If you live under a rock and didnt seen the most watched television broadcast of all time also known as Super Bowl XLV, MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers beat the Steelers 31-35 on Sunday to become the NFL Champs for the first time since Brett Favre was under center. Here are a few quick notes/thoughts as we recap the Super Bowl and wrap-up the NFL season. Now that there is no more football, we can all resume our favorite pasttime of wishing that there was football.
Anyway, first lets talk about the stuff surrounding the game before we talk about the actual game.
- About 400 people who had tickets to the Super Bowl weren’t able to get in because of some safety/fire marshall issues. Don’t feel TOO bad for them though. They made out like bandits! They got a bunch of free food and drinks, got to go on the field after the game, get a triple refund (aka treble damages), and they’ll be special guests of the NFL for Super Bowl XLVI. As long as I was not a Packer’s fan and missed that great game, I’ll take it. Either way, its a black eye on a Super Bowl week that didn’t live up to the economic effect it was supposed to have on the Dallas area because of the awful weather.
- Those performances though (._. )…First, Christina Aguilara botches the National Anthem (SMH) and then the Black Eyed Peas…well, I wasnt shocked that they sucked ass. Bad look all around..
- The commercials were just ok. From a social justice perspective, I really hated that Pepsi commercial with the angry black woman and the cute blonde. Also, the Groupon Tibet commercial was in poor taste, and that Doritos finger licking commercial was just gross. I loved the young Darth Vader commercial, the Motorola “1984” commercial, and the Brisk Tea Eminem commercial. All that being said, the Kim Kardashian commercial might have been the greatest commercial of all-time, even if it was for shape-ups. MY GAWD!!!
-I also loved the Doritos commercial that had Allen Strange (Nickelodeon nostalgia) bringing back a friend’s dead grandfather.
-MYH is definitely correct…. When I grow up, I want to date Kim Kardashian.
Ok, now lets get to the game.
- As always, the game was a TREAT! Although it seemed like early on the Packers would run away with it, its been the Steelers’ M.O. to get down early and come back late. At the beginning of the 2nd half, the momentum was definitely swinging towards Big Ben and the Steelers, and he got the ball back with 2 minutes down 6. I was sure at that point that he would make the drive.
- Rodgers was AMAZING. One of the best performances in SB history. His line was: 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INts. This doesn’t even count his 5 or 6 drops. One drop by James Jones would’ve ended in a td (stop if you’ve heard this phrase by JJ before). He was on fire all night, as he has been all playoffs. And although they didnt get the clinching TD when they had the ball up 3, its clear that he has officially shed the “Aaron Rodgers can’t win close games” argument that we talked about last week on the #ThreadBlog. That 3rd down seam route to Jennings to keep the drive going was one of the best throws I’ve ever seen.
- He deserves major props for going back to Jordy Nelson again and again after repeated drops (Jordy did have 9 catches for 140 years and a TD). He never got down on his guys, and even threw a crucial 3rd down ball to an unknown WR named Swain who had to play after Driver went down in the 2nd quarter.
- Greg Jennings is a BEAST. Period. Sheesh…
-I have a personal motto:”If you throw to Greg Jennings, great things will happen.” Sunday night proved that over and over again.
- The Steelers turned the ball over 3 times. One was a fluke INT that got returned for a TD. It wasnt Big Ben’s fault, he just got smacked as he threw it. The other INT was just a bad throw by Ben. Still, the Steelers had all the momentum despite two turnovers and being down on the scoreboard until Clay Mathews forced a Mendenhall fumble that really changed the direction of the game.
- People have been unfairly hard on Big Ben. Sure, he threw 2 Ints (one wasnt his fault), but he played an ok game. He was off at times, but he also threw for almost 275 yards and 2 TDs as well as 30 yards rushing. These kind of stats are what we ALWAYS get from Big Ben, and he did bring them back in the game. He wasnt great, but his forte is making big plays when they count the most. He played a good second half but it wasnt enough.
- The other person that has drawn serious unrest is Rashard Mendenhall. Yes, he had the crucial fumble forced by a Clay Matthews hit (addressed earlier) that halted a drive that looked like a TD was looming…. But, let’s face facts folks, Rashard was the reason the Steelers got back into the game. He was seriously carving up the Packers’ run D and on top of that, he’s one of the most dependable hands backs in the league (he has fumbled 3 times in 300+ carries).
- The true scapegoat if there is one is that Steelers defense. Sure, they only gave up 24 points to a great offense, but they didnt make any big plays. They forced no turnovers. Troy Palomalu was pretty much absent. Aaron Rodgers was sacked a few times, but it never affected him, and they were usually coverage sacks. James Harrison was pretty much absent. And Ryan Clark got DESTROYED. They did nothing to get to Aaron Rodgers. In the NFC Championship against the Bears, one monstrous hit by Julius Peppers and Rodgers wasnt the same for the rest of the game. Steelers D made no such play.
- Last, but CERTAINLY not least, my head is going to explode if I hear one more Rodgers/Favre comparison. Let Favre and his legacy live, and let Rodgers have his moment! The two really arent comparable anyway. Favre took over a franchise that had been great but was all but irrelevant when he landed in Wisconsin. Aaron Rodgers took over a team that was 1 OT game away from the Super Bowl. Favre won a Super Bowl and put GB back on the map. Rodgers won a SB, but you’d be dumb to say that the Packers weren’t on the map prior to his arrival. Favre’s legacy is untouchable, but this is now Rodger’s team. PERIOD. END OF STORY. Favre is a first-ballot HOF and Rodger’s story has yet to be fully written. That’s all there is to say about that.
Anyway, here’s a send off treat for you Packer fans courtesy of Lil Wayne. Congrats on a great season. Don’t tip too many cows. And seriously, lets all hope that we are actually playing football by the start of next season…<nervously twitches>
-MichaelYoungHistory & The Big Socrates