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03 Feb 2011

Super Bowl XLV Open Discussion

Talk about the big one here: Steelers-Packers! And the Black Eyed Pe...Puppy Bowl!

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 03 Feb 2011

282 replies , Last at 09 Feb 2011, 11:32pm by tuluse

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by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 02/05/2011 - 3:30pm

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.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:47am

Looks like you were right on!

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by Theo :: Sat, 02/05/2011 - 4:48pm

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.

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by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:37am

What say you now?

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by justanothersteve :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 9:27am

Thanks RJ.

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by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 02/05/2011 - 9:27pm

chicago defense not exaclty chopped liver and cichago in January a lot diffenrnt than inside a dome in arlington

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by troycapitated p... :: Sat, 02/05/2011 - 11:05pm

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.

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by bward (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:45am

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.

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by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 1:02am

it favors GB, imho. Relally think GB cna exploit Pitt seocndary. well, we will see tomorrow night. all speculation end tehn

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by NFL PICKS (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 3:49am

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!

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by RogerMellie :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:43am

Err..... you know the Packers have played one more game right?

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by 'nonymous (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:39am

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!

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by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 6:19am

Aaron Rodgers is like Brett Favre without the interceptions.

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by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 12:45pm

and the pecker pcis.

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by kamchatka (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 4:54am

Let's wait until the guy retires before we declare him pecker pic-free.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 3:49pm

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.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 6:25pm

Hear hear!

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by Jerry :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 6:35pm

Right back atcha.

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by frvwfr2 :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 5:54pm

What the heck is this, I'm watching Fox for Super Bowl coverage, not to hear from Obama. Come on.

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by frvwfr2 :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 5:57pm

WHOA PUPPY BOWL INSTEAD.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:15pm

Go Pack!

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:23pm

For the Hail Mary pick:

Steelers 30, Packers 27, with both teams scoring in OT.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:24pm

Am I mistaken, or did she just screw up the words?

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:27pm

Nope, she fluffed the third and fourth lines.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:29pm

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!

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by masoch (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:33pm

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?

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by Jerry :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:59am

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.)

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by TimK :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:24pm

OK, so the 'Brave' went over for those following the prop bets :D

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by masoch (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:29pm

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?

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by Paul a. (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:31pm

Deferring is a mistake! Didn't they watch the Jets!

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by Pat Swinnegan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:38pm

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.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:39pm

Nice play by Shields defending that punt.

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by The Human Spider :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:45pm

Aaron Rodgers throws a perfect pass to Jordy Nelson, who can't haul it in.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:45pm

That Audi commercial was terrible

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:52pm

The commercials are pretty mean-spirited so far. Not getting the funny.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:59pm

Scratch that. The truck-as-Lassie one was funny.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:53pm

The Danish announcers are talking about something with the seats. Can someone elaborate?

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:57pm

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

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:00pm

Ouch.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:07pm

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.

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by scottybsun (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:32pm

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

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by John (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:46pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:59pm

Nice play by Rodgers being able to get rid of it to Jackson

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:01pm

Nelson atones for his earlier miss with a nice mildly acrobatic TD catch.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:01pm

Hmmm, methinks GB is aware of deficiencies of Pittsburgh against #3 receivers. Beautiful throw!

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:02pm

5ast 5ive: The 5ast and the Five-ious.

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by The Human Spider :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:01pm

Jordy Nelson has officially scored the first touchdown of Super Bowl XLV.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:04pm

I know there was a penalty, but goodness is the GB kick coverage just terrible.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:06pm

Harrison Ford is old as dirt. He should not be in action movies. Stop the madness!

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:06pm

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.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:40am

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.

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by ddb4 :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:43am

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.

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by Arkaein :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 2:14am

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.

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by Jon Silverberg (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 7:19pm

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...

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by Pat Swinnegan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:07pm

Wow... that pick 6 was just all on Pouncey.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:09pm

Huh?

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by Pat Swinnegan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:10pm

Yeah... I got the wrong lineman there.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:07pm

Beautiful return on the pick-six!

Get ready to cry in those Terrible Towels!

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:08pm

Howard Green! Wow, never would have thunk that.

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by Jon Silverberg (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 7:23pm

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...

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by Pat Swinnegan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:09pm

Wouldn't Ice T have been a more logical choice to promote that beverage?

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by scottybsun (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:13pm

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???

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:18pm

Actually, it would be proof of more pwnage of the 'Hawks by the Packers if they're the benificiaries of said "karma".

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:15pm

Nice "My knee hurts, theres no way I'm running the ball"-bluff there, Ben :D

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:17pm

Radio says Ben tripped on seam in artificial turf. Jerry Jones probably told FOX not to show a replay.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:19pm

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.

