Talk amongst yourselves
03 Feb 2011
Talk about the big one here: Steelers-Packers! And the Black Eyed Pe...Puppy Bowl!
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 03 Feb 2011
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09 Feb 2011, 11:32pm by
pick is in
Green Bay Pakcers 34, Pittsburgh Steellers 23
Just think G B cna do relally good number on steelers pass dfenense. Ike taylor, B. Mcafdden, Gay, and some others not grrat CBs. T. Polamaku and headhunter R. clark goood sfaties but Polamallu can be made to look foolish at times l;iek when T. Bardy play cat and mouse games with him thuis season. Sow aht if GB cnant run good. Arizona Carfs didn;t run good two yerars ago but they lamost beat Pitt in SB.
Looks like you were right on!
I didn't see green bay do that much vs the Chicago Sleepwalkercubs.
Woodley, Harrison, Polamalu and some others are all healthy, this team is not going to give up many points.
I have faith that LeBeau will call a game that will shut down the Packers for most the game.
Then Big Ben has to work his magic, the Packers will concentrate on him and it will open up for Mendenhall and co. If Wallace can be set up against some of the weaker green bay defensive backs, they can win this thing.
What say you now?
chicago defense not exaclty chopped liver and cichago in January a lot diffenrnt than inside a dome in arlington
Fair enough, but it's equally different from Heinz field in January for Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown, James Harrison, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons & Troy Polamalu.
I crack up with all this talk about GB playing so well on indoor turf. Sure they do but it's not like Pittsburgh is gonna be playing on Heinz field while GB gets to play on the turf.
it favors GB, imho. Relally think GB cna exploit Pitt seocndary. well, we will see tomorrow night. all speculation end tehn
This is a really easy pick for me, Green Bay all the way!!
With the Steelers Center injured, thats going to be huge! I know Donald Driver is probable but thats probable and will apear in some part of the game and so will Clifton if he some how doesn't start tomorrow's game.
Big Ben's Passer Rating isn't as big as he is, of 75.5 and Rodger's Passer rating of 109.2!
In this postseason the Steeler's has only beat the Packer's in two areas:
Passing: Packers-1st, Steelers- 10th
Rushing: Packers-1st, Steelers-3rd
Recieving: Packers-1st, 5th, 9th, 15th before Steelers-16th
Scoring: Packers and Steelers are tied for 1st
Returing: Packers-7th, Steelers-4th
Kicking: Packers and Steelers are tied for 5th
Punting: Packers- 3rd and Steelers- 6th
Defense: Packers- 5th and Steelers- 4th
Total Offense: Green Bay 1st, Steelers 5th
Passing Offense: Green Bay 1st, Steelers 7th
Rushing Offense: Green Bay 2nd, Steelers 4th
Recieving Offense: Green Bay 1st, Steelers 5th
First Downs: Green Bay 1st, Steelers 3rd
3rd Down Conversions: Green Bay 2nd, Steelers 4th
4th Down Conversions: Green Bay tied for 7th, Steelers tied for 3rd
(Only because Green Bay hasn't had to go for 4th Downs, just saying)
Total Defense: Green Bay 28, Steelers 31 (Regular Season)
Don't want to do all the stats for Defense, too many!
When Packers came off of a 2 week resting spot they beat the Vikings 31-3, After the Steelers came off of a bye they played against a much easier team and won by less points 28-10
With Woodson, Clifton, Matthews, Driver, Nelson, Rodgers, B.J. "the Freezer" Raji and after watching the last few weeks I have to give some credit to Hawk, this team is going to be unstoppable!
As you can see from all of these stats (came from ESPN.com) which team is a better team in this Super Bowl match-up! My prediction is obviously for the Packers 28-27! The only reason why im putting this game as close as it is, is because the Packers haven't been doing so well in the 4th quarter!
Im not saying that the Steelers are a bad team but there is no way with a passer rating as that low and Clay Matthews and Chad Clifton and your Center, your not going to win the Super Bowl, in my opionion!
