Green Bay Packers Are 2011 Super Bowl Champions

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The Lombardi Trophy is returning to Green Bay as the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV. It’s the Packers fourth Super Bowl victory and 13th overall championship.

Welcome Aaron Rodgers to the class of NFL’s elite quarterbacks because his 304 yards and three touchdowns couldn’t have been on a bigger stage or against a better defense. For his historic performance, Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP.

As expected, the battle between the league’s two most historic and storied franchises was a thriller to the end. Fitting that the Packers came out on top after persevering through some costly injuries and mental miscues, much like they  did during the regular season.

By: Nick Grays


The first half was all Packers as they entered the locker room with a 21-10 lead. But it was a trio of injuries which was of main concern entering the second half.

First, it was veteran receiver Donald Driver limping off the field with an apparent ankle injury and next Sam Shields who injured his shoulder. In the very next play, the Packers took a big blow when All-Pro Charles Woodson fell hard on his collarbone.

Momentum shifted with the first drive of the second half when Packers wide-out James Jones dropped a catch which would have most likely went for a touchdown. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense took advantage of the miscues and a banged up Packers secondary to drive down the field and cut the deficit to a mere four points on a Rashard Mendenhall rushing touchdown.

Without their heart and soul on defense in Woodson, the game became a back-and-forth affair with the Steelers getting within three points with 7:34 left in the fourth quarter.

However, the Packers didn’t let this chain of events get them down as they dealt with adversity like they’ve come accustomed to all season long. Rodgers who now has an many Super Bowl rings as the Legendary Brett Favre came up clutch in a drive lasting over five minutes to extend the Packers lead to a decisive six points late in the fourth quarter.

Facing possible immortal status, Roethlisberger was not able to play hero in this one as he failed to convert a fourth down on the Steelers final drive.

Give credit to Pat Lee and Jarrett Bush who played significant minutes for Woodson and Shields. This Packers team had arguably the greatest depth in the history of the NFL after enduring the injury plague they went through in 2010-11.

Not enough can be said about the Packers defense who was simply amazing on Sunday night. Clay Matthews was all over the place and put  his claim in for who should have won the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year Award. The actual winner Troy Polamalu was a non-factor against the Packers potent offense. Nick Collins also had a solid game with a pick-six in the first half.

Despite some agitating drops, Jordy Nelson was also a pleasant surprise with nine receptions for 140 yards and one touchdown. Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings was the recipient of Rodgers’ other two touchdown tosses.

And the best for last, let’s give a round of applause for Head Coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson for putting together one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history. Considering the talent and play-makers on this team, we may be witnessing the birth of a new dynasty in the NFL!

Are the Green Bay Packers on their way to being a new NFL dynasty or was this year simply a fluke? Is Aaron Rodgers considered an elite quarterback? Let me know your initial thoughts on the Packers fourth Super Bowl victory by commenting below!

Nick Grays is a senior editor at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Brewers. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.

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  1. children and divorce says

    By the way, I’d rather have the Packers win, but everyone seems ready to hand them the trophy already, from regular joes to the idiotic talking heads, never a good sign.

  2. Nick Grays says

    Yeah, I wouldn’t give them the trophy because it’s a daunting task to win consecutive super bowls, especially with the parity in the league today.

    However, the Packers have a super young team and players returning from the IR who will only make the team stronger.

    The big question mark will be whether Green Bay can play with a target on their backs.

  3. paulmbanks says

    It’s troubling how (it seems anyway) that after every championship the announcers and everyone else start beating the drum for “this team is poised to win more” everyone is deemed a dynasty. How about just enjoying the moment, because these people almost always end up being wrong.

    The best thing I coudl say about GB’s chances is they overcame injuries this year to get it done. They showed that they can win despite a rash of injuries and thats what the NFL is all about today. if you’re injured you’re done. if you’re healthy you’re fine

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