The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV and are taking the trophy named after their legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, back to Green Bay. Congratulations to the Packers organization and the game’s MVP Aaron Rodgers!
This game held true to the saying that defense wins championships and offense sells tickets. In my opinion, the Packers’ underrated defense fueled the team’s victory. They dominated the first half of the game. They kept Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense off the field and limited them to just a field goal. As a result, the Packers were up 21 – 3 at half-time.
During the second half of the game, the Steelers fought hard to come back. By the fourth quarter, they were within a field goal. With the score, 28 - 25, the Packers offense could not get a touchdown, so they settled for a field goal. The Steelers had a little over 2 minutes to get a touchdown and extra point to win the game. The Packers defense stopped them and the game was over.
Green Bay’s defense rocked! Yet, the MVP honors went to an offensive player.
I am not taking anything away from the brilliant game that Aaron Rodgers had. He threw for over 300 yards and had 3 touchdown passes. However, two of those touchdowns were the result of a turnover. Jarrett Bush’s interception and Clay Matthew’s forced fumble that was recovered by Desmond Bishop led to touchdowns. This does not include the interception that Nick Collins returned for a touchdown.
In addition to this, their leader and veteran cornerback, Charles Woodson, was on the sideline for the second half of the game. Woodson broke his left collarbone in the 2nd quarter. Green Bay’s Defensive Coordinator, Dom Capers, had to make adjustments and use a couple of backup players to fill this huge vacancy. Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee stepped up and covered the position usually handled by a 7-time Pro Bowl player. Despite the challenges, this defense got it done. Therefore, because of their tenacity and big stops, the 2nd Heels & Helmets® Super Bowl REAL GAME CHANGER AWARD goes to the Packers Defense. Congratulations!
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