I would say the majority of the nation, and possibly the world, knows that both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers were the two teams representing their respective conferences in Super Bowl XLV. We all also know that the Packers prevailed, defeating the Steelers 31-25.
Green Bay jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, as Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers hit wide receiver Jordy Nelson on a 29-yard pass late in the first quarter. On the ensuing possession, Packers defensive back Nick Collins returned a pass by Ben Roethlisberger for a touchdown bringing the score to 14-0.
The Steelers got on the board early in the second quarter with a field goal, but quickly fell deeper in the hole as Green Bay scored another touchdown giving them a huge 21-3 lead by the second, but the lead was cut after Pittsburgh’s first touchdown on an eight-yard reception by Hines Ward. The Cheeseheads had an eleven-point lead going into half, giving the show up to the Black Eyed Peas.
The halftime show had to be one of the worst in the history of the Super Bowl, although there were unexpected guest appearances by both Slash and Usher. Not only was the singing at the halftime show awful, Christina Aguilera botched the National Anthem.
The highlight of the performances other than the game was Lea Michele performing America the Beautiful. Luckily, there was a second half to still be played following the half time show.
After a poor first half, the Steelers got on the board first in the second half on an 8-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall; however, Green Bay managed to drive down field and put another touchdown on the board giving them a 28-17 lead. Pittsburgh managed to get within 3 points late in the third quarter following another “Big Ben” touchdown pass to wide out Mike Wallace, and converting on the two point conversion.
With less than eight minutes left in the game, all Green Bay needed was a touchdown to ice the game, but came up yards short and had to settle for a Mason Crosby field goal with 2:07 left. The game was ended shortly after Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game.
Personally, the game was anticlimactic. It had a perfect setup to be the first Super Bowl to go into overtime, which would have made the game the best in the history of the sport. The ending left fans bored, not jumping The announcers on ESPN didn’t even seem excited, and the post game shows had more talk about the Aguilera blunder than the actual game.