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by scottybsun (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:23pm

and just think they were THIS close to recovering a muffed punt early on.

BTW- REALLY good tackling by GB

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:21pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:23pm

GB has been tackling really well so far.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:24pm

I so love getting to watch a truly great cornerback play.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:28pm

The most graceful part of the game. The combination of elegance and brutality is part of what makes this game so great.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:25pm

Teleflora winning best commercial so far.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:30pm

I also liked the Doritos pug and resurrected grandpa ones. I do not need to see the Budweiser "Tiny Dancer" ad ever again.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:31pm

Nice tackling by Pittsburgh too.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:32pm

So far, Coke over Pepsi.

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:34pm

The Darth Vader VW ad was the biggest "That was it?" of the commercials so far.

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by scottybsun (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:40pm

The longer version on-line was better

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:36pm

That was not a hold by Heath Miller. Ref just threw the flag because the defender fell down.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:41pm

He tackled Matthews. That's a flag every time.

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by MurphyZero :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:46pm

He pushed Matthews in his chest. That's never supposed to a penalty

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:37pm

Am I really the only person who thinks that the Super Bowl commercials are the most overrated thing in history?

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by Bucephalus (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:40pm

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."

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:17am

+1

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:38pm

Forcing GB to put Bush on the field is definitely a good idea for PIttsburgh.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:41pm

I would tend to agree, but both teams seem like they're running out of wide receivers.

That's gonna favor Pittsburgh.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:42pm

Maybe not.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:42pm

Or not. Bush gets a nice pick there!

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:40pm

I think it would be great if this thread was about football not commericals. Just my opinion.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:42pm

Holy crap! Howard Green and Freakin Jaret Bush. Seriously, who would have thought!

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:46pm

FWIW, Green's been pretty good for the Packers. Was he that bad for the Jets?

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by Jon Silverberg (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 9:00pm

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...

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:44pm

And that is why Starks is playing. Brandon Jackson simply can't do that.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:46pm

Christ that window was tiny.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:48pm

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.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:47pm

Jennings with some early hubris

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:47pm

Steelers' D needs to even up the turnovers if they want to crawl back into this.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:50pm

Wow, Shields gambles and misses, and now he's hurt. That is REALLY REALLY bad for GB.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:51pm

Carmax just won the Super Bowl.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:53pm

What the hell did Jerry Jones put underneath the turf?? At this rate, somebody is playing both ways by the end of the game.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:00pm

Cement. Somebody told him if neither team has enough players to finish the game, the Cowboys win by default.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:55pm

Well, if Pittsburgh doesn't get a TD here, there's something seriously wrong. GB is currently decimated in the secondary.

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:59pm

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.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:00pm

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.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:59pm

It's disappointing that the game won't be won straight up and instead it's a battle of attrition.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:59pm

Wooo, touchdown. Did I mention I have steelers 0 and Packers 1 in my super bowl pool?

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:01pm

Somebody tell me when halftime is over, please.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:03pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:08pm

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.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:15pm

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?

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:16pm

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.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:18pm

Pittsburgh looks terrible.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:12pm

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.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:16pm

Either way, the Steelers fans will be annoying, so I'll go with choice A being the most annoying.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:13pm

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

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:16pm

Because Axl Rose will be so P.O.'ed Slash and Fergie did "Sweet Child of Mine", I'm glad I watched.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:17pm

Fergie made Axl Rose's voice sound good by comparison.

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by Theo :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:30pm

We watched 4 seconds of it before changing the channel again and no. She doesn't.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:18pm

So what point will we get top frontal nudity in a SB halftime show?

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:19pm

Seven years ago.

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by montanapanthersfan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:19pm

This halftime show is so much better while muted.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:19pm

Man, this halftime show is a train wreck.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:20pm

And now they're doing a Dirty Dancing song? Are they trying to piss of Patrick Swayze's ghost??

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:23pm

Unperformerlike conduct

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:21am

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."

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:23pm

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).

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:24pm

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.)

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:29pm

Word is Shields has his pads on and looks like he's going to give it a go. No word on Woodson yet.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:30pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:30pm

Emmanuel Sanders is apparently out for the game.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:31pm

Woodson out. Wow. That is just a huge, huge blow.

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by Daniel2772 :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:32pm

Newsflash!
Packers called for a penalty!

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:34pm

Just a huge third down here.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:35pm

And Jones drops a TD...... It's going to be a four point game soon.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:37pm

Gah. And Gah! again for the faux-penalty.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:36pm

Wouldn't feel right without a Jones-drop.

