Super Bowl XLV Final Score: Packers 31 Steelers 25

February 7, 2011

NEW YORK – The NFL football season is officially over. The Green Bay Packers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last night 31-25 in a great game. This is a game that lived up to the hype for once. There was a sense that the Steelers could come back at any moment and there really wasn’t a feeling that the Packers had the win locked up the entire game. Ultimately, the Steelers turned the ball over way too many times. This is the Super Bowl guys, you can’t give up the ball to a solid team like that and expect things to get better. The first half of the game was owned by the Packers but not by much. It was a pretty even game the whole way through but the Packers stood strong and kept the lead the entire game. The closest the Steelers ever got to the lead was by 3 points in the second half of the game. The Steelers still had a shot in the final minutes of the 4th quarter but once again turned the ball over, sealing their loss to the Packers for good.

I would be lying if I told you this was the best Super Bowl I have seen in a while but it definitely ranks up at the top for competitiveness. For those of you keeping score, Super Bowl 42 was the greatest Super Bowl ever in my opinion. The New York Giants beating the undefeated Patriots (18-1) has to be the greatest ever. It also had the greatest play in Super Bowl history with the Manning to Tyree helmet catch, hands down the best play ever.

Super Bowl XLV was very entertaining. We have to take our hats off to the Green Bay Packers and MVP Aaron Rodgers for their performance. I am also happy that they brought the Lombardi trophy to the NFC instead of the AFC. These are small pleasures but still mean something to the big picture. The halftime show was decent but not the home run that many were looking forward to. The Black Eyed Peas were the main act and they were flanked by Slash and Usher for a couple of duets. It wasn’t the best show but it wasn’t the worst show either in my opinion. Christina Aguilera was also singled out for messing up the words to the national anthem. Ouch!

Now that the season is over, football fans are faced with the reality of the CBA talks and the possibility of a lock out in 2011. I hope everyone enjoyed the game because it may be the last football any of us see for a long time. NFL Commish Roger Goodell has his work cut out for him this year.

Did you watch Super Bowl XLV and what did you think of the game?

RD –