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DirtPail Super Bowl XLV Prediction

Pittsburgh v Green Bay
Pittsburgh v Green Bay

There is no doubt that the hype generated for this years Super Bowl has been like no other in the past couple of years.  Last year EVERYONE picked the Colts to take care ot the Saints, and a couple years prior, only a drunken sailor would have picked the NY Giants to have even a pulse against the undefeated and power house New England Patriots.  But as we all know fate is a funny thing, and when adversity is staring you right in the face, sometimes you just have to punch it square in the teeth.


Now being one born and raised in the land of dairy and lakes, being a fan of the Green Bay Packers is something that is instilled from the very beginning, which is no different that being born in the rural hills of Western Pennsylvania for those that root for the Mighty Pittsburgh Steelers.  Fans for these teams are both passionate and loyal, but also understand and respect their opponents, as well as their fans.  I'm quite sure that if I were to walk into Heinz Field with adorned with Green and Gold, I would of course get those little jabs that come with every form of competition, but during and after, the acknowledgement of a good game is shared by all.  The same would go for a Steeler Fan walking thought the entryway to view the Mecca of football, and see and feel first hand the electricity and intoxication of Lambeau Field.  By the end of the night, all will be good and both teams fans part in good will. 


As far as the game goes, lets take a look at the teams.  First, the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers...


Let me start by saying the the Pittsburgh Steelers are my second favorite team in the NFL. flies the same colors as the Steelers, Black, Gold, and White, so what's not to love?  They play with a tenacity and fire that is unmatched by but a few, and are a model franchise not only in the NFL, but in professional sports in general.  The decades of perseverance and dedication of the Rooney Family is a testament of the Steel City and the people that call Pittsburgh home.  Though I've never been there, no bull, Pittsburgh IS on my "Bucket List". 


Everyone know how and why the season started as it did for Pittsburgh, and there is no reason to relive that.  Expectations were not high by any means, but this team moved on very well, and won a surprisingly tough AFC North, beating out the Ravens for the #2 seed.  But the Playoffs were not very kind to the City of Steel, with Game One looking like a first round home loss, trailing Baltimore 21-3 at halftime.  What literally saved the Steelers were the Ravens themselves, imploding right before a national audience and eventually losing on a unspeakably poor defensive play at the end of the game.  Coupled with a surprise thumping of the Patriots by the Jets at Foxboro, Pittsburgh hosted the AFC Title Game and started out fast, leading the Jets 24-3 at halftime.  Now the tables turned as Pittsburgh, though they tried to give it away, escaped with a 24-19 victory and trip to Dallas.  There two previous SB appearances were against might foes...  the Seahawks... and the Cardinals...  Not the Cowboys, or the Eagles, or the Saints, or the Giants...  The Seahawks and the Cardinals.  They beat Seattle 21-10, and unbelievably beat the Cards thanks to Santonio Holmes.  Now I know they don't pick their opponents, but neither of these teams really put fear into the hearts of ANY NFL team.  Yes, they have a defense that is is OUT OF THIS WORLD, and any team would love the have the likes of Polamalu and Harrison as their anchors, but without this #1 Defense, the offense would be doomed...


Now let's look at the NFC Champion Green Bay Packers...


Unlike Pittsburgh, aspirations were high on the Green Bay side of the fence, with many experts picking the Pack to win it all.  They had a great nucleus to start with...  a young gun QB in Aaron Rodgers running one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, and an improved Defense led by Defensive POY Charles Woodson coming into its own with one year of Dom Capers 3-4 Defense under its belt.  Thing looked good early, and then the bottom started to drop out.  Injuries took a huge toll on the team, and overtime losses to inferior opponents had the team reeling.  But they continued to battle, and with must wins at the end of the season against the NY Giants and Chicago Bears, the Packers made "The Show" as the #6 and final seed in the NFC. 6 losses by a TOTAL of... 20 points!  Then the run began, and all of them on the road.  They bottled up Michael Vick and the Eagles in Philly, then to Atlanta against the #1 Seeded Falcons, only to literally destroy them, and finally to Soldier Field, and a win over Division Rival Chicago.  Three road games... three road wins... all comes to this...


Here is the scenario...  You have the Top 2 Defenses in the NFL going toe to toe, and one of the most prolific offenses with the Packers. Indoors on a fast track is where this team really shines, and on the big stage, they will do just that.  Though he gets virtually no credit, Mike McCarthy is an outstanding play caller, and with Dom Capers picking his spots to "Let the Dogs Loose", the Packers will take a game many thought to be a match up for the ages, and make it look like a clinic.  Big Ben will have no time to set, and though many think he is elusive, the fast Packer "D" will contain and harass him all day.  Now, don't think the steelers won't get their licks in on Rodgers, you KNOW they will. 


This game will be close for the first 20 minutes, but then the separation will begin.  After that, the Packers will begin to impose their will on the Steelers, beating them in every phase of the game. The ONLY, and I do mean ONLY chance the Steelers have to win is if  they knock Rodgers out of the game on the first play.  There is a calm before every storm, and the Green Bay Packers are that calm.  They are also the storm, and by the end of it all, will have their 4th Super Bowl Title, 13th NFL Championship, and bring the Lombardi Trophy home where it belongs...  Green Bay, Wisconsin.


It's just not the Steelers year.  The adversity and will to overcome and bond a team will give the Packers the win, Aaron Rodgers the MVP, and the Packers the tilte... 


Final Score  Green Bay 34  Pittsburgh 13


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