Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers defeated Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV. You may not have seen it last night, but Rodgers also defeated the shadow of Brett Favre last night. If Rodgers didn’t do enough last night, he also won the Super Bowl MVP award, which Favre never did.
The game wasn’t as great as everyone expected it to be, but it was still a good watch. It featured two of the most storied franchises in NFL history, two incredible elite quarterbacks and two top notch defenses. The Steelers known for their Steel Curtain were a little to stiff and not able to keep up with the speedy Packers. More surprising was the fact that Steelers were physically out-matched by the Packers as well.
The Packers got on top of the Steelers early with a 21-3 lead in the 2nd quarter. They were gracious enough to let the Steelers score a touchdown going into halftime to bring their lead to only 11 points. The Steelers rode that momentum by scoring in their first drive after halftime. Once that happened, I thanked the Lord, because I hate blowout Super Bowls.
Although the Steelers kept the game close, the Packers were in control the whole game. You could easily see their dominance of both lines of scrimmage. Rodgers stole the show completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards. He also threw three touchdowns and no picks.
It normally takes players ages to get the “monkey” off their back and escape the shadow of a legend. It only took Rodgers three years. He was the consensus pre-season MVP pick and Packers were the vogue pick for the Super Bowl. After a 3-3 start, those conversations quickly stopped but Rodgers and the Packers weren’t tripping. Rodgers remained steady amidst constant criticism that he couldn’t and would never equal his predecessor, Brett Favre. Rodgers shut up those critics last night and hopefully shut up the media as well.
Rest in Peace the Lambeau Legend of Brett Favre and hail the new King of Titletown, Aaron Rodgers. –Richard Boadu
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