2011 Super Bowl XLV ‐2011 ‐ Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Green Bay Packers 31
Pittsburgh Steelers 25
February 6, 2011
Super Bowl XLV took place at Cowboy Stadium, and was the first time the Super Bowl was played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It was between NFC Champion Green Bay Packers (10-6) and AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4), both of them title-heavy franchises. Coming into the game, the Packers had 12 NFL Championships (3 Super Bowls, and 9 pre-Super Bowl championships). The Steelers had 6 Super Bowl championships, the most in the league, and they were appearing for a record-tying 8th time in the Super Bowl.
The first three drives all ended in punts, so the first score came on the 4th drive. Aaron Rodgers threw a pass to Jordy Nelson to give Green Bay a 7-0 lead.
On the first play after the kickoff, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was hit as he threw the pass. It fell short and was picked off by Nick Collins, who ran it back to give Green Bay a 14-0 lead. This was the 3rd Super Bowl in a row where the winning team had an interception they ran back for a touchdown.
The Steelers responded with a 49-yard drive that led to a field goal, making the score 14-3. The Packers were forced to punt on their next drive, but Roethlisberger threw another interception to give Green Bay back the ball.
The Packers turned the interception into another touchdown to lead 21-3 with 2:24 left in the second quarter.
Pittsburgh responded with a fast drive (less than 2 minutes) to the end zone, getting a touchdown with 37 seconds left in the half to make the score 21-10.
Green Bay received the second half kickoff, but was forced to punt. The Steelers got the ball at midfield and drove it into the touchdown with five consecutive running plays. The rest of the drives in the 3rd quarter went back and forth with no one scoring, so the 3rd quarter ended with the score 21-17.
The Steelers fumbled on the first play of the fourth quarter. The Packers got it on their 45 yard line, and drove it into a touchdown, widening their lead to 28-17.
Pittsburgh got the kickoff and responded with a scoring drive of their own. They did a 2-point conversion at the end, and the score became 28-25, the closest score all day.
The Packers got the ball back with just over 7 minutes left in the game, and did a 5 minute drive that ended in a field goal. The Steelers got the ball back with 2:07 left in the game, and the score 31-25. The Packers held them to a turnover on downs, then ran out the clock to win.
MVP of the game was Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns. Green Bay was the first 6-seeded NFC team to compete in a Super Bowl, and the first 6-seeded NFC team to win one.
Around the World on February 6th, 2011
- Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal of Nepal took his oath of office.
- Egyptian protest continue for the 13th straight day against the Mubarak regime. This day was named the “Day of Martyrs” in honor of those who were killed.
- Stefaan Engels, known as the “Marathon Man,” sets a new world record by competing in 365 marathons in a single year.
Around the NFL in 2011
- March 11th – Due to a labor dispute between league owners and players, an NFL lockout begins.
- July 25th – The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) becomes the exclusive player collective bargaining representative, ending the lockout after 130 days.
- August 4th – NFL players ratify an agreement with the owners that’s good through 2021.
- August 7th – Due to the lockout, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game (traditionally the start of preseason) is canceled.
- August 11th – Preseason starts with the San Diego Chargers vs. the Seattle Seahawks.
- August 27th – The preseason game between the New York Jets and New York Giants is moved to Monday, August 29th because of Hurricane Irene.
- September 8th – The season starts with a home game at Lambeau field for Super Bowl Champs Green Bay Packers
- The 2011 Season was the last season where Reebok was the exclusive provider of caps and uniforms, ending a ten-year deal that started in 2001.