Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:43 pm

Post Super Bowl Thoughts

First off I would like to say that I, like many other Americans, was very disappointed in the halftime show and even moreso in the national anthem. Both were absolutely atrocious and I have become even more disappointed in Jerry Jones after Super Bowl XLV. Also, although the displacement of hundreds of fans was also disappointing, I think that it was mostly handled pretty well, which kind of surprised me. I agree with the idea for those fans to be paid three times the face value of their tickets and also to be given tickets to next year's Super Bowl. I still feel a lot of sympathy for those fans, mainly those that were Packers and Steelers fans since the odds of the exact same two teams will meet in the Super Bowl for two consecutive years are highly unlikely. Although by far not the best Super Bowl I've seen, it was still pretty good. I would also like to say, completely without bias (and I'm sure many people would agree with me), that the Green Bay Packers won that game because, although the final score was close, they were in control for most of the game and were able to keep playing hard even when two (three if you include Sam Shields since he was out for a while) great players were injured. Obviously the most obvious factors in the Packers victory were the following:
1. Turnovers- Obviously there is no denying that this was the most important factor in the Super Bowl this year. Steelers- 3 turnovers, Packers- 0 turnovers. Also, the Packers scored three touchdowns off of those three turnovers, so I think it's safe to say that the outcome of the game would probably have been drastically different if it weren't for Green Bay forcing those turnovers.
2. Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers played very well and had probably the best Super Bowl performance by a quarterback in recent memory. Green Bay hardly ran the ball at all (50 rushing yards total, essentially all of them by James Starks) so they weight of the games was really put on the back of Aaron Rodgers and his receivers. For the most part Rodgers and his receivers were able to connect (Jordy Nelson had some noticeable drops but in my opinion still had a pretty good game). Rodgers finished the game with 304 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and the prestigious award of Super Bowl MVP.
3. Ben Roethlisburger- CHOKE. Big Ben who should have had the upper hand out of these two QBs (he's won the two Super Bowls that he's appeared in after all) however, when given the opportunity to lead his team in a two-minute drill to score and potentially, assuming the extra point is good, win the game. Roethlisburger has previously shown that he can play well in the final minutes of games (see Super Bowl XLIII) and his performance in the last moments of Super Bowl XLV were rather disappointing (he was almost picked off on the drive's final play).
Thus, this wraps up my post-Super Bowl analysis

I would however, like to add a somewhat irrevelevant sidenote: I would just like to give a shoutout to Bobby "Bird" Mulligan. He is an outstanding WR and runner and definately has a successful future ahead of him. Fly on Bird.
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