Green Bay takes Super Bowl 31-25

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers (12) and Josh Sitton (71) react after a first-half touchdown during the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Forget Lombardi on Broadway. Green Bay has the newest Super Bowl hit: Aaron Rodgers.

Capping one of the greatest postseasons for any quarterback, Rodgers led the Packers to their first NFL championship in 14 years Sunday with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers reclaimed the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named for their legendary coach who is making his own star turn in New York these days in the play named after him.

Rodgers, the game’s MVP, thrilled his legion of Cheesehead fans with a spectacular six-game string that should finally erase the bitterness of the Brett Favre separation in Green Bay. He’s now equal with Favre in Super Bowl wins and he extended the Packers’ record of NFL titles to 13, nine before the Super Bowl era.

The Packers QB threw for three touchdowns, two to Greg Jennings, and the Packers (14-6) overcame even more injuries, building a 21-3 lead, then hanging on to become the second No. 6 seed to win the championship. Coincidentally, the 2005 Steelers were the other.

Rodgers threw for 304 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson, who had nine catches for 140 yards to make up for three big drops. Rodgers found Jennings, normally his favorite target, for 21- and 8-yard scores.

“Wow! It’s a great day to be great, baby,” Jennings said.

Then the Packers held on as Pittsburgh (14-5) stormed back.

“We’ve been a team that’s overcome adversity all year,” Jennings said. “Our head captain (Charles Woodson) goes down, emotional in the locker room. Our No. 1 receiver (Donald Driver) goes down, more emotions are going, flying in the locker room. But we find a way to bottle it up and exert it all out here on the field.”

Few teams have been as resourceful as these Packers, who couldn’t wait to touch the trophy honoring their coach — and their title. Several of them kissed it as Roger Staubach walked through a line of green and gold.

“Vince Lombardi is coming back to Green Bay,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said as the silver prize was handed to the team.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

21 Responses to "Green Bay takes Super Bowl 31-25"

  1. children and divorce  February 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Steelers O-Line was horrible and routinuely got pushed back and the pocket was collapsing. Ben threw a bad throw and got hit on the other. 2 INTs but only 1 really his fault. The fumble was a great play by Matthews.

    Overall, the Packers defense played well – but not great especially when Woodson went down. The Steelers o-line was medicore in pass support and that killed far too many drives.

    Would love to see a Ron’s analysis of Steelers o-line play!!

  2. woody188  February 8, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Aguilera botched the National Anthem and the Black Eyed Peas put on one of the worst half-time shows ever (even Slash and Usher couldn’t save them).

    Did anyone else see John Madden was sitting next to Junior Bush, and was so bored that he was texting someone rather than talking to the former President? :lol:

    • Carl Nemo  February 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

      I’m hoping you didn’t waste precious moments of your life watching “Super Bowl”, I’m assuming your commentary is based on having witnessed short clips of Aguilera, the “texting” Madden and “Junior Bush”.

      Watching a bunch of multi-millionaires play a ‘game’ and conduct themselves as they have been since their days on the high school football team is beyond me. Seemingly it’s a quaint societal ritual that surely has persistence. There’s nothing quite like “bread and circuses” to keep the unwashed masses distracted while Rome burns…no? / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Almandine  February 8, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        Sometimes, Carl, you just gotta blow off a little steam. Ball, beer, and pizza… especially when it’s too cold to fish.

        • Carl Nemo  February 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm

          I understand the need… : )

          Carl Nemo **==

      • woody188  February 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm

        I watch one pro ball game a year, the Super Bowl. I skipped half time and the third quarter this year to spend time with my wife. So I did see the Anthem get botched and noticed that immediately, but I didn’t know about the half time show until I saw a highlight clip of it on the web.

        I’ll admit it, I didn’t watch for the commercials! :grin:

        I try to watch Ohio State but usually end up doing something else. I think I watched 3 OSU football games this year, including their bowl game.

        Almandine is right, you can’t fight the power every day or you will burn out.

  3. bogofree  February 8, 2011 at 9:50 am

    In Green Bay they are letting school out early to let the kids participate in the celebration. In Pittsburgh they are opening the strip clubs early for “Big Ben.”

    I’m a sports fan especially baseball. The SB this year was a great game and quite entertaining. Both teams have a wonderful history and fan base. Enough mistakes made to allow finger pointing. Loved it! Even had a high fat SB spread dedicated to Michelle Obama – love those sausages and fried wings. As a fan of the NY Football Giants (via NJ) the personal football highlight was being around my family – all Patriot fans – in that great SB win by the ‘Jints.