Packers win Super Bowl 45!
Err..... you know the Packers have played one more game right?
As Roger notes, it looks like you're comparing total playoff production when GB has a 3 games to 2 games edge. Even with the rate stats, I don't think looking only at playoff games is a good idea. The sample size is too small and the opposition is too good. (I think a low passer rating against BAL and NYJ can be expected.) I do agree that the loss of Pouncey has a big impact, probably in the basic formations and strategy the Steelers will employ on offense.
We will see tonight!
Aaron Rodgers is like Brett Favre without the interceptions.
and the pecker pcis.
Let's wait until the guy retires before we declare him pecker pic-free.
Before this thread gets populated with nonsense I wanted to state my desire for a well played game with minimal officiating nonsense and sans injuries.
Good luck to all the participants.
Right back atcha.
What the heck is this, I'm watching Fox for Super Bowl coverage, not to hear from Obama. Come on.
WHOA PUPPY BOWL INSTEAD.
For the Hail Mary pick:
Steelers 30, Packers 27, with both teams scoring in OT.
Am I mistaken, or did she just screw up the words?
Nope, she fluffed the third and fourth lines.
That's what I thought. I wasn't paying much attention, but I could tell something wasn't right. Well, her national anthem will always be remembered!
She HAD to have done that on purpose. This is the girl that has probably done two dozen Banner renditions, after all. Twitters already blown up about it. Any publicity is good publicity, right?
She grew up near Pittsburgh and was a regular part of the Penguins' anthem rotation twenty years ago. (I don't remember thinking "here's a future star" when I heard her.)
OK, so the 'Brave' went over for those following the prop bets :D
That was *beyond* over... she totally crushed that. To the point that I think she must've laid money on herself.
Also... when did we start "watching" proudly, instead of "hailing"? Have we *really* dumbed things down to such an extent that people don't know what it means to hail something?
Deferring is a mistake! Didn't they watch the Jets!
Here's something I noticed back in week 17 that hasn't failed me yet. (We'll see if the Packers have fixed it.)
When Green Bay lines up in an offset I with 3 wide receivers, and the tight end motions across the formation right before the snap, it's ALWAYS a play action pass.
Watch, and let's see if it's not just my imagination.
Nice play by Shields defending that punt.
Aaron Rodgers throws a perfect pass to Jordy Nelson, who can't haul it in.
That Audi commercial was terrible
The commercials are pretty mean-spirited so far. Not getting the funny.
Scratch that. The truck-as-Lassie one was funny.
The Danish announcers are talking about something with the seats. Can someone elaborate?
The fire Marshall said 400 overflow seats were not safe, and 400 people got screwed out of their seat to the SuperBowl. They are receiving 3 times the face value of the ticket (so $2700) as a refund. That probably doesn't come close to compensating for the price of the trip / loss of experience. Basically, 400 people got royally screwed
Wauw. Thats insane.
1) Is that last 0.3 percent really what will keep people from evacuating?
2) Have the Stadium been to crowded all year?
3) How is that not checked right after the place was built?
4) Jerry's gotta be pissed.
5) 3x? He better pony up 10 x face value. I mean thats gotta be miniscule amounts compared to what he loses in publicity.
Also: Steelers fail is yummy.
These were temporary extra seats added to walking areas in the upper deck. Not suprised they didn't pass muster. equally suprised Jerry couldn't bribe his way out of it
NY Times has a recap. Ah, who doesn't love a bit of schadenfreude? I feel terrible for the fans who spent thousands of dollars to not watch the Super Bowl, but Jerry Jones falling flat on his face? Priceless.
Nice play by Rodgers being able to get rid of it to Jackson
Nelson atones for his earlier miss with a nice mildly acrobatic TD catch.
Hmmm, methinks GB is aware of deficiencies of Pittsburgh against #3 receivers. Beautiful throw!
