Packers Beat Steelers 31-25 In Super Bowl XLV

By: Casey Shea

ARLINGTON, Texas (KDKA) – Super Bowl XLV came down to the final drive, but in the end three turnovers were too much to overcome for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Super Bowl XLV featured the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Both franchises have been in this position before and have claimed the Lombardi Trophy multiple times.

Pittsburgh was looking for their seventh title, while the Packers were looking for their fourth.

It was a matchup between two of the most storied franchises in the NFL and two of the most rabid fanbases in professional sports.

In the end, the Packers scored 21 points off turnovers that proved to be the difference in the game.

FIRST QUARTER

The  Green Bay Packers won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. As a result, Pittsburgh got the ball first.

Pittsburgh started their first drive on their own 36-yard line, but the Packers forced them to go three-and-out.

Tramon Williams bobbled the ensuing punt, but Green Bay was able to come up with the ball to avoid an early disaster.

Despite a 24-yard gain on 3rd-and-9, Pittsburgh’s defense stepped up and forced Green Bay to punt three plays later.

The Steelers started their second offensive possession at their 20-yard line. Rashard Mendenhall opened the drive with a 15-yard run. He followed that with a nine-yard run, but a false start penalty on 2nd-and-1 proved to be a drive killer. An incomplete pass on 3rd-and-1 forced Pittsburgh to punt the ball away.

On the Packers’ second possession they marched right down the field and drew first blood in Super Bowl XLV.

Rodgers hooked up with Jordy Nelson for a 29-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-1 with 3:44 to play in the first quarter. The touchdown pass capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive.

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Pittsburgh took over on their own seven-yard line after an illegal block in the back penalty during the return. On the first play of the drive, Ben Roethlisberger tried to take a shot downfield, but was picked off by Nick Collins.

Collins returned the ball 37 yards to the endzone to put the Packers up 14-0 with 3:20 to play in the first quarter.

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Unphased, the Pittsburgh Steelers marched down the field on their next drive. However, the drive stalled out at the Green Bay 15-yard line.

SECOND QUARTER

Shaun Suisham connected on a 33-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3 with 11:08 to play in the first half. The field goal capped a 13-play, 49-yard drive.

With 4:35 to play in the second quarter, Roethlisberger

On 2nd-and-11 at the Green Bay 49-yard line, Roethlisberger watched as a collision downfield led to the second interception of the game.  Jarrett Bush returned the interception for only a couple of yards.

The Packers started the drive at their own 47-yard line and wasted no time to extend the lead.

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On the fourth play of the drive, Rodgers found Greg Jennings for a 21-yard touchdown to put Green Bay ahead 21-3 with 2:24 to play in the half.

That was more than enough time for Roethlisberger to get the Steelers back on track before the end of the first half.

While in the hurry-up offense, Roethlisberger orchestrated a seven-play, 77-yard touchdown drive to cut the Packers’ lead to 21-10.

On 2nd-and-9, Big Ben found Hines Ward for 18 yards to set Pittsburgh up with a 1st-and-goal from the eight-yard line.

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On the very next play, Roethlisberger went back to Ward and found him in the endzone for the score.

THIRD QUARTER

Green Bay started the second half with the ball. However, they will be without the services of star cornerback Charles Woodson for the remainder of the game. An incompletion on 3rd-and-5 forced the Packers to punt the ball away.

A 15-yard facemask penalty on Green Bay during the punt return set Pittsburgh up with great field position at midfield.

Five plays later, Mendenhall broke through the line to score from eight yards out to put Pittsburgh right back in the game. The touchdown cut the lead to 21-17 with 10:19 left in the third quarter.

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On the ensuing drive, James Harrison came up with a big sack on 3rd-and-7 to force another Green Bay punt.

On 3rd-and-13 from the Green Bay 32-yard line, Frank Zombo recorded the first sack of the game for the Packers.

Then, Suisham trotted out for a 52-yard field goal attempt. The failed kick started out left and kept going that way, which preserved the four-point lead for the Packers.

However, the Packers were unable to do anything with the good field position after the missed kick  and were forced to punt the ball away again.

The Pittsburgh defense stepped up in the third quarter and forced Green Bay to punt on four occasions. The last came in the quarter’s final moments to set the stage for the final 15 minutes of regulation where a champion will be crowned.

FOURTH QUARTER

The Steelers started the fourth quarter facing a 2nd-and-2 from the Green Bay 33-yard line. Mendenhall’s run turned into disaster when Clay Matthews forced a fumble, that was recovered by the Packers.

