (on paper) and go then it will be 11 in a row. the streak ends but it wont be the pack going back.

    i love these goofs over analyzying things and teams and franchises,some saying how great franchise the pack is. maybe maybe not butif they didnt win they wouldnt be saying that nonsense. next year they wont win it so all the talk will be over and the writers will think so some other nonsense angle to report on.

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