February 06, 2011

Packers Favored to Win Super Bowl: With 18 titles between them, the storied Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers franchises meet at 6:30 p.m. Eastern tonight for Super Bowl XLV. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could win his third championship in his seventh season, while Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hopes for his first. The Packers are 2 1/2 point favorites.

posted by rcade to football at 10:34 AM - 9 comments

Yes! Underdogs! Go Stillers!

posted by scully at 10:59 AM on February 06, 2011

With 9 18 titles between them

The NFL existed (and crowned champions) before the Super Bowl era.

posted by tommybiden at 12:13 PM on February 06, 2011

Good point, Tommy. I've fixed the post.

posted by rcade at 12:26 PM on February 06, 2011

I still can't decide who is actually going to win this one. I'm leaning Steelers, but for my Yooper mom's sake, I'm rooting for the Packers.

posted by NoMich at 12:38 PM on February 06, 2011

Say.... might be a good time to slip in some last minute Pick 'Em choices.... :)

posted by hincandenza at 01:12 PM on February 06, 2011

Both are deserving. I think it's a little early for me to see Ben get a third ring.

When I heard blowhard Michael Silver predict that this would be the first Super Bowl to go to overtime, that seemed like a reasonable prediction to me.

If so, the Steelers will be relieved to note that their old friend, former NFL referee Phil Luckett, will not be taking part in any portion of today's game, coin flips or otherwise.

posted by beaverboard at 01:19 PM on February 06, 2011

Green Bay 27, Pittsburgh 19.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:33 PM on February 06, 2011

Steelers and Packers are pretty evenly matched. I could see Rogers getting hot and taking over the game, exploiting the less than stellar Pittsburgh corners. If the Steelers put together two halves like the first half of the Jets game, it's going to be rough on the cheeseheads.

If the Steelers win and Roethlisberger contributes to the cause, it will be interesting to see if any opinions change about Big Ben. On ESPN's Sports Reporters this morning they questioned if Ben was in the top five quarterbacks in the league. Seemingly lots of people don't put Ben even that close to the top. Wonder if three Super Bowl wins are going to change anyone's opinions.

If the Packers win, well, probably start of something really special between Rogers and Green Bay. "Brett who?" might become a popular saying, if it hasn't already.

Should be a good game and each team has enough talent that the MVP might be a surprise at the end of the game.

That said, man, I hope Pittsburgh wins, and I hope they score early and often. As a Steelers fan, that Jets game almost killed me.

posted by sexymofo at 02:00 PM on February 06, 2011

My heart says Packers, but my head says Steelers. I'm thinking the defense with Polamalu will end up being the deciding factor. And the prediction that this could be the first Super Bowl to go into overtime seems more than plausible.

By the way, clever reference in the Jan. 25 thread calling this one 0x2D. Does this mean in 16 years we'll be watching Super Bowl 3D?

posted by NerfballPro at 05:24 PM on February 06, 2011

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