On 2nd-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 40-yard line, Nelson dropped a pass from Rodgers. On the next play, Rodgers went back to Nelson, who was knocked out of bounds at the two-yard line.

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After a sack on 1st-and-goal, Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings for the second time in the game. This time, it was in the back of the endzone to extend the lead to 28-17 with 11:57 left in the game.

Once again, the Steelers answered and cut the lead to three points. Roethlisberger found Mike Wallace for a 25-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-3. The Steelers elected to go for two and Antwaan Randle El found the endzone on a shovel pass from Roethlisberger to reduce the deficit to 28-25 with 7:34 to play.

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However, the Packers were not done putting points on the board. Green Bay drove the ball inside the Pittsburgh five-yard line, but the defense made one final stand to hold the Packers to a 23-yard field goal.

The stage was set for Roethlisberger to pull off a repeat performance of Super Bowl XLIII.

The drive started at their own 13-yard line with 1:59 to play. Facing a 4th-and-5 with 56 seconds to play from their own 32-yard line, Roethlisberger went to the air with the game hanging in the balance.

However, there would be no repeat as pass intended for Wallace was broken up.

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Rodgers only had to kneel down twice to run out the clock to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.

Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns to earn MVP honors.

Comments

One Comment

  1. Vincent Lombardi says:

    the sky is falling

  2. Lash says:

    wake up Steelers !!

  3. REVVIN FOR NOTHING says:

    Knock knock knock on nothing’s door. Where are all the big mouths at??

    1. Paul says:

      Even with a victory you’re still a lonely sole. I pray for your shallow existence.

  4. Brad says:

    It’s over … Nice season boys… Thank god I bet 3k on the packers ..

  5. Lash says:

    Is it time to send the 300 extra police in Pittsburgh home yet? It sure does not look like we will be celebrating tonight, unless we have a miracle.

  6. dav says:

    steelers get your ass moving!!

  7. Lash says:

    Ben it’s time 4 no hundle

  8. Lash says:

    52 yard field goal- what r they thinking ?

    1. BadCall says:

      Couldn’t agree more! That’s the place you go for it…ESPECIALL when your kicker nearly shanked an extra point. Perfect example of Tomlin’s bad coaching.

  9. kYLE says:

    HAHAHAHHAHHAHH.. PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. phyz says:

    …I’m sad !……………

  11. KNOCKING ON LOSER'S DOOR says:

    YOU LOSE BIG MOUTHS!!! WHERE ARE ALL THE IDIOTS NOW??? CRY CRY CRY; CAN’T WAIT TO HERE THE EXCUSES NOW!!! TOUGH!! LIKE IT;LEARN IT ;LIVE IT!!!!!!!!!! YOU LOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. CANTUSEAKEYBOARD says:

      HEY, I JUST GOT A COMPUTER AND CAN TYPE IN ALL CAPS TOO!!! DO YOU FEEL BETTER NOW?

    2. Jerry says:

      No crying here… But you’re not much of a good winner. So you got a trophy, Congrats enjoy the moment. When it ends it will sting. But having 6 of them does take away some of the sting.

  12. MENDENFALL says:

    I DID NOT MEAN TO DROP THE FOOSBALL

    1. DINN says:

      THREE FUMBLES IN ONE YEAR SOUNDS GOOD TO ME ITS OVER THEY ARE STILL OUR STEELERS ITS STILL STEELER COUNTRY AND I AM STILL A STEELER FAN

  13. DON MEREDITH says:

    TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY’S OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Ellen says:

    Great game, but that half time show was just terrible. Thought the Steelers would win, but the Packers pulled it off, Congratulations to a team that fought all the way, and won.

  15. Thomas J Duttine says:

    The Steelers are still CHAMPIONS!!!!

    1. Gary says:

      Thomas, Great game. As a Packer fan it wasn’t over until that 4th down pass was incomplete but sorry the Packers are champions. . Even Tomlin said it in the post game.

  16. ALL TALK NO WALK says:

    C’MON WHERE IS THE BIG BAD MOUTHPIECE STEELER NATION. CRYING WITH WINES HARD;JUST WAITING FOR THE EXCUSES. THAT’S IT GO TO BED AND CRY. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    1. Paul says:

      How many bowls do the packaers have…4? How many in Pittsburgh….6. Hmm…looks like the packers have a ways to go.

