Green Bay brings the title back to “Titletown”
February 7, 2011, 8:21 am
In case you didn’t know, last night was the Super Bowl. The game featured the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two teams with storied histories both searching to add to their trophy case. The site for the event was brand new Cowboys Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The lead-up to the game had its interesting moments, including the unexpected snowstorms throughout the week, the removal of unsafe seats inside the stadium, and Christina Aguilera’s forgetful Star-Spangled-Banner. Once the actual game began it was business as usual for Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter to Jordy Nelson. Shortly after, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception to Nick Collins that was ran back 37 yards for a touchdown making the score 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After a back and forth second quarter, the score going into halftime was 21-10 Green Bay, leaving the Packers very much in control of the game. The halftime act was the Black Eyed Peas, as well as surprise guests Usher and Slash. The show itself was full of technical difficulties including volume, lighting and sound mishaps. The popular hip hop group did snippets of hits such as “Boom Boom Pow”, “I Gotta Feeling”, and “Where is the Love?” as well as a “Sweet Child of Mine” remix with Slash and Fergie and Usher and Will.I.Am’s hit “OMG”.
The third quarter was largely controlled by the Steelers as they pulled the game to 21-17 after a Rashard Mendenhall 8 yard Touchdown run. It seemed as though the game’s momentum was in Pittsburgh’s corner heading into the fourth quarter as a one time 18 point Green Bay lead was trimmed all the way down to 4. As if it wasn’t bad enough for Green Bay, their defensive captain Charles Woodson and veteran wide receiver Donald Driver suffered injuries that would keep them out for the remainder of the game. The Packers would not be denied though as Rodgers found Greg Jennings in the back of the end zone early in the quarter to extend the lead to 28-17.
If the game was supposed to be over no one told two time Super Bowl champion Big Ben Roethlisberger, who quickly led the Steeler offense down the field in impressive fashion cultivating in a 25 yard touchdown to wide-receiver Mike Wallace. On Green Bay’s final drive of the game, kicker Mason Crosby padded their lead with a 23 yard field goal making the score 31-25. Roethlisberger and the Steelers had no more comebacks left in them as the Green Bay defense toughened up and stopped a 4th and 5 pass in Steeler territory that landed incomplete, effectively ending any hope Pittsburgh still had.
Aaron Rodgers was named the game’s MVP going 24-39 for 304 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions. Three years after replacing Packer legend Bret Favre, Rodgers has quickly led the Packers back to the mountain top and has already matched Favre in Super Bowl victories.