5ast 5ive: The 5ast and the Five-ious.
Jordy Nelson has officially scored the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLV.
I know there was a penalty, but goodness is the GB kick coverage just terrible.
Harrison Ford is old as dirt. He should not be in action movies. Stop the madness!
Jordy Nelson was 30-1 for MVP.
I have now seen a commercial for Cowboys & Aliens and seen the trailer three times. I still don't believe it.
Looking back, do you think Nelson deserves the MVP more than Rodgers? Or perhaps Jennings more? I figured that Rodgers won MVP more or less by default, because there was no single player who stood out, so might as well give it to the QB, who did have a pretty good game.
I think Nelson would have a good case if not for those big couple of drops. He put up excellent numbers, but it did take him 15 targets to get there. Still though, considering the game Rodgers put up under extreme pressure with very little help from the running game (and considering his numbers would also have looked better if Nelson had caught those balls), I think he earned his award.
Yes, we have to keep in mind that if Nelson and Jones catch the balls that hit them in the hands Rodgers probably finishes with 400 yards and 4, maybe even 5 TDs.
It would be hard for Nelson to elevate to MVP calibre numbers without Rodgers' case for MVP not getting even stronger.
My Darling Clementine, Red River, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Once Upon a Time in the West...now this...we're going backwards...
Wow... that pick 6 was just all on Pouncey.
Yeah... I got the wrong lineman there.
Beautiful return on the pick-six!
Get ready to cry in those Terrible Towels!
Howard Green! Wow, never would have thunk that.
I still can't get over the Jets cutting Green 4 days before playing GB, and the Pack having a zillion injuries on the DL right then...Green was a major part of the Jets loss that week...talk about bad timing...great for Green, tho...
Wouldn't Ice T have been a more logical choice to promote that beverage?
Two big "hidden plays" so far:
- Steelers throwing deep on 3rd and 2 instead of running with the very effective Mendenhall. Led to punt
- Penalty on kickoff return, putting Pitt back at its 7
ref karma seattle fans???
Actually, it would be proof of more pwnage of the 'Hawks by the Packers if they're the benificiaries of said "karma".
Nice "My knee hurts, theres no way I'm running the ball"-bluff there, Ben :D
Radio says Ben tripped on seam in artificial turf. Jerry Jones probably told FOX not to show a replay.
Other than a Roethlisberger scramble, I have a hard time imagining how things could realistically have gone better for the Packers or worse for the Steelers in the first quarter.
and just think they were THIS close to recovering a muffed punt early on.
BTW- REALLY good tackling by GB
Generous spot for Sanders on the 1st down there. Sure looked to me like he ran all the way back across the 1st-down line before being touched.
GB has been tackling really well so far.
I so love getting to watch a truly great cornerback play.
The most graceful part of the game. The combination of elegance and brutality is part of what makes this game so great.
Teleflora winning best commercial so far.
I also liked the Doritos pug and resurrected grandpa ones. I do not need to see the Budweiser "Tiny Dancer" ad ever again.
Nice tackling by Pittsburgh too.
So far, Coke over Pepsi.
The Darth Vader VW ad was the biggest "That was it?" of the commercials so far.
The longer version on-line was better
That was not a hold by Heath Miller. Ref just threw the flag because the defender fell down.
He tackled Matthews. That's a flag every time.
He pushed Matthews in his chest. That's never supposed to a penalty
Am I really the only person who thinks that the Super Bowl commercials are the most overrated thing in history?
You are certainly not. If they didn't try so hard, they might be better. But I have a hard time comprehending how someone could watch the game "for the commercials."
Forcing GB to put Bush on the field is definitely a good idea for PIttsburgh.
I would tend to agree, but both teams seem like they're running out of wide receivers.
That's gonna favor Pittsburgh.
Or not. Bush gets a nice pick there!
I think it would be great if this thread was about football not commericals. Just my opinion.
