As predicted, Super Bowl XLV was entertaining more than anything else. A traditional clash where three-yards-a-cloud-of-dust is a thing of the past in the NFL in this day and age.
In a Super Bowl that featured two of the league's most creative QBs - Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers - the over/under of 45 looked a tad bit low to the naked eyes of wagerers.
The teams set a record for the fewest rushing attempts in a Super Bowl - 36 - and the Packers, who led the game from wire-to-wire only ran the ball 13 of those 36 times.
Rodgers and Roethlisberger combined for 79 passes, completing 49 of them including five TD strikes. The difference in the game, as usual, came down to turnovers. Rodgers and his mates committed none while the Steelers had four, the most costly coming in the first quarter when Packer S Nick Collins returned an interception 37 yards for a TD.
The game was far from a memorable one to the average fan. The Packers led the whole way, by as much as 17 at one point, and only until the final minutes did they ever seem vulnerable. But their defense held, quelling any heroics Roethlisberger had in mind.
Green Bay outpaced the Steelers without the services of WR Donald Driver (ankle) and CB Charles Woodson, who broke his collarbone breaking up a pass. The win was the franchise's fourth in Super Bowl play.
Rodgers, 25, completed 24-of-39 pass attempts for 304 yards for a passer rating of 111.5 and was named the game's MVP. In a pivotal drive with the Packers holding a 28-25 lead, Rodgers marched the Packers 75 yards in 10 plays, completing four-of-five passes on the drive for 64 yards. The Packers took 5:27 in time of possession off the clock on their final scoring drive and widened their lead to 31-25 after Crosby’s 23-yard field goal, which proved to be the final margin.
Rodgers is the second consecutive quarterback to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honor, as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was voted the recipient in Super Bowl XLIV. It was the 24th time a QB won the award.
Super Bowl Records Set (courtesy Elias Sports Bureau)
Fewest Rushing Attempts, Game, Both Teams – 36, Green Bay (13) vs. Pittsburgh (23)
Super Bowl Records Tied in Super Bowl XLV
Most Games, Team – 8, Pittsburgh (tied record set by Dallas)
Fewest Turnovers, Game, Team – 0, Green Bay (tied record shared by 17 other teams)
Most Points, First Quarter, Team – 14, Green Bay (tied record shared by six other teams)
Largest Lead, End of First Quarter, Team – 14, Green Bay, led 14-0 (tied record shared by Miami, SB VIII and Oakland, SB XV)
Fewest First Downs By Penalty, Game, Both Teams – 0, Green Bay vs. Pittsburgh (tied record set in five other SB)
Fewest Rushing Attempts, Game, Winning Team – 13, Green Bay (tied record set by St. Louis, SB XXXIV)
Most Two-Point Conversions, Game -- 1, Antwaan Randle El (tied record shared by five other players)
Other Notes....Compiled By Elias Sports Bureau
Green Bay has won 13 NFL championships (including nine in the pre-Super Bowl era), the highest total for any team.
Green Bay committed no turnovers; Pittsburgh committed three. Teams committing the fewer turnovers have a 33-3 record in Super Bowls.
Jordy Nelson had nine receptions for 140 yards, breaking the Packers’ record for receiving yards in a Super Bowl, set by Max McGee, who had 138 yards in SB I.
Green Bay scored two touchdowns within 24 seconds in the first quarter – the fastest pair of touchdowns scored by one team in a Super Bowl since SB XXVII, when Dallas scored two touchdowns in 18 seconds after having scored two touchdowns in 15 seconds earlier in that game.
For the third consecutive postseason game, Green Bay scored a touchdown on an interception return, becoming the first team in NFL history to score a touchdown on an interception return in each of three consecutive postseason games.