In the end, Super Bowl XLV came down to a formula that was as simple as that.
The Steelers turned the ball over three times, and Green Bay scored 17 points off them as the season came to a heartbreaking end in a 31-25 setback.
Down 21-3 at the half, the Steelers rallied twice to make it a game. First they got a score from Rashard Mendenhall to make it 21-17 with 10:19 to play in the third quarter.
Then after a Mendenhall fumble and Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings 8-yard score to make it 28-17, the Steelers rallied with Ben Roethlisberger hitting Mike Wallace for a 25-yard score to make it 28-25 after they got the two-point conversion with 7:34 left.
Green Bay was able to put together a drive that ended with a Mason Crosby 23-yard field goal with 2:07 left, leaving it up to the offense for one last shot.
That last chance was hurt badly on a terrible personal foul on Keyaron Fox on the kickoff, and the Steelers started on their own 13-yard line.
Trying to duplicate the miracle of two years ago in Tampa, the Steelers did get a first down on a pass to Heath Miller to the 28. From there, a five-yard pass to Hines Ward and three incomplete passes ended the season.
Pittsburgh outgained the Packers 387 to 338, and held the ball for 33:25 to 26:35.
Roethlisberger was 25-for-40 for 263 yards with two TD’s and two picks. Rodgers was 24-for-39 for 304 yards with three scores.
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