Holy crap! Howard Green and Freakin Jaret Bush. Seriously, who would have thought!
FWIW, Green's been pretty good for the Packers. Was he that bad for the Jets?
No...they just thought they were OK at the position and he was no better than the guys in front of him...they needed to cut someone...like Woodhead... the Jets had lots of positions where the backups and the backups to the backups were all about the same quality...every time they had an injury, whoever filled in was acceptable...that's how they could play so many DB's against the Patriots in the playoff game, too...they were a very deep team...their cuts played for other teams, and more than just GB and NE...
And that is why Starks is playing. Brandon Jackson simply can't do that.
Christ that window was tiny.
Yep. He's been doing that a lot this year - like in the Atlanta game, and at home on a TD for Finley vs. Detroit. Absurdly good ball placement.
Jennings with some early hubris
Steelers' D needs to even up the turnovers if they want to crawl back into this.
Wow, Shields gambles and misses, and now he's hurt. That is REALLY REALLY bad for GB.
Carmax just won the Super Bowl.
What the hell did Jerry Jones put underneath the turf?? At this rate, somebody is playing both ways by the end of the game.
Cement. Somebody told him if neither team has enough players to finish the game, the Cowboys win by default.
Well, if Pittsburgh doesn't get a TD here, there's something seriously wrong. GB is currently decimated in the secondary.
Thirty-one points in the first half. Both teams may be over 200 yards by the time the half ends. Some defensive battle.
And with GB losing their entire defensive backfield, the second half could have even more.
If the Packers continue losing DBs, yes, we go back to the '09 shootout. That would be an odd (and frankly, undesirable) second half, IMO.
It's disappointing that the game won't be won straight up and instead it's a battle of attrition.
Wooo, touchdown. Did I mention I have steelers 0 and Packers 1 in my super bowl pool?
Somebody tell me when halftime is over, please.
Given the state of the GB secondary, it's good the length of a typical SB halftime runs at least a half hour. Plus, GB gets the ball first unless Pittsburgh tries an onside kick. That couldn't happen two years in a row, could it.
Frankly, if both are lost for the game, I don't see any way GB can win. Pitt will score every single time. Even if one of Shields/Woodson comes back, it's going to be tough for GB to stop them.
I'm not feeling good about GB's chances at all right now.
Up by 11 at the half and getting the ball first in the second half against a team QB playing a hurt QB and missing its third receiver and second CB, and you don't like their chances?
No, I don't. Bush made a nice play while in safety-type coverage, but he is a terrible, terrible coverage guy. Pat Lee, obviously, is no better. There's a good chance the defense will crumble as they did last year against Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh looks terrible.
I don't know what will be more annoying. Pittsburgh winning or Steeler fans complaining of the media discussing the GB injuries and the role that played on the Steelers winning the game.
Either way, the Steelers fans will be annoying, so I'll go with choice A being the most annoying.
oh god why am i watching this please kill me now i'd change the halftime show to something else but i can't believe it's actually this horrible i'd like to die now
Because Axl Rose will be so P.O.'ed Slash and Fergie did "Sweet Child of Mine", I'm glad I watched.
Fergie made Axl Rose's voice sound good by comparison.
We watched 4 seconds of it before changing the channel again and no. She doesn't.
So what point will we get top frontal nudity in a SB halftime show?
Seven years ago.
This halftime show is so much better while muted.
Man, this halftime show is a train wreck.
And now they're doing a Dirty Dancing song? Are they trying to piss of Patrick Swayze's ghost??
Emcee Sage Francis on Facebook: "Dear Black Eyed Peas,
you can get 200 people to do the running man, but you can't choreograph a soul into your body."
I actually thought that was pretty enjoyable, as halftime shows go, except that the sound levels seemed completely messed up.
My 11-year-old son tells me that the Dirty Dancing song is really popular right now (I'm guessing some new version, but I don't know).
