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Monday Morning Aftermath: The Green Bay Packers Are Super Bowl Champions

February 7, 2011
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The Green Bay Packers are world champions. The Lombardi Trophy is coming back to Titletown after a 31-25 victory over the the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Man Up

With 15 players on injured reserve, “Next Man Up” has been the Packers’ unofficial motto all season long. Fittingly, the team destined to become champions of Super Bowl XLV lost two key players to injury in the first half. An injury-replacement player himself, linebacker Desmond Bishop, summed up the Packers’ team identity nicely.

“That’s who we are,” Bishop said. “And it’s who we’ve been all season. If you’re the next man up, you’re expected to find your helmet and find a way.”

Donald Driver went down early with an ankle injury and cornerback Charles Woodson broke his collar bone. Both players are locker room leaders, and Woodson was so emotional during halftime that he couldn’t even finish his speech.

If I would have told you that backup cornerbacks Jarrett Bush and Pat Lee would play significant time in the Super Bowl, would you have given the Packers a chance? How about if I told you that Jarrett Bush would have a key interception; would you still believe me? Well, it all happened, and it’s been that sort of year for the Packers. No matter which number is sewn on your jersey, the coaching staff expects you to take the field and perform just as well as the guy in front of you. And perform they did. In Driver’s absence, wide receiver Jordy Nelson recorded 9 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown, breaking a Packers’ Super Bowl record for receiving yards set by the legendary Max McGee back in Super Bowl I.

Win The Turnover Battle, Win The Game

Jarrett Bush redeemed himself in a big way. The last time these two teams met, Bush’s interception was negated due to penalty, and he never got the chance to play the hero. Super Bowl XLV was a different story. Bush came up with a big interception — one of three Pittsburgh turnovers — that Aaron Rodgers and the offense cashed in for 7 points.

In fact, all three Pittsburgh turnovers resulted in 21 points for the Packers. As big as Bush’s pick was, it was overshadowed by Nick Collins early pick-6 and Clay Matthews forced fumble of Rashard Mendenhall late in the game. The usually sure-handed Mendenhall only fumbled twice in the regular season and twice in the playoffs.

And the Packers? They had zero turnovers, which brings me to the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLV…

MVP

After the game, I wondered who the MVP would be. I thought maybe Greg Jennings for his 2 touchdown grabs and his big third-and-long reception to keep the Packers’ hopes alive on their final clock-killing drive. I thought maybe Jordy Nelson for his record performance. But I was wrong, and a deserving Aaron Rodgers was named the game’s most valuable player.

It’s easy to look past Rodgers’ performance because the Packers demand so much of him. He didn’t record the best performance of his life, but his final tally was fantastic. Going 24-for-39 passing for 304 yards, 3 touchdowns, and zero interceptions is a great Super Bowl performance. I can think of one instance where Rodgers made a poor throw. And had his receiving corps not dropped 6 passes, Rodgers numbers would have been astronomical.

Elite Company

Head coach Mike McCarthy joins some pretty elite company as a Super Bowl winning coach of the Green Bay Packers. The only other Packers’ coaches to do that were named Lombardi and Holmgren. McCarthy said after the game that he drives down “Holmgren Way” on his way to work every day. And if he continues to prepare his players as he did all season, he’ll have his own street sign before he knows it.

Final Thought

How fitting was it that the unsung hero of the defense, Tramon Williams, broke up a pass on 4th-and-5 to seal the victory?

 

Go celebrate Green Bay, you deserve it.

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35 Comments leave one →
  1. J Roycroft permalink
    February 7, 2011 10:13 am

    Good job-Congrats on making FP

  2. February 7, 2011 10:44 am

    It was a fun Superbowl Sunday! Thanks for the recap 🙂

  3. February 7, 2011 10:45 am

    i mean…karma played a role as well, serving big ben, right? well thought out post and congrats on FP!

  4. February 7, 2011 10:46 am

    I don’t know anything about football and don’t watch it, but GO GREENBAY!

  5. February 7, 2011 10:46 am

    Go Pack!

  6. February 7, 2011 10:54 am

    It was a Super Bowl to remember, certainly. I’m sure there are many happy people in the land of the frozen tundra today! 🙂

  7. February 7, 2011 11:12 am

    loved the commercials :D:D

  8. February 7, 2011 11:17 am

    I couldn’t believe they really won 😦 It was a great game though!

