Super Bowl XLV
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 31–25 in Super Bowl XLV. The game was played on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP. The broadcast of the game on Fox averaged about 111 million viewers, breaking the record for the most-watched program in American television history.
About Super Bowl XLV in brief
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by the score of 31–25 in Super Bowl XLV. The game was played on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The halftime show featured the American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, with additional performances by Usher and Slash. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. The broadcast of the game on Fox averaged about 111 million viewers, breaking the record for the most-watched program in American television history. The Steelers had one of the league’s top defenses, leading the NFL in sacks and fewest points and rushing yards allowed per game, while ranking second in fewest total yards. The secondary was led by pro safety Troy Polamalu, who won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, tying his career-best seven interceptions and returning them for 101 yards and a touchdown. Coach Tomlin became the youngest coach ever to make it to the Super Bowl twice at the age of 38, and the youngest to win a Super Bowl ever to be the coach of both the Steelers and the Packers. The Packers became the first 6-seed team in the NFC to compete in the Superbowl, after posting a 10–6 regular season record. The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the regular season with a 12–4 record, and advanced to a league-tying 8th Super Bowl appearance. They earned the AFC North division title and the second seed in the AFC andAdvanced to their 8thSuper Bowl, tying the Dallas Cowboys’ record of most Super Bowl appearances.
After missing the first four games of the year on suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned for his seventh season as the Steelers starting quarterback, finishing the season with 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns, with just five interceptions, for a 97 passer rating. Halfback Rashard Mendenhall was the team’s leading rusher, gaining 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns while also catching 23 passes. The line was anchored by pro bowl end Brett Keisel, the Steelers only pro bowl selection on offense. However, Pouncey was injured in AFC championship game and would be inactive for Super BowlXLV. The Steelers also had four excellent linebackers: LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison, James Farrior, and Lawrence Timmons. For the third consecutive year, Woodley and Harrison each recorded at least 10 sacks. The team’s top receiver was Mike Wallace who caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards and 10 touchdowns, giving him a 21 yards per catch average. He also rushed for 176 yards and two touchdowns, but would be unavailable for the game due to injury. The NFL owners voted to select the North Texas site on May 22, 2007. The Super Bowl attendance was 103,219, just short of the Super Super Bowl record 103,985 set in Superbowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.