Posted by: Michael Renusz | February 7, 2011

Rodgers leads the Packers to Super Bowl win


Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 304 yards and 3 TD's

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to worry anymore, he officially has his own legacy in Green Bay. Rodgers was excellent in his first Super Bowl trip, leading the Packers to a 31-25 win over Pittsburgh. Despite facing a Pittsburgh defense that’s been tough all year, Rodgers had few problems getting the ball to his playmakers Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings. Nelson caught a 29 yard bomb in the first quarter to open the scoring, and the Packers held onto the lead the rest of the game. The Steelers had a chance to win the game with two minutes remaning, but the Packers defense held on.

As for the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger was subpar in his third Super Bowl trip. He was picked off by Nick Collins late in the first quarter and threw another interception to Jarrett Bush. He was able to recover and throw a couple of touchdowns but the early turnovers really hurt the Steelers chances. A Rashard Mendenhall fumble was also huge when it looked like the Steelers were mounting a comeback.

Roethlisberger’s troubles over the past few years made him an easy target on Twitter and message boards during the game, but luckily for him, the half time show started and everyone forgot. The Black Eyed Peas performance featuring Slash and Usher has been almost universally panned and will probably be remembered as one of the worst half time shows ever.

The biggest winner of yesterday’s game, though, is undoubtedly Rodgers. For some reason, people are hesistant to include a QB who hasn’t won a ring into elite QB territory, and while Rodgers has been playing at an elite level for a number of years (he has the highest completion % in NFL history), there will be no questions he’s a top five QB in the league and it wouldn’t be crazy to think he’s the best.  The biggest loser in this game wasn’t the Steelers, it was the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners passed up on Rodgers with the first overall pick back in the ’05 draft, taking Alex Smith instead. A year later, the Niners granted QB coach Mike McCarthy permission to interview for the Green Bay Packers head coaching position. Mike McCarthy is now a Super Bowl winning coach, while the Niners are on their third coach since ’05 (not including interms).

And did I really just write this whole column without mentioning Brett Favre? It’s safe to say Favre probably would have enjoyed last night’s game a lot more if he retired as a member of the Packers.

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