If not for GB injuries in the secondary, how much of a rout would this be right now? (IMO: a pretty big one.)
If the wounded for GB don't return, how much of a track meet is this going to become? (Quite possibly a very high-scoring one.)
Word is Shields has his pads on and looks like he's going to give it a go. No word on Woodson yet.
I'm impressed with myself. I did not turn the tv back on too early and end up having to see a few seconds of halftime.
Emmanuel Sanders is apparently out for the game.
Woodson out. Wow. That is just a huge, huge blow.
Packers called for a penalty!
Just a huge third down here.
And Jones drops a TD...... It's going to be a four point game soon.
Gah. And Gah! again for the faux-penalty.
Wouldn't feel right without a Jones-drop.
Wow... phantom facemask.
Looks like the refs are trying to guarantee a competitive game regardless of reality.
and a phantom facemask penalty.........
James Jones has no shame.
I guess that at halftime they told the officials to get to work.
I don't understand how a ref can call facemask unless he actually sees a facemask being grabbed. And I"m a Steelers fan.
Steelers fans will not be permitted to complain about officiating if they lose.
Woodson probably makes that play if he's blitzing and not Bush.
Shit through a tin horn.
Now with a deuce the game is a push and the bookies go nuts.
Never mind. </Litella>
Steelers are going to be up three soon......
Belivers in momentum can go ahead and pick the Steelers.
All you have to believe is No Woodson, No Shields = TD every time.
Big Ben is about to become as good a QB as Brady after he wins this Super Bowl.
Is it just me, or was that Groupon commercial in really bad taste?
Not just you, believe me. "Wildly tone-dea" would be one way to describe it.
Really bad taste. Up next a Javanese restaurant commercial featuring a tsunami.
Rodgers is getting no help whatsoever.
Every successful Pittsburgh run is a run inside that gets bounced outside. Runs to the outside against Green Bay's defense, I swear I read that somewhere...
Woodson would normally be there making that play where Moore bounced it outside.
Yes, an important point.
GB must score on this possession.
There's the stop the Packers' D needed to get. Now Rodgers has to go into score-fest mode. It's there if the wideouts can make the plays.
I swear, Frank Zombo getting a sack off Flozell Adams should embarrass the big man. FZ looked shocked to see Ben still standing there with the ball in his hands, and Adams didn't even try to catch up.
He ain't Clay Matthews, big man. Pick him up! (And I say this as a Packer fan.
That was a coverage sack.
WHY does GB run the stretch zone to the play to the short side of field? It loses yardage so often......
Why wasn't that a penalty? He chucked the guy while the ball was in the air.
The steelers are backing off - makes it a lot harder to complete those short passes.
GB is just imploding.
Bad by Williams, but it should seriously be illegal for the kicking team to force a player into the ball on a punt.
I was upset with Williams for even being within 15 yards of the ball. GET AWAY FROM IT!!!!!!
Total BS call. You don't call that in the Super Bowl. Unless it's Pittsburgh or the Steelers.
They should challenge that. Pack receiver down by contact
Every call for Pittsburgh this half. Anyone surprised?
This would be a terrible challenge. That wasn't a catch.
It's not a real Packers game until McCarthy makes a questionable challenge.
They are not going to win this challenge.
The non down by contact seems clear to me. I'm not sure about the control and fumble vs no control part. But say it's a fumble. They blew it dead and anything after the whistle is a non-play. How do you determine who gets the ball?
Has he ever disagreed with the officials over a close call?
Yes, but it is a rarity.
Periera is a complete idiot. He didn't have it long enough? Really? Because the rule is you have to have the ball for exactly how long?
Hmm, maybe the officials will overrule a Steelers-friendly call in the second half of a close...no, I can't keep a straight face.
(For the record, I accept that it wasn't a catch).
Receiver caught the ball and turned before he was touched by any defender.
I'm just not seeing how this can be called a non-catch. The referees are not even explaining their logic.
