6:29 PM ET, February 6, 2011
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Aaron Rodgers tosses 3 TD passes as Packers drop Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Aaron Rodgers at long last casts his own shadow.All it took was a Super Bowl victory for the Green Bay Packers.Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Pack to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday, 31-25 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary coach who won the first two Super Bowls and is making his own star turn in New York in the play named after him.
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With And Without Woodson
Charles Woodson was a key part of Green Bay's defense all year, here's how the Packers fared with and without him Sunday.
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Aaron Rodgers became the fourth quarterback in Super Bowl history to throw for three touchdowns, 300 yards and no interceptions.
Super Bowl Results Since 2000
|2011||Packers 31, Steelers 25|
|2010||Saints 31, Colts 17|
|2009||Steelers 27, Cardinals 23|
|2008||Giants 17, Patriots 14|
|2007||Colts 29, Bears 17|
|2006||Steelers 21, Seahawks 10|
|2005||Patriots 24, Eagles 21|
|2004||Patriots 32, Panthers 29|
|2003||Buccaneers 48, Raiders 21|
|2002||Patriots 20, Rams 17|
|2001||Ravens 34, Giants 7|
|2000||Rams 23, Titans 16|
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.0||6.1|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||3-4||1-2|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||1|
|TD||3:51||Jordy Nelson 29 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 4:33
|TD||3:34||Nick Collins 37 Yard Interception Return (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 37 yds, 0:00
|FG||11:53||Shaun Suisham 33 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 13 plays, 49 yds, 7:12
|TD||2:31||Greg Jennings 21 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 53 yds, 2:04
|TD||0:47||Hines Ward 8 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yds, 1:45
|TD||10:25||Rashard Mendenhall 8 Yard Run (Shaun Suisham Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 50 yds, 2:20
|TD||12:03||Greg Jennings 8 Yard Pass From Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds, 2:53
|TD||7:40||Mike Wallace 25 Yard Pass From Ben Roethlisberger (Antwaan Randle El Run For Two-Point Conversion is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yds, 4:23
|FG||2:10||Mason Crosby 23 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 5:27
Before leaving the game late in the second quarter with a collarbone injury, cornerback Charles Woodson played an important role for the defense of the Packers. Woodson was on the field for 30 snaps and was able to penetrate the offensive backfield on 7 of those plays. Against five rushes, the Packers allowed just 1.7 yards per carry and collected three tackles for loss when Woodson was a part of run-blitz pressure.[+]
Packers Defense With/Without Charles Woodson - Super Bowl XLV
Troy Polamalu made a name for himself all season by causing havoc around the line of scrimmage. In the Super Bowl, the Defensive Player of the Year lined up within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage on only three of the Packers' 55 offensive snaps and didn't record a tackle until the fourth quarter. Polamalu was ineffective in the passing game as well - Aaron Rodgers completed 2-of-3 passes for 20 yards when Polamalu blitzed. Polamalu also was the closest defender on both of Greg Jennings' touchdown receptions.
The Steelers' pass defense was excellent this season with five or more defensive backs on the field, but for the second time in two years, Aaron Rodgers torched the Steelers' defense when they used that personnel package. A year after Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and posted a 146.8 passer rating against five or more defensive backs (Week 15, 2009), Rodgers completed 14 of his 24 attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday.[+]
Steelers Pass Defense With 5+ DB on Field - 2010 Season, Including Playoffs
Through Week 9, Aaron Rodgers was one of the lowest-rated passers when throwing outside the numbers on the right side of the field. Rodgers has been nearly flawless in that direction since the Packers' bye week and completed 9-of-12 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns Sunday.[+]
Aaron Rodgers Passing Right Outside Painted Numbers - 2010 Season, Including Playoffs
Jordy Nelson was targeted seven times on passes more than 10 yards downfield in the Super Bowl, a single-game high for Nelson this season. Rodgers started going 0-for-2 on such passes to Nelson on Sunday, but completed four of his next five including the first touchdown of the game.
During the regular season, the Packers led the NFL with 72 passes disrupted with five or more defensive backs on the field (interceptions and passes defended). Green Bay disrupted 15 passes during the 2010 postseason including four passes in the Super Bowl (3 passes defended, Int). The last of the four┐a pass defended by Tramon Williams┐ended the Steelers' final drive on 4th and 5 with 49 seconds remaining in the game.
Ben Roethlisberger excelled on throws 21 yards or more downfield during the regular season, leading the league in passer rating among qualified quarterbacks (107.9). He struggled on such throws during the 2010 postseason and wasn't able to right the ship against the Packers on Sunday. In the Super Bowl, Roethlisberger completed one of his six attempts, and threw an interception returned for a touchdown by Nick Collins in the first quarter.[+]
Ben Roethlisberger Passing 21+ Yards Downfield - 2010 Season
The Packers, the NFL's most prolific team in terms of using three or more wide receiver formations, scored two of their three offensive touchdowns from formations that feature at least two tight ends in the Super Bowl against the Steelers. In his three previous postseason games in 2010, Aaron Rodgers had only passed from multiple tight end formations on 9 of 93 attempts with no touchdowns. In the Super Bowl, Rodgers and the Packers doubled the percentage of passing plays with at least two tight ends against the aggressive Steelers' defense.[+]
Aaron Rodgers Passing with 2+ Tight Ends - 2010 Postseason
The Steelers sent five or more pass rushers on 59.5 percent of Aaron Rodgers' dropbacks in the Super Bowl, the highest percentage against Rodgers all season and the highest rate since Week 15 of 2009, when the Steelers rushed five or more 58.8 percent of the time.
Aaron Rodgers continued a successful postseason against four or fewer pass rushers in Super Bowl XLV. Although Rodgers faced five or more pass rushers more often than not on Sunday, it was when the Steelers sent four or fewer that Rodgers did the most damage, completing 10 of 16 passes including all three touchdowns on his way to Super Bowl MVP.[+]
Aaron Rodgers By Number of Pass Rushers - 2010 Postseason
NEXT-LEVEL: The Steelers sent five or more pass rushers on 59.5 percent of Aaron Rodgers' dropbacks in the Super Bowl, the highest percentage against Rodgers all season and the highest rate since Week 15 of 2009, when the Steelers rushed five or more 58.8 percent of the time.
NEXT-LEVEL: The Super Bowl was the first game all season where Aaron Rodgers didn't record a rushing attempt via the scramble and the first time since Week 17 of the 2009 season. Ben Roethlisberger, on the other hand, scrambled four times for 31 yards. The four scramble attempts tied his single-game high for the 2010 season, a mark he set in the Conference Championship against the Jets.
NEXT-LEVEL: Before leaving the game late in the second quarter with a collarbone injury, cornerback Charles Woodson played an important role for the defense of the Packers. Woodson was on the field for 31 snaps and was able to penetrate the offensive backfield on seven of those plays. Against five such rushes, the Packers allowed just 1.7 yards per carry and collected three tackles for loss when Woodson was a part of run-blitz pressure.
NEXT-LEVEL: Jordy Nelson was targeted seven times on passes more than 10 yards downfield in the Super Bowl, a single-game high for Nelson this season. Rodgers started going 0-for-2 on such passes to Nelson on Sunday, but completed four of his next five including the first touchdown of the game.
As Green Bay gears up for the Packers' matchup with the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, could a college basketball result from Saturday be a harbinger of bad things? On Saturday, the Green Bay Phoenix lost on the road in Horizon League play to the Milwaukee Panthers, 88-75. The Panthers' team colors? Black and gold, the same colors as the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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