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GIMME 5

Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Gimme 5

Talk of the town

Five topics from Arlington, Texas, suitable for inane debate on talk radio.

The hard way: History will not recall these Packers as one of the all-time great teams, but they should be one of the all-time resilient teams. Green Bay joins the 2007 Giants and the 49ers of 1988 as the only six-loss Super Bowl champions, and it is one of three teams to win four postseason games away from home, and the only NFC No. 6 seed to win it all.

Text that: Brett Favre had a 107.54 passer rating in the 1996 postseason when the Packers last won a Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers had a 109.84 this postseason. You know, just in case you were wondering.

Biggest no-show: Prince for a Friday night concert, or Troy Polamalu for a Sunday night game?

Slippery rock: The Steelers moved the ball better but still got what they deserved. Three turnovers were turned into 21 Green Bay points. It was Pittsburgh's first three-turnover effort in 25 games.

Revenge: Polamalu got the NFL's defensive player of the year award, but Clay Matthews made the play of the year by forcing a fumble as Pittsburgh was driving toward a go-ahead score.

A list of five

Five excuses for not having 400 seats ready for ticket holders.

5. Dang it! Got confused with Super Tuesday.

4. If you want a perfect stadium, you gotta spend more than $1.2 billion.

3. Sheesh, nobody would even notice at Tropicana Field.

2. NFL perfecting its lockout techniques.

1. Too busy trying to teach Christina Aguilera the words to the national anthem.

Five bold calls

1. The Packers didn't just abandon the running game, they never even started it. They rushed only 13 times for 50 yards. It was the second-lowest rushing total for any Super Bowl winner.

2. Green Bay caught Pittsburgh off guard with a deep pass on third and 1. Jordy Nelson had single coverage and Aaron Rodgers hit him for a 29-yard score.

3. Nursing a three-point lead in the final four minutes, Green Bay did not go conservative. The Packers threw on four consecutive plays before kicking a field goal.

4. Turning Clay Matthews into a spy on Ben Roethlisberger in the second quarter. It stopped Roethlisberger's scrambling.

5. Trading Favre. It had to be said.

Five Super defensive TDs

1. Arizona was 1 yard from taking the lead when Pittsburgh's James Harrison returned an INT 100 yards in Super Bowl XLIII.

2. The Cowboys were losing 13-6 to the Bills in Super Bowl XXVIII when James Washington returned a fumble 46 yards.

3. New England was a 14-point underdog to St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXVI when Ty Law returned a pick 47 yards in a 20-17 upset.

4. Ben Roethlisberger's wobbly pass was picked off by Nick Collins and returned 37 yards Sunday.

5. Jack Squirek's 5-yard INT return in the final seconds of the first half killed Washington in a 38-9 Raiders win in Super Bowl XVIII.

Final final words

Once again, it's Titletown USA.

Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Gimme 5 02/06/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 7, 2011 12:11am]
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