    With baseball it is a wonderful chance to travel as last year we went west with the $ox to Denver and San Fran. Even had my wife finally relent and join us but only one game was forced upon her. Every year a group of us – Red Sox fans – get together at KC for the series against the Royals.

    I coached baseball for many, many years and today see many of those former players around town and doing well. Most have followed my basic coaching lecture about giving back when they get older.

  4. griff  February 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    F**king Packers!

    • Almandine  February 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Not a Bills fan?

      • griff  February 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

        Oh Jesus!! Steelers fan all my life. So I’m a non-comformist, what can I say?

        • b mcclellan  February 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm

          GO CUBS, 103 and counting.

          Feel any better Griff ?

          • griff  February 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm

            Ha. Slightly. I’m over it. It’s just a game my friend. I have some friends that are actually in mourning still, like they lost a loved one or some thing. It doesn’t change my paycheck either way.

            I especially enjoy when people congratulate me when my team wins. As if I had any thing whatsoever to do with it. All I did was get drunk and eat.

            • b mcclellan  February 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm

              Beyond the begin of the begin lies heaven my friend.

              Pop said, is Ed Sullivan on yet ?

    • woody188  February 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm

      I heard Big Ben was opening up a diner in the off season. They are saying his specialty will be turnovers. :lol:

      • griff  February 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

        Ha. And a lingerie store too. College girls’s panties are half-off every day!

  5. eve  February 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    There’s nothing quite like “bread and circuses” to keep the unwashed masses distracted while Rome burns…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

    Indeed Carl. Right on the mark (as always).
    While those here on CHB are aware of the US situation, many millions are not and (what’s worse) don’t even care.

    Rand Paul has spoken of cutting all foreign aid until we get to a point where the economy shows real recovery.
    Maybe a moratorium on senseless entertainment would be a good thing as well?
    Wasn’t that what our parents did when we were slacking in school?
    They took away our privileges, our forms of entertainment?
    Well…………………?

    • Carl Nemo  February 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Eve for your concurrence with my thoughts on various subjects. Seemingly you and I are one as Spock would say. : )

      Together we’d make great benevolent dictators to clean up our nation’s problems hopefully without corrupting ourselves in the process…no?

      Unfortunately the prisons would be filled rather rapidly with politicans, lawyers, judges, ‘Captains of Industry’ etc. since there’s no shortage of these corrupt characters that are the root cause of our nations’s imminent demise.

      I’m not joking either. Our system of government is ineffective for dealing with the deadly problems that face us across all fronts which are many. Congress and our leadership have degenerated into a “Tower of Babel” paradigm. Talk, talk and talk some more while continually compromising our national safety and well-being all for a few dollars, Euro’s, or shekels more. / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

    • Almandine  February 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      So does posting here count as senseless entertainment, too ?

  6. Carl Nemo  February 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Come on Al you know what we’re referring too and it doesn’t represent folks that post here. At least were analyzing the order of the day and I surely don’t identify anyone here as being philistines concerning the need for remediation of the Republic.

    I was pulling Woody’s leg with my post and it surely doesn’t pertain to him or anyone else here. I was reflecting as Eve on the greater unwashed masses who are rabidly enjoying distractive entertainment such as Super Bowl, UFC cage fighting, NASCAR racing, “Dancing with the Stars”, addicted to soaps or whatever; all doing so while their modern ‘Rome’ burns.

    Actually I don’t look at posting on CHB as entertainment, but my way of hopefully getting people to think, not the regulars on this site, but the lurkers and the millions that might read any one of our comments while surfing the web and it just might kindle a spark within their intellects that things aren’t well in Gotham City. To me, posting on CHB is serious business.

    *****

    It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. …Samuel Adams

    *****

    Carl Nemo **==

    • Almandine  February 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      And mostly pulling your and Eves leg(s) too, but – seriously – given the state of our public (govt) schools for the last few decades, what do you really expect from those unwashed masses? Multicultural curriculi lead not to studious musings about the state of our once great nation, but instead cause them to focus on all the social justice crap being used to effect our demise. Yeah, it’s serious… but not even those we’ve elected seem to take it that way.

      Only entertainment ??? Sometimes.

  7. bogofree  February 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    And the equipment truck left Fenway yesterday. Now I get plans ready for a mid March visit to Ft. Myers to watch the Red $ox in spring training.

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