Wow. The refs just screwed over the Packers on the no-catch ruling.
I disagree. I don't like the rule either, but they've been calling that incomplete all year. At least they're consistent.
Pittsburgh fans have nothing to compalain about with the officiating.
They will anyway.
He caught it, turned upfield and then it came loose. Remember the 'football move' rule? The NFL doesn't have a clue what a complete pass is anymore.
Common sense tells me that should be a catch and fumble. My understanding of the rules are that it's incomplete. As Calvin Johnson will confirm, common sense is worthless in interpreting the NFL rulebook.
Explain how your understanding of the rules means that wasn't a catch. What about the "football move" language? Didn't we just witness a catch and a football move?
I thought they got rid of the football move language, or that it was never part of the rules.
That is correct. There is no longer "football move" in the rules. they now have to hold onto the ball long enough to establish possession. Whatever that means.
Come on guys they've been calling those incomplete all year. Stupid rule, but it's consistent.
So. Since Pittsburgh's been down 21-3, 6 penalties on Packers. Zero on the Steelers. Every close call has gone Pittsburgh's way. The NFL just can't help itself.
Seriously, just shut up with your stupid conspiracy theories. I'm a Packer fan and I want you to just shut the hell up already.
It's stupid. Stop.
Slapping a player in the head is a close call? Ineligible player downfield is a close call?
He didn't say "every penalty was a close call." He said, "no penalties called on the Steelers, AND every close call favors the Steelers."
If all the calls are on the Packers, than of course the close calls will favor the Steelers.
The problem with the statement, though, is it implies that the Steelers "comeback" was caused by the refs, and not by the Packers imploding.
The facemask was a blown call.
Do you understand the difference between "every close call has gone Pittsburgh's way" and "every call that has gone Pittsburgh's way was a close call?"
I'm just questioning the premise that mental error penalties must be even among teams.
Are you totally drunk? Let me refer to the term 'and'. It's very complicated. Look it up.
And now, on the second punt because of penalty, Swain gets obviously held in the replay. It's a flag even if it's not effective. How much do money do the refs have on Pitt anyway?
That might be a game-saver for the Packers right there.
Nice recovery by the Packers. Can't flag that!
...wondering whatever happened to that FireOmarTomlin guy. Haven't heard from him in a couple weeks.
Didn't he get banned a few weeks ago?
Did he? I didn't notice. Wouldn't be surprised.
On 01/15/2011, at 4:53 PM.
Bill Barnwell temporarily became the most popular person at FO.
I have to confess, that even though he got on my nerves, I found myself missing
him today. I hope that they are successful in defibrillating him after this
Again Nelson follows a drop with a redeeming big play!
Not a bad ratio, actually.
I think Nelson's trying hard to be MVP. He has to (a) have really great numbers, and (b) keep Rodgers from having really great numbers. It's quite the balancing act.
Hines Ward's sabotaging of Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL has been largely forgotten.
Come on GB! Just hold on.............
Again, the difference between Bush and Woodson. He could make that tackle on Wallace.
I guess Flo's hold was too blatant not to call. As a Cowboy fan, I appreciate the flashback.
Ummm. That wasn't the hold they called, Troy.
Oh it wasn't? I was thinking that phantom hold on Adams made up for the facemask. Too bad the replay guy was listening to Troy and not the ref.
Well I saw a Packer pass rusher pulled to the ground from behind. It seemed flag-worthy.
Yeah. I went back and looked at the replay to make sure. It was a blatant wrestling take down from behind to save your quarterback kind of penalty. I have no idea how Troy Aikman didn't see it.
I totally believe it. The Steelers o-line holding isn't a surprise. I was just thinking that when I thought the play Troy and the replay highlighted was the call, I didn't see it.
Yeah, I like how Joe and Troy explained that the refs must have gotten the uniform number wrong and then proceeded to show us something other than the penalty that had been whistled.
GB looked so confused on that conversion.
