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Packers Won Super Bowl XLV With One Dimensional Offense

Coming into Super Bowl XLV, it was obvious that if the Green Bay Packers were going to hold up their end of the bargain that the Las Vegas bookmakers set forth, then they would have to do it in the air and with their athletic defense. A rushing “attack” led by an undrafted rookie who had just over 100 yards on the ground in the entire regular season would not lead the way to victory in Arlington, Texas. No, if the Vince Lombardi Trophy was going to make its way back to Titletown, then the replacement for a legend would have to do pave the way.

James Starks was hardly the offensive star with 52 yards on 11 carries, but it was obvious that Mike McCarthy’s game plan was not relying heavily on the ground and pound. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers earned game MVP honors by going 24 for 39 for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and could have had an even more impressive line of not for the multiple drops by his receiving corps.

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The Packers got to the big game by way of Rodgers’ right arm and they won a championship because of it. Their defense played a big part in the win, as well, and had to get a huge stop on Ben Roethlisberger in a final two minute drill to seal the victory. Big Ben was not effective and threw two picks that resulted in 14 points for Green Bay. Rashard Mendenhall was also held in check by Clay Matthews and company with 63 yards on 14 attempts.

When you have a ballhawk like Troy Polamalu in the secondary and he knows that a pass is coming, it makes the job that Rodgers did even more impressive. “He played great,” said McCarthy. “We put everything on his shoulders. He did a lot at the line of scrimmage for us against a great defense. He did a hell of a job.”

Rodgers actually surpassed Favre in some ways by winning the Super Bowl MVP, something that Favre never did. They both have one championship ring each but Favre is (allagedly) retiring and Rodgers is just starting to come into his own. And he basically did it single-handedly.

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