  9. February 7, 2011 11:19 am

    Wow, so excited that a post on the game made it to FP. I am in Green Bay and watched the game with friends. We were hoarse at the end of the game but smiling not crying. Today is the big welcome home celebration, the town is nuts!!!

  10. February 7, 2011 11:23 am

    To be honest, I’m a Colts fan so my heart wasn’t as into last night’s game as it has been in previous years. However, any team that beats the Steelers (and, most importantly, Roethlisberger) is ok in my books. 😉

    Thanks for the game recap!

  11. February 7, 2011 11:31 am

    Go Packers!!! Was rooting for them all along!

  12. nearlynormalized permalink
    February 7, 2011 11:47 am

    Aaron Rogers and the the Pack…Great game–I won some $’s with the men playing so well. Over and beat the point spread!!!! Aaron has similar looking eyes as Ellen Degeneres…She was rooting for Green Bay all the way. Mr. Rogers you will be a welcome site on the Ellen Show.

  13. February 7, 2011 11:55 am

    I don’t want to be anal but could you also do a recap of the Puppy Bowl. I missed the entire game and only saw CB get dubbed as MVP and the highlights from the kitty halftime show. I was told that it was better than the super bowl halftime that featured lip-syncing robots.

  14. February 7, 2011 12:25 pm

    Nice post and congrats on the Freshly Pressed! I’m a Ravens fan, therefore I root against the Steelers in all circumstances. Great to see the Pack win. You can check out some other sports related posts on my page if you’re interested.

  15. February 7, 2011 1:17 pm

    I am a Steelers fan (have been for a while) however I could not be mad at Packers, it was a good win and they deserved it.

  16. February 7, 2011 1:38 pm

    Well my psychic told me that a team wearing green would win the Super Bowl, and I immediately thought it to be my hometown NY J-E-T-S. Wrong shade of green, and after they fell to the Steelers, I KNEW that The Pack would be back with the trophy. And that is why I don’t feel totally like “Misterr. Loser” A good game and finale to the season – except I wish it was played outside in the elements!

  17. February 7, 2011 1:38 pm

    Love the SuperBowl. Great post! – Thank you!
    I did a post on superbowl fun facts last week, you might like it…. http://www.countoncross.com

    • September 21, 2011 3:58 am

      I just hope whoever writes these keeps wiritng more!

  18. jackngood permalink
    February 7, 2011 1:56 pm

    I really enjoyed the steeler getting their butt whoop.

    I’m really glad for all those hatters hatten on the packers. The packers really showed. now who gets it next year, I guess it time for your team to try again.

  19. shojaei12 permalink
    February 7, 2011 2:32 pm

    The Packer’s earned it. Awesome post!!

  20. February 7, 2011 3:06 pm

    Great game…great post…the way you laid it all out was very entertaining & informative. Congrats to the Packers! Still has to feel weird to McCarthy beating the Steelers & being from there!

  21. February 7, 2011 3:09 pm

    A great game and so happy the Packers pulled off the big “V”!

  22. February 7, 2011 3:49 pm

    Great summary. Great game! Canada loves the Pack!
    (At least this Canadian does…)

  23. February 7, 2011 4:28 pm

    I love the super bowl, it’s like Christmas and lime Jello.

  24. February 7, 2011 4:33 pm

    Only this lime JEllo could melt my Pet

  25. February 7, 2011 5:34 pm

    Yay! Green Bay!

  26. February 7, 2011 6:12 pm

    So happy for Aaron Rodgers and Charles Woodson!

  27. February 7, 2011 7:02 pm

    Go Pack Go!! Awesome game, awesome guys and awesome win!!!

  28. February 7, 2011 8:58 pm

    Thanks for the recap. It’s a welcome change since everybody was just talking about Aguilera’s blunder.

  29. February 8, 2011 3:51 am

    Good riddance to the entire football season with its over-hyped nonsense-see my blog for
    a more elaborate explanation! Bring on baseball, spring training and ugh authenticity.
    The thugs of the NFL will hopefully be shut down for a couple of years.

    Solander1

  30. February 8, 2011 4:46 am

    It’s interesting to see a topic on sport on FP.

  31. February 8, 2011 10:20 am

    Well, I am happy for the Packers despite living in Bears country. Maybe now they can shed the Farve stench for good.

  32. February 8, 2011 11:55 am

    Nice story, and it was a great season for the Packers. Turnovers were the big key to their victory in Super Bowl XLV.

  33. April 7, 2011 3:40 am

    It was a Super Bowl to remember, certainly. I’m sure there are many happy people in the land of the frozen tundra today!

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