OK Rodgers, go make your legacy.
All the Steelers' PATs are scored by former Redskins.
House wins best ad.
If the Packers lose this due to more injuries in a year of injuries, after getting three turnovers so far, I'm going to be very disappointed.
I don't think DVOA is going to be very kind to either team.
Huge third down conversion. They need a TD. I don't think the GB defense can hold.
Steelers safety caught going for the pick instead of covering Jennings. Huge for the Pack.
Jennings is just a beast. I wonder, would Driver have had all Nelsons yards if he was in there?
Come on GB. You need this TD.....
They really did. I don't see the Packers winning this one now. Hope I'm wrong.
Nelson had an MVP in his hands that time
Should you go for it there?
This is shaping up to end just like the game last year.......... I'm a wreck.
No miracle this year!
Is that really it? Really?
6-seeds are now 2-0 in the Super Bowl.
Congrats to the Packers.
Gratz to the Pack.
YES! Brett WHO?
I don't recall his name coming up all broadcast. So much for the over on that bet.
Congrats to the Packers and their fans. Heckuva draining game.
Now the part that worries me is that we're going to hear about Rodgers's predecessor all offseason. Well, until people finally start realizing that there's going to be no football next year.
I didn't hear the name "Favre" once during the game.
I think he's referring to Brett Favre, former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Oh, yeah. He won a Super Bowl, didn't he?
He's one of football's all-time great quarterbacks. I can understand frustration at the rather graceless way he's leaving the league, but I think he earned more from Green Bay fans than to be mocked and then forgotten.
Fans of other teams should absolutely mock him, though...
But Packer fans knew three years ago what everyone else knows now. He's also one of football's all-time great douchebags.
Didn't FOA pick GB?
They picked GB to win the NFC, FWIW.
What happened to the Steelers at the end? They looked totally lost. Ben Rothisburger needed to get his team on the same page. You can't have receivers not knowing the play in a two minute offense.
They imploded on a few plays and then Tramon Williams made a good play at the end. The MVP should be Tramon Williams. He figured out on the opening drive that the refs were going to allow a lot of contact, and he just proceeded to maul wide receivers for the next four quarters.
OH MY GOD IT WUZ TEH REFS
Didn't Pitt have a timeout left before that 4th down? They should have used it; when players come out of the huddle confused and lining up in the wrong places, that's a sign that the play probably isn't going to work.
Wallace was confused on the third down play, not the fourth down play (lined up on the left side on fourth down, right side on third).
That was mostly a good game.
I wish there would have been fewer injuries, and I don't think the Steelers played particularly well overall. I look forward to seeing what DVOA has to say in that respect, but I think it could have been a much better game.
Best of luck to everyone next year, and thank you to all the hard work that goes into making FO a great site.
My guess is DVOA gives a slight edge to the Steelers, as Green Bay recovered both fumbles, and got a touchdown off an Int return.
Congratulations to the Packers and their fans.
Heh. Twitter is listing trends that include:
and Omar Epps.
Looks like the wider world has just discovered what FireOmarTomlin already knew.
I love how they have to have this pompous ceremony as though we don't all know it's going to be Rodgers who wins the MVP.
My vote would be Tramon Williams, but I think he has the same chance of winning the MVP that I do.
Real SuperBowl MVP: Ted Thompson.
Totally. That being said, the Super Bowl MVP is the "Winning QB Unless Somebody Has A Really Exceptional Game" award.
Jordy Nelson should be glad he didn't catch that last TD and possibly win the MVP, as he'd have almost invariably wound up having to play for the Raiders.
Agreed re: the MVP award.
Gotta confess that I am surprised that the Packers won without getting to Ben more often.
Me too. I had considered putting money on Clay Matthews as MVP figuring the way they'd win was by sacking Rothlesberger.
I have spent a fair amount of time celebrating with family and friends.
And now I will smile at some fans located northwest of GB who are grinding their collective teeth
People in Howard and Suamico should be Packers fans.
