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Super Bowl XLV quick facts

• This is the Packers’ first Super Bowl appearance since 1997, when Brett Favre won his only championship over the New England Patriots, 35-21.

• This is the Steelers’ third Super Bowl appearance during QB Ben Roethlisberger’s tenure, and the 28-year-old is already going for his third ring. Two years ago, Roethlisberger’s touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes gave Pittsburgh a wild, 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

• Both defenses rank in the top five in yards allowed per game and feature the last two NFL Defensive Player of the Year winners. Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu earned the honor this season and Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson garnered the same award last year.

Editor’s Pick: Steelers 26, Packers 19

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2 Comments

  1. student February 3, 2011

    Packers lost to Denver in the Super Bowl in 1998. Also, imho, Clay Matthews finishing 2 votes behind Polamalu for the defensive Player of the Year is more relevant than Woodson winning it a year ago. good little tidbit to preview for the super bowl!

  2. Becca February 3, 2011

    This will be the second appearance since the Packers won the Super Bowl in 1997. The Packers returned 2 years later and lost to the Denver Broncos.

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