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Packers 28, Steelers 24 – This is going to be a really exciting match-up. I say the Packers will march down the field, led by Aaron Rodgers, and get a game-winning touchdown drive to beat the Steelers. It’ll be a good defensive battle, but when it comes to offense, the Packers look like they got an advantage. Expect a big game from Donald Driver in this one.


Steelers 24, Packers 18 – Aaron Rodgers, James Starks, and the Packers defense is getting a ton of attention leading up to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, two-time Super Bowl winner Ben Roethlisberger and his team of ring wearing players are preparing for the big game with experience under their belt. In the end, I am going to take experience and the league’s top rated defense to win this one.


Steelers 21 Packers 17 – With the matchup of the most historic teams in the NFL, this one is all about playmakers on defense. With all the hype surrounding Aaron Rodgers and the passing attack of the Packers, the running game of the Green and Yellow will determine this one. If the Steelers are able to shut down the ground game of James Starks and the rest of the Packers, Pittsburgh will be able to work their zone blitz schemes and bring pressure on known passing downs to frustrate Aaron Rodgers. The Steelers often struggle with mobile quarterbacks, but James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley will keep Rodgers in the pocket and force him to step up to deliver the ball. Rodgers works well by making quick reads and getting rid of the football as fast as any quarterback in the league. If the Steelers are able to stop the run, they can disguise their blitz packages and force Rodgers to take a half second longer to get rid of the football than he would like.

With the Steelers defense putting pressure on Rodgers, I see them using their ground game to set up play action and keep play makers Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson away from Roethlisberger. The injury to Maurkice Pouncey is a huge loss for the Steelers, and one that the Packers will look to take advantage of. Look for blitzes from A.J. Hawk and stunts from Matthews to fill the A and B gaps next to Pouncey. The ability for the Steelers to recognize these blitzes and pick them up will be key for Roethlisberger to push the ball downfield. Look for Ben to use a lot of no huddle to keep the Packers out of their comfort zone and keep his offensive line in a flow.


Packers 31, Steelers 28 –The Steelers have had a good season, but they have done just enough to win in the postseason. The Packers have dominated the postseason, aside from the Caleb Hanie fiasco. The Packers are simply the best team in football, and there is no stopping them. It doesn’t matter if the Steelers had a whole team of Troy Polamalus, they wouldn’t be able to slow down Aaron Rodgers in this Packers offense. It’s going to be one of the best Super Bowls of all-time, and it’s not going to disappoint.


Packers 39, Steelers 27 – I’m done with the Greek Alphabet– is gonna be a high-scoring affair, and unless the Pittsburgh defense can control the field position, and maybe come up with a score, I don’t see Pittsburgh’s defense being able to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. This is basically an indoor game, and the Packers are made for this situation. Pittsburgh gave up 43 points to Baltimore and New York while playing at home, not two of the game’s best offenses. Green Bay ill move the ball at will. Big Ben will keep it close… for a while.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. DrGeorge

    February 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Warwas and Gallardo have it right; defense wins games — but both of these teams have solid defenses, which rather neutralizes the advantage. In most big games, mistakes, penalties, and turnovers decide the outcome and make a mockery of pre-game analysis. And that may be the case this year. Or if LeBeau gives Rodgers the middle of field with his ‘prevent’ defense, as he did Warner of the Cardinals in SB XLIII, then all bets are off. But I think both teams will play well and conservatively, taking away easy scores. So that leaves the rushing game.

    I have been belaboring Arians all season long for his failure to develop a power rushing attack. The Super Bowl is where the chickens will come home to roost. These two defenses aren’t going to give either team many chances to score, and neither team will dominate the other. Therefore, the team that can run the ball effectively, especially in the red zone, will win. The Steelers running game has improved near the end of the regular season. It still isn’t good. But on Sunday, it should be good enough. Steelers 28 – Packers 17.

  2. Ronald smith

    February 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    wow this is cool

  3. wardrules86

    February 7, 2011 at 11:48 am

    We just aren’t that good of a team. Big Ben is an average quarterback. He’s in-accurate and misses receivers constantly. “Captain bubble screen” is great at the end of the game in clutch moments, but where is he the rest of the game?

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