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by Pat Swinnegan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:36pm

Wow... phantom facemask.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:38pm

Looks like the refs are trying to guarantee a competitive game regardless of reality.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:36pm

and a phantom facemask penalty.........

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:37pm

James Jones has no shame.

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:37pm

I guess that at halftime they told the officials to get to work.

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:37pm

I don't understand how a ref can call facemask unless he actually sees a facemask being grabbed. And I"m a Steelers fan.

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by InTheBoilerRoom :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:37pm

Steelers fans will not be permitted to complain about officiating if they lose.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:41pm

Woodson probably makes that play if he's blitzing and not Bush.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:42pm

Shit through a tin horn.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:42pm

Now with a deuce the game is a push and the bookies go nuts.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:44pm

Never mind. </Litella>

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:48pm

Steelers are going to be up three soon......

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:48pm

Belivers in momentum can go ahead and pick the Steelers.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:58pm

All you have to believe is No Woodson, No Shields = TD every time.

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by Bucephalus (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:49pm

Big Ben is about to become as good a QB as Brady after he wins this Super Bowl.

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by Paul R :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:50pm

Is it just me, or was that Groupon commercial in really bad taste?

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:54pm

Not just you, believe me. "Wildly tone-dea" would be one way to describe it.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:55pm

Really bad taste. Up next a Javanese restaurant commercial featuring a tsunami.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:50pm

Rodgers is getting no help whatsoever.

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by InTheBoilerRoom :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:56pm

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...

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:59pm

Woodson would normally be there making that play where Moore bounced it outside.

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by InTheBoilerRoom :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:01pm

Yes, an important point.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:00pm

GB must score on this possession.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:01pm

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.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:02pm

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.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:05pm

That was a coverage sack.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:04pm

WHY does GB run the stretch zone to the play to the short side of field? It loses yardage so often......

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:06pm

Why wasn't that a penalty? He chucked the guy while the ball was in the air.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:07pm

The steelers are backing off - makes it a lot harder to complete those short passes.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:10pm

GB is just imploding.

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by InTheBoilerRoom :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:11pm

Bad by Williams, but it should seriously be illegal for the kicking team to force a player into the ball on a punt.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:24am

I was upset with Williams for even being within 15 yards of the ball. GET AWAY FROM IT!!!!!!

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:13pm

Total BS call. You don't call that in the Super Bowl. Unless it's Pittsburgh or the Steelers.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:13pm

They should challenge that. Pack receiver down by contact

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:14pm

Every call for Pittsburgh this half. Anyone surprised?

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:14pm

This would be a terrible challenge. That wasn't a catch.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:14pm

It's not a real Packers game until McCarthy makes a questionable challenge.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:15pm

They are not going to win this challenge.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:17pm

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?

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by Mike Pereira is a company man (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:16pm

Has he ever disagreed with the officials over a close call?

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by MurphyZero :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:17pm

Yes, but it is a rarity.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:16pm

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?

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:16pm

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).

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:20pm

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.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:18pm

Wow. The refs just screwed over the Packers on the no-catch ruling.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:27am

I disagree. I don't like the rule either, but they've been calling that incomplete all year. At least they're consistent.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:18pm

Pittsburgh fans have nothing to compalain about with the officiating.

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by Spielman :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:23pm

They will anyway.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:18pm

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.

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by InTheBoilerRoom :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:19pm

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.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:21pm

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?

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by MurphyZero :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:24pm

I thought they got rid of the football move language, or that it was never part of the rules.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:25pm

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.

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:19pm

Come on guys they've been calling those incomplete all year. Stupid rule, but it's consistent.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:21pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:25pm

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.

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:22pm

Slapping a player in the head is a close call? Ineligible player downfield is a close call?

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:24pm

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."

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:37pm

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.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:24pm

The facemask was a blown call.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:25pm

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?"

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:26pm

I'm just questioning the premise that mental error penalties must be even among teams.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:27pm

Are you totally drunk? Let me refer to the term 'and'. It's very complicated. Look it up.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:23pm

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?

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:25pm

That might be a game-saver for the Packers right there.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:25pm

Nice recovery by the Packers. Can't flag that!

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:27pm

...wondering whatever happened to that FireOmarTomlin guy. Haven't heard from him in a couple weeks.

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by talys :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:29pm

Didn't he get banned a few weeks ago?

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:30pm

Yes.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:31pm

Did he? I didn't notice. Wouldn't be surprised.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:34pm

On 01/15/2011, at 4:53 PM.

Bill Barnwell temporarily became the most popular person at FO.

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by RedZone :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:28pm

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
meltdown.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:29pm

Again Nelson follows a drop with a redeeming big play!

Not a bad ratio, actually.

