The 2011 Super Bowl has been exactly as close as advertised, but few expected a 28-25 game out of these defenses. After Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings in the end zone to put the Packers up 28-17 the Steelers returned the favor by way of a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass, adding a two-point conversion to narrow the score to 28-25.
Roethlisberger has been relied upon heavily, and results have been mixed—after a slow start he’s 23-for-35 with 243 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. His 31 rushing yards have also extended some crucial drive. Aaron Rodgers has been victimized by dropped passes all night, but he’s still 19-for-33 with 240 yards and three touchdowns. Jordy Nelson has eight receptions, 131 yards, and a touchdown, but some of those drops are on him.
The rushing games have been quiet—with just seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter, James Starks and the Green Bay Packers have just nine carries for 37 yards.