Four Plays That Won Super Bowl XLV For the Packers
It’s day two of the Green Bay Packers’ reign as world champions and to most fans it feels just as good as it did last night. As it should have, the game came down to the final minutes and could have gone in either team’s favor. But as it usually is in close games, there were a handful of plays that went the Packers’ way which ultimately helped them take down the Steelers.
Here’s a look at five plays in which the ball bounced in Green Bay’s favor, helping them pick up their fourth Super Bowl title and 13th world championship.
1. Clay Matthews’ forced fumble on Rashard Mendenhall, recovered by Desmond Bishop
The set-up: 21-17 Packers, 4th quarter, 15:00 remaining, Steelers with the ball on the Packers’ 33
The breakdown: At this point in the game, the momentum had completely swung in the Steelers’ favor. The Packers had just punted after a three-and-out, and an 8-yard run by Mendenall to begin the drive had the Steelers looking at the go-ahead score. But on the second play of the drive, Mendenhall took a handoff and attempted to bounce outside, but was met by Matthews, who popped the ball free with a huge hit. Desmond Bishop recovered the fumble and the Packers scored on their next possession, an 8-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings.
2. Nick Collins’ interception returned for a touchdown
The set-up: 7-0 Packers, 1st quarter, 3:34 remaining, Steelers with the ball on their own 7
The breakdown: On the heels of a Jordy Nelson touchdown reception to get the scoring going, the Steelers found themselves backed up to the 7-yard line after an illegal block in the back call. On the first play of the drive, Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looked for Mike Wallace on a deep fade down the left sideline. However, defensive lineman Howard Green had snuck into the backfield and hit Big Ben’s arm as soon as he released it, causing the ball to be severely underthrown. Waiting for the pass attempt was Nick Collins, who swooped in and caught the ball at the 37, dodging Steelers’ defenders all the way to the endzone. The play gave the Packers’ an early 14-0 lead that they were able to work with the remainder of the game. They never trailed.
3. Aaron Rodgers throws a 31-yard bullet to Greg Jennings
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