      1. Gary says:

        Paul, If you start with the Super bowls yes but when you look at history the Packers have the most NFL championships. THe league existed before 1968

      2. Stats says:

        um, yea Gary…if you want to count ‘titles’ when the league was half the size. Let’s compare apples to apples shall we?

    2. JIM G says:

      ALL TALK , THE PACK GOT LUCKY ! YOU SHOULD BE GRATEFUL THE STEELERS TURNED THE BALL OVER 3 TIMES , SOUNDS LIKE A POOR WINNER TO ME. PROBABLY A PATRIOT’S FAN

  17. Joe says:

    Worse 2 min drill in super bowl history comeon man

  18. Paul says:

    Taylor, Gay, McFadden and Clark all need to go. Nothing like playing 10 yards off your coverage then tackling them. I’d take the 5-10 years every play all day long. Someone wake up in the Steelers organization. Any team with a decent QB and receivers can pick apart the corners.

  19. Baseball says:

    By “f…ing Pittsburgh”, I assume you mean the city of champions? Yea, we’ll take that! Thanks for reminding us! Let us know how your Green Bay baseball team does this year!

    1. Packers are the Best says:

      I wouldn’t even bring up baseball with the current sorry a$$ Pirates team you have there.

      1. OC says:

        Don’t forget the Penguins. Do yinz have a hockey team in Wisconsin?
        What is your team, the “Packers” named after anyhoo?

  20. ProudFan says:

    Three turnovers and still only losing by 6 points? Definitely a game that should/could’ve been won. But it wasn’t. Still a great season for the 6 time Super Bowl Champs! Congrats Steelers on a great season!

  21. Christina sucks says:

    You Pittsburgher’s can’t even get the National Anthem right. What happened to Cher doing a version of Halfbreed for Hines Ward?

  22. ALL POINTS BULLETIN says:

    Steelers Defense: missing since 6:20pm Sunday.

  23. Willis Drummond says:

    Big Ben was a Big flop.

    Polamalwho?

    Cant sleepwalk through the first half of the Superbowl fellas.

  24. Blawnox says:

    Packers were the better team. Period. See ya’all next year (maybe).

    1. John J Johnson says:

      It’s…………y’all

  25. "STEEL" Winners says:

    Congratulations to the Packers! Thanks to our Steelers for a wonderful year, looking forward to next season. (If there is one) By the way, all you pitiful Raven turned Patriot turned Jets turned Green Bay fans- We’re still the AFC Champions and we’re still better than you!!!🙂

  26. Packers are the best says:

    I am a Packer Fan, want to say to the Steelers and their fans that they are awesome, we know you have a deep rooted football tradition just like we do and hats off to your Coach Mike Tomlin, Ben Rothesberger and the organization and you fans, the bears fans could learn a lot from you guys (and the Packer fans too)! Congratulations on a very hard played Super Bowl and I am glad the Packers won, but I hated to see the Steelers loose as the Steelers are my best AFC team and Mike McCarthy is from there. Be proud of your Steelers as we are of our Packers, maybe we will both be back here at the Super Bowl Again!

    1. PittsburghNation says:

      It’s nice to see a respectful comment about the Steelers from a Packers fan – especially after seeing all the bs on here from all sides. Packers deserved to win, hands down. You can’t have that many turnovers and expect to win. Kudos to both teams on an outstanding season and hope that people can learn to have a little more class.

  27. gary says:

    the green bay packers 13 time N F L CHAMPS…pittsburgh has never beaten green bay in a super bowl ever

    1. Fenix1186 says:

      Lol I think this was the only time we played greed bay in the super bowl. And that NFL Champ stat is overinflated. 1970+ only.

  28. gary says:

    hey stats does the 1960 pittsburgh pirates world series count a championship… not many teams in the league then .. no playoffs ill bet that counts …….. green bay packers 13 n f l champs

  29. DC SLIDEWAYS says:

    Is that the best you clowns can come up with;living in the past and keyboard typing?? HAHA Did you finally realize that the secondary was horrible? Or that mendenhall has butterfingers? Where was big bad harrison and the beast woodley?? Yep;steelernation mouthed off all through the playoffs with all their catch slogans and now,come home with nothing! Hurts doesn’t it?? Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  30. Boris says:

    I find it hilarious that Steelers fans feel the need to use the “We-have-6-rings” excuse whenever they lose or their team is called to question. Your 6 rings in the PAST do not reflect on the team right now.

    But hey, if having 6 rings makes it easier for you to grasp the idea that you don’t have 7, that’s all you.

