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Super Bowl XLV: A Match Made in History

Regina Graham |
February 4, 2011 | 4:18 p.m. PST

Staff Writer

Ben Roethlisberger could solidify his name among the all-time elite QBs. (Jeffrey Beall/Creative Commons)
Ben Roethlisberger could solidify his name among the all-time elite QBs. (Jeffrey Beall/Creative Commons)
It’s not just any old football game. It’s the freaking Super Bowl.

The final showdown where two teams go head to head for the most coveted trophy in the game after they fought off the other 30 National Football League teams.

In the grand scheme of the sports world, a Super Bowl win means much more than just bragging rights for both the Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers. The winner of the highly anticipated game will go down in history winning their 13th or 7th championship game.

A potential win for the black and yellow squad would put head coach Mike Tomlin back in the history books. Tomlin led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII becoming the youngest head coach in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. Now he has a chance to be the youngest head coach to coach in and win a second Super Bowl title.

After being suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was able to pull it together and help his team to the finale. Even with two rings on hand, a third one for Big Ben would be the icing on the cake after beginning the season on a bad note.

Most importantly, a third ring would place him in the elite company of football legends Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to have three or more Super Bowl wins as a starter.

Coming into Sunday’s game, his Green Bay counterpart, Aaron Rodgers, has played at an extremely high level this season. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now.

A win for the Packers would not only solidify him as talent not to be reckoned with, it would also give him his first ring. Even though his performance in the NFC championship game was a little rocky, Rodgers should be able to pull it together and put on a great show on the NFL’s biggest stage.

Most importantly, the potential win for the Packers would be a Super Bowl win without former quarterback Brett Favre. The cheese head touting fans that dislike Favre for leaving the team could laugh it all the way to the bank with a Super Bowl win without him.

Rodgers may not be as experienced as Favre, but he still got the team to the Super Bowl. He is the complete package with great passing skills and a dynamic leadership style that sets him apart from other young quarterbacks in the league.

Either way it goes, whoever wins Sunday’s showdown in Dallas will make history.  Whether it is the Steelers or Packers, both teams have worked extremely hard to get to this final point.

It will be a game that goes down in the record books. Guaranteed.

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