Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers.
My pick for this game? Steelers 31, Packers 26.
The best team won.
You cannot turn the ball over 3 times and expect to win the Super Bowl.
The Steelers offense lost the game. They produced 25 points of their own and facilitated 21 points for the Packers.
The Steelers defense did not play as well as they needed to. Sudden change defense is a big factor in big games.
If the Steelers are able to hold the Packers to 3 points per possession, they probably win the game. The Packers met the challenge.
The Steelers had everything in their favor, but they failed to execute.
Pittsburgh got Charles Woodson out of the game. They got Donald Driver out of the game. They sacked Rodgers 3 times.
That would/should/could have been enough if they played their regular game.
Green Bay FORCED turnovers. Chris Kemoeatu was beaten on the Pick 6 to Nick Collins.
The second INT by Bush was pass interference — period.
Clay Matthews forced the fumble on Rashard Mendenhall.
And that was all she wrote.
Steelers fans are going to have trouble with this one. No doubt. Still, the fans have to suck it up.
The Steelers didn’t cover the muffed punt. The Steelers didn’t cover Mendenhall’s fumble.
The Steelers looked like a dominant team — sometimes. But too many times, they looked out of sync. The Steelers benefited from dropped passes (Nelson and Jones always do that.) It wasn’t enough. The Packers managed 10 points on drives that did not begin with Steelers turnovers, but too many drives began with Steelers turnovers.
You simply cannot have 3 turnovers and expect to win a Super Bowl. The Steelers are very good. They win a -1 game against most teams in the league. They even win a -2 game against many teams. They cannot be expected to win a -3 game. It was too much to ask. And that was never part of the bargain.
The best team won Super Bowl XLV. Kudos to the Packers.