    1. Fenix1186 says:

      Talk when you get to that number.

      1. Packers are the Best says:

        Fenix1186 ~ The only number that counts today is XLV and the Packers kicked your a$$ to win it.

      2. Fenix1186 says:

        We beat ourselves. The Packers just took advantage, as any team would. Legacy trumps any single game.

      3. Packers are the Best says:

        Beat yourselves is an appropiate term for your team. I’m sorry to say all three turnovers were caused by the Green Bay Defense making outstanding plays. Look at the film and own it. Your team was out played!

  31. Sandi says:

    Toby Mac Get Back Up and we will get the Seventh One. It is inevitable. Stronger. Healthier and Sweeter. Steeler Family Nation is stronger than ever before. Those who don’t understand this I pray for them. It’s more about Character and presenting a team that never quits even no matter what the adversity is. Coach Tomlin is a Class Act.

  32. Daniel says:

    It is a good day to be a Packers fan!!

  33. Fenix1186 says:

    No class? Are you serious? The Rooney’s run the classiest and most family friendly team in the league. You sir, are an idiot.

    1. DJD says:

      oh yea…Rothlisburger is a gentleman….a Class-less gentleman! I don’t know how you could get behind someone who attacks women.

    2. Fenix1186 says:

      I believe Santonio was actually arrested, ben was only accused but never proved that he had done wrong, so there was nothing that could have been done to him. Know the facts before you speak. Packers fans are apparently the most loud mouthed as well. You still can’t stop talking smack. The Steelers & their fans are MUCH classier.

      1. TB412 says:

        Feniix1186 – Simmah! Every single team has its talkers and MUCH classier fans – so get over your bad self! I was born and raised in WI – a die hard Packers fan, now living in Michigan. This morning the “classy” gal (Steelers fan) that led a 90-min fitness class had a meltdown when she noticed my GB water bottle – she couldn’t say anything nice, just trash talk – 2 weeks beyond the game. Now seriously….and all I said to her after she revealed her allegiance was, “Cool – everyone has to have their team”…and she just couldn’t let it go. Yeah. Class. GO PACK GO!

  34. DC SLIDEWAYS says:

    Fenix1186 you sound like you are upset;poor baby!! mommy will take you to mcdonald’s and buy you a happy meal. Cheer up loser

  35. JHarrison says:

    That has to be one of the greatest Gatorade bath pics ever seen!! Congrats to Mike!!

  36. eerie. says:

    Congrats to the Packers, they were the better team tonight.
    AND CAN THE PRESS AND NFL PLEASE LEAVE BEN ALONE NOW????
    Eff you to Rodger Goodell.

  37. truth says:

    DJD, thanks for sharing sweetie , , ,

    You can now resume your following of TMZ . . .

    Your jealousy speaks volumes . . .

    Great game last night Packers, you played better then “we” did. Congrats

  38. gary says:

    hey fenix 1186 how about the 17 titles the bost celtics won in basketball guess none of them count either until after the 1970 season.. the name super bowl is just a name for n f l championships.. GREEN BAY PACKERS 13 TIME CHAMPS.. pittsburgh stealers 6 time champs

  39. Vomit says:

    When I saw Cameron Diaz feed ARod popcorn I turned off the TV set and listened to the rest of the game in the garage.

  40. Steelironman7 says:

    Congrats To The Packers I have respect for them this is coming from a steelers fan they were the better team no excuses we lost n life moves on with our 6 championships not a lot of people can say they went to the superbowl n I’m still proud of my boys we made it to the superbowl n fought to the end steelers for life n always🙂

  41. Steelironman7 says:

    Congrats To The Packers I have respect for them this is coming from a steelers fan they were the better team no excuses we lost n life moves on with our 6 championships not a lot of people can say they went to the superbowl n I’m still proud of my boys we made it to the superbowl n fought to the end steelers for life n always can’t win em all the sometime is best to lose so you can learn from your mistakes n overcome them🙂

    1. Paul Alexander's Tanning Goggles says:

      Can people stop saying “we” lost? The Steelers lost. Not “WE”! “we” are just the losers who let a game dictate our lives and look ridiculous wearing other mens jerseys.

      1. JohnFedko'sNose says:

        Goggles, you ain’t “WE” because your probably live in New Kensington’ or Natrona Heights, not Pittsburgh.
        You’re right though, New Ken folks do look ridiculous, especially when they wear female jerseys.

  42. Andrew says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Steelers STINK!

    -from pittsburgh

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