By KFFL Staff on January 24, 2011
Green Bay versus Pittsburgh. Two storied franchises. Two stellar young quarterbacks. Outstanding 3-4 defenses. We'll hear every storyline about this game over the next two weeks. Here are a few thoughts on Super Bowl XLV:
It'll be a battle of talent versus experience. Pittsburgh has plenty of talent, but Green Bay's talent level from top to bottom might be the best in the league. Green Bay has plenty of experience, but they haven't won two Super Bowls in the last five years.
The last time these two teams met was Week 15 last year. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 503 yards and three scores. He hit Mike Wallace as time expired for the winning touchdown, a 37-36 for the Steelers.
The Packers' secondary won't be as weak this time around. Of course, that was before watching Caleb Hanie pick them apart in the fourth quarter. Sure, he threw two picks, but he looked pretty comfortable back there.
You have to think Big Ben will have some measure of success.
On the flip side, the fast track in Dallas should help Green Bay's offense. They'll be able to spread out and attack Pittsburgh with four wideouts, similar to the way New England played the Steelers earlier this year in a 39-26 win. Green Bay should be able to drive on Pittsburgh. They won't need the big play. Rodgers showed against Atlanta and Chicago that he can lead the Packers on long drives.
At this point, I feel the game will look a lot like Green Bay's earlier playoff wins: an early lead followed by a half of holding on. Mike McCarthy should be able to set a great gameplan as he has done in the playoffs so far.
It'll then come down to outlasting one of the game's clutch quarterbacks.
I'm not sure they'll pull it off this time, but the game should make for a fantastic watch, and that's all you can really ask for. Especially if it's the last football game we see for awhile.
What are your thoughts? Will Pittsburgh be able to establish a run against Green Bay, even if Maurkice Pouncey plays? Does it matter if Green Bay won't be able to run the ball? How much will the field affect the game?
Pass on your thoughts in the comments below.