I will confess that the "QB on the winning team gets MVP unless he REALLY stinks or someone else has a monster game" is pretty lame, but does anyone really think Aaron Rodgers didn't deserve it? He only made a few bad throws that I saw, and Pitt was carving up the GB defense for series at a time. Tramon Williams didn't even get one of the picks, and he probably would have needed 2 with a TD to get an MVP.
Sure, Rodgers had a good game, but it was more efficient than exceptional. It still feels like he won by default.
If his receivers had helped him out a little he'd have thrown for over 400 yards.
He was almost perfect, it was exceptional. He just happened to have a lot of big drops so the stats don't look exceptional. One of the better overall super bowl performances by a QB.
I agree that Rodgers is a good pick, but Matt Snell, Reggie White, and Justin Tuck were all snubbed in favor of more high-profile players. Football writers don't necessarily know football better than some fans.
To Brett, Chili, Ziggy, Tony Kornheiser, Skip Brainless, and all the rest (you know who you are): smooches. To the Steelers' fans and organization: congrats on another fine season. I suspect this won't be the last time these two teams meet in a Super Bowl.
So, how long until the 3-4 becomes the new Tampa-2 - the "new new thing", the defense that every owner wants his coaches to run?
It already has.
2 years ago?
Congrats to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers, both very deserving. Rodgers' quick release and accuracy was tremendous. People will blame Roethlisberger and Mendenhall for the three turnovers, but I thought that all 3 turnovers were the result of great defensive plays. Just a great game by the Packers. Congrats. (from a lifelong Steelers fan)
The worst part about the game was the fact that Troy Aikman was calling it. Nobody can make an exciting game sound boring like Aikman. By the way he was talking about the game, you would have thought the Steelers were winning the whole time! After halftime when he was talking about what needs to happen in the second half, he spent (literally) the entire time talking about the Steelers, as if the Packers weren't even there, never mind the inconvenient fact that they were up 21-10! I find Aikman unbearable. When Hines Ward makes a nice play, Aikman gushes, "he's been excellent all night, really dominating!" When Jordy Nelson makes a nice play, Aikman says, "he's had a busy night."
Fox's coverage of the game was terrible. Their slow-motion replays added no useful information, and the shots they chose were mostly random and uninteresting. They almost never showed Mike McCarthy (probably because he's not so good looking, to put it nicely), and every time they showed Aaron Rodgers they made sure his face took up only a tiny portion of the screen.
Perhaps I'm spoiled by the superb coverage they do over at NBC, but Fox looks like a bunch of amateurs, and extremely biased amateurs at that.
A few comments about the game and my experience:
I think Rodgers played both better and worse than his final numbers indicate, looking lost and unstoppable at different stretches of the game. However, if anybody has a suggestion for a better MVP, I would consider your argument. Though, in this game, I am not sure if there is one.
If the Steelers won, literally nobody from their team seemed very "MVP-like," so I could have seen any number of non-Ben candidates winning. If Ben won, I would have given up football altogether.
When that facemask happened, all of the Steelers fans in the area yelled "Good flag." They all then proceeded to blow vuvuzelas and various airhorns. They also spent most of the first half blowing these objects in the ears of the Packers fans, and cheering when the entire Packers secondary got hurt.
If anybody calls this a sloppy game, I am not sure why. Since I have already seen that, I pose the following: WTF?
Tramon Williams is an amazing player, but we all knew that. Dom Capers is an amazing coordinator, and most of us knew that. Other than a brief stretch in the third quarter, neither of them showed weakness.
Stonehands. Nothing more.
My employer is HQed in Pittsburgh so I have been to many Pirates, Steelers and Penguins games and I've found Pittsburgh sports fans to be extremely polar in their behavior...either disarmingly nice, hospitable and friendly or complete bastards.
Weird phenomenon that other non-Pitt based co-workers have also noticed.
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