PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With the big game coming up next weekend, the Steelers are getting ready to pack their bags and head to Dallas on Monday.

The team was given the day off today, but they may get some work in Sunday or Monday here in Pittsburgh before they their flight from Pennsylvania to Texas.

The last time they were in the Super Bowl, it came down to a last-minute drive that ended with Ben Roethlisberger finding Santonio Holmes for the game-winning touchdown in a nail-biter of a game.

But ask Hines Ward if he’s envisioning that kind of game-winning moment for next Sunday, he’ll tell you, no. Instead, he hopes it doesn’t even come down to that.

“I’d rather we be in a blowout. I hope we jump out on them early and it doesn’t have to come down to that. But one thing about it is, we have guys who have been in that position before if we have to take a drive,” said Ward. “During the Jets, during the regular season, we had to do that; we just didn’t capitalize on the opportunity when we got down to the red zone. So, hopeful, it doesn’t come down like that. It’d be great for television; but as players, I prefer a blowout and us on the winning side of that.”

Meanwhile, in the time between now and next weekend, Steelers fans are surely going to hear how good of a quarterback Aaron Rodgers is and how statistically he is one of the best in the game, and he is.

However, his counterpart in this game has something that stats don’t always show, and the Packers linemen are well aware of what makes Ben Roethlisberger so dangerous.

“You can’t just take one shot at him. You can’t come in out of control and try to take a shot at him or lunge at him cause if he shakes it off, you take yourself out of it,” said Cullen Jenkins, a Packers defensive lineman. “You just have to learn to be a little bit more under control and not be so anxious when you get out there and see him.”

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