Green Bay Packers (14-6) 31, Pittsburgh Steelers (14-5) 25
SUPER BOWL XLV - Sunday February 6th 2011 (at Dallas)
(DALLAS) - The Packers bent, but never broke. An MVP performance by Aaron Rodgers and a swarming Green Bay defense made sure of that. Rodgers guided the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl title, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Momentum changed hands several times between two of the NFL's most storied franchises, but the less-experienced Packers were able to hold on despite nearly blowing an 18-point first half lead. In the end, the quarterback with no Super Bowl rings bested the one who already had two. Trailing by six with just under two minutes remaining, and starting at his own 13-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger couldn't lead the Steelers on a final scoring drive. His final pass of the season hit Mike Wallace in the hands in tight coverage and fell harmlessly to the ground, allowing the Packers to kneel out the clock for their first Super Bowl title in 14 years. Rodgers climbed out of Brett Favre's shadow for good, completing 24 of his 39 passes without an interception while hitting Greg Jennings for two touchdowns and Jordy Nelson for one. He clutched the Most Valuable Player award for Super Bowl XLV, but a piece of it belonged to Green Bay's defense, which stood tall despite losing star cornerback Charles Woodson to a broken collarbone in the first half. The Packers scored 21 of their points after three Pittsburgh turnovers -- including Nick Collins' 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Roethlisberger threw two interceptions in the first half, but recovered to complete 25-of-40 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns for the AFC champions. But it wasn't enough. Trying to win another Super Bowl title for a city that has an NFL-best six already, Roethlisberger felt like he let all of Pittsburgh down. Roethlisberger's second interception led to Rodgers' 21-yard touchdown pass to Jennings with 2:24 remaining in the second quarter, giving the Packers their 18-point lead at 21-3. The Steelers were reeling, but righted the ship with back-to-back scoring drives to span the first and second half. Roethlisberger engineered a 77-yard march that gave them life heading into halftime, finding Hines Ward for an eight-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with 39 seconds left to get Pittsburgh within 21-10. The Steelers then scored the only points of the third quarter on Rashard Mendenhall's eight-yard touchdown run, pulling within 21-17. Green Bay punted on all four of its possessions in the third, but regained the momentum when Mendenhall fumbled on the first play of the fourth, leading to a touchdown. The ball was jarred loose by Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews, and the Packers took a 28-17 lead when Rodgers found Jennings in the right side of the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu bit on Jennings' fake toward the middle of the end zone, leaving him wide open. The Defensive Player of the Year was also victimized on Jennings' touchdown catch in the second quarter. Roethlisberger connected with Wallace for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 7:34 remaining in the game, finding his receiver behind Sam Shields down the left sideline. He then pitched left to Antwaan Randle El for a successful two-point conversion, getting the Steelers within 28-25. But Rodgers led the Packers to a field goal on the next series, completing five passes for 64 yards -- including a 31-yarder to Jennings on third down. Mason Crosby booted a 23-yarder with 2:07 remaining, and the Packers got one last stop. Seeded No. 6 in the NFC, the Packers knocked off the Eagles, Falcons and Bears to reach the big game at Cowboys Stadium. After a slow start, they took early control. Rodgers found Nelson with 3:44 remaining in the first quarter, hitting him with a perfect pass in the right side of the end zone despite tight coverage from Pittsburgh corner William Gay. The score capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive for Green Bay and was the first time either team crossed midfield. The Steelers were barely out of their own end zone after an illegal block on the ensuing kickoff pushed them back to the seven-yard line. Roethlisberger was hit on first down by Packers lineman Howard Green near the end zone and didn't get anything on a long pass intended for Wallace down the left side. Collins jumped in front of the pass, taking it to the goal line and leaping into the end zone to make it 14-0. On Pittsburgh's next series, Roethlisberger bent over to clutch his leg after slipping on a pass attempt. But he was able to scramble 18 yards for a first down just before the end of the quarter. The drive stalled and Shaun Suisham kicked a 33-yard field goal at 11:08 of the second quarter, getting Pittsburgh within 14-3. Jarrett Bush picked off Roethlisberger late in the second quarter -- again on a pass intended for Wallace, who was covered closely by Shields near midfield. Rodgers then found Jennings just over the goal line after the receiver slipped behind the defense. Jennings held on to the ball despite a hit delivered by Polamalu. But Roethlisberger completed a 37-yard pass to Randle El on first down, sparking the scoring drive that led to Ward's touchdown grab before halftime. 
GREEN BAY  - 14  7  0 10 - 31
PITTSBURGH -  0 10  7  8 - 25
                      PITTSBURGH     GREEN BAY
First downs                   19            15
Rush-yards-TDs          23-126-1       13-50-0
Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 25-40-263-2-2 24-39-304-3-0
Sacked-yards                 1-2          3-16
Net pass yards               261           288
Total yards                  387           338
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           1-0
Turnovers                      3             0
Penalties-yards             6-55          7-67
1st - GB - Nelson, 29-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - GB - Collins, 37-yard interception return (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
2nd - PITT - Shaun Suisham, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - GB - Jennings, 21-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
2nd - PITT - Hines Ward, 8-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) GREEN BAY 21-10
3rd - PITT - Rashard Mendenhall, 8-yard run (Suisham kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
4th - GB - Jennings, 8-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 28-17
4th - PITT - Mike Wallace, 25-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Antwaan Randle El run) GREEN BAY 28-25
4th - GB - Crosby, 23-yard field goal GREEN BAY 31-25
GREEN BAY - James Starks 11-52, Aaron Rodgers 2-(-2)
PITTSBURGH - Rashard Mendenhall 14-63 1 TD, Ben Roethlisberger 4-31, Isaac Redman 2-19, Mewelde Moore 3-13
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 39-24-304 3 TD
PITTSBURGH - Ben Roethlisberger 40-25-263 2 TD 2 INT
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 9-140 1 TD, James Jones 5-50, Greg Jennings 4-64 1 TD, Donald Driver 2-28, Brandon Jackson 1-14, Andrew Quarless 1-5, Korey Hall 1-2, Tom Crabtree 1-1
PITTSBURGH - Mike Wallace 9-89 1 TD, Hines Ward 7-78 1 TD, Antwaan Randle El 2-50, Emmanuel Sanders 2-17, Heath Miller 2-12, Matt Spaeth 1-9, Rashard Mendenhall 1-7, Antonio Brown 1-1