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:30pm

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.

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by Restrained Jubilation (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:36pm

Hines Ward's sabotaging of Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XL has been largely forgotten.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:32pm

Huuuuge score!

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:36pm

Come on GB! Just hold on.............

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:39pm

Again, the difference between Bush and Woodson. He could make that tackle on Wallace.

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by The Powers That Be :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:40pm

I guess Flo's hold was too blatant not to call. As a Cowboy fan, I appreciate the flashback.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:40pm

Ummm. That wasn't the hold they called, Troy.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:45pm

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.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:47pm

Well I saw a Packer pass rusher pulled to the ground from behind. It seemed flag-worthy.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:54pm

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.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:57pm

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.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:45pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:43pm

GB looked so confused on that conversion.

OK Rodgers, go make your legacy.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:44pm

All the Steelers' PATs are scored by former Redskins.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:48pm

House wins best ad.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:49pm

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.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:51pm

Huge third down conversion. They need a TD. I don't think the GB defense can hold.

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:51pm

Steelers safety caught going for the pick instead of covering Jennings. Huge for the Pack.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:52pm

Jennings is just a beast. I wonder, would Driver have had all Nelsons yards if he was in there?

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:55pm

Come on GB. You need this TD.....

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by Spielman :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:57pm

They really did. I don't see the Packers winning this one now. Hope I'm wrong.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:56pm

Nelson had an MVP in his hands that time

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:56pm

Should you go for it there?

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 10:57pm

This is shaping up to end just like the game last year.......... I'm a wreck.

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by Flounder :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:05pm

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:05pm

No miracle this year!

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:06pm

Is that really it? Really?

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by miqewalsh :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:06pm

6-seeds are now 2-0 in the Super Bowl.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:06pm

Congrats to the Packers.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:06pm

YES!

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:06pm

Gratz to the Pack.

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by justanothersteve :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:07pm

YES! Brett WHO?

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:13pm

I don't recall his name coming up all broadcast. So much for the over on that bet.

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by Spielman :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:08pm

Congrats to the Packers and their fans. Heckuva draining game.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:09pm

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.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:14pm

I didn't hear the name "Favre" once during the game.

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by Paul R :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:21pm

Who?

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:23pm

I think he's referring to Brett Favre, former quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.

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by Paul R :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:24pm

Oh, yeah. He won a Super Bowl, didn't he?

...Once.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:30pm

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...

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by Tom W (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:17am

But Packer fans knew three years ago what everyone else knows now. He's also one of football's all-time great douchebags.

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by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:09pm

Didn't FOA pick GB?

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:13pm

Baltimore.

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by RickD :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:21pm

They picked GB to win the NFC, FWIW.

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by morganja :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:11pm

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.

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by Intropy :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:15pm

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.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:16pm

OH MY GOD IT WUZ TEH REFS

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:33am

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.

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by nuclearbdgr :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:49am

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).

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:13pm

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.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:23pm

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.

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by Jerry :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:14pm

Congratulations to the Packers and their fans.

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by Spielman :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:17pm

Heh. Twitter is listing trends that include:
#superbowl
#sb45
Bradley Cooper
Jordy Nelson
Greg Jennings
and Omar Epps.

Looks like the wider world has just discovered what FireOmarTomlin already knew.

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by Shattenjager :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:17pm

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.

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by John Argentiero :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:20pm

Real SuperBowl MVP: Ted Thompson.

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by MilkmanDanimal :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:22pm

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.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:34am

Agreed re: the MVP award.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:22pm

Gotta confess that I am surprised that the Packers won without getting to Ben more often.

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by B :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:39pm

Me too. I had considered putting money on Clay Matthews as MVP figuring the way they'd win was by sacking Rothlesberger.

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by bigtencrazy (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:44pm

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

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by justanothersteve :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:01am

People in Howard and Suamico should be Packers fans.

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by snik75 (not verified) :: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 11:52pm

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.

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:38am

Sure, Rodgers had a good game, but it was more efficient than exceptional. It still feels like he won by default.

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by BJR :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 4:47am

If his receivers had helped him out a little he'd have thrown for over 400 yards.

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by Ender (not verified) :: Tue, 02/08/2011 - 11:53am

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.

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by Independent George :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 11:14am

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.

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by Tom W (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:10am

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.

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by ebongreen (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:28am

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?

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 1:35am

It already has.

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by tuluse :: Wed, 02/09/2011 - 11:32pm

2 years ago?

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by Billy B (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:37am

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)

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by The Ninjalectual :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 2:10am

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.

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by Keith(1) (not verified) :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 4:47am

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.

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by CoachDave :: Mon, 02/07/2011 - 11:00am

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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