Well America, the majority of you said you wanted the Green Bay Packers to win and guess what, The Pittsburgh Steelers gave you their wish just like they gave the Packers the game with three turnovers that led to 21 points in their 25-31 loss Sunday night. If you sense a bit of bitterness, you are more than likely right as objective journalism goes out the window in a sense after the performance my Steelers put up on America’s biggest stage.
But enough about Pittsburgh, the night, and the offseason, belong to the new SuperBowl Champs, the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers, despite what will be said in the coming week, weren’t dominant in this win but they did capitalize on turnovers and converted short fields into touchdowns, a vital key to success. Rodgers completed the day with over 300 yards passing and 3 touchdowns, the performance clutch enough to earn him SuperBowl MVP in his first appearance in the game.
Oh, and by the way, this win by Rodgers gives him exactly the same amount of SuperBowl wins as Brett Favre but he edges out Favre in the number of SuperBowl MVP’s.
"You can stop it now," veteran receiver Donald Driver said to doubters of Rodgers. "Aaron’s proved that he’s one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in this game today."
I can’t say he’s the best in the game, granted this win will leap-frog him into the top four QB’s in the league (a list that Roethlisberger will slip farther down now despite he has double the rings of anyone outside of New England among active quarterbacks…nope, not bitter), but for one postseason, he performed like nobody in recent memory and gave the self titled ‘Titletown’ another notch in its belt.
"That is where it belongs," linebacker A.J. Hawk said. "As long as the Packers have lived, it’s going to be great to bring that back."
With the SuperBowl behind us, we, as football fans and players alike, head into an offseason filled with as much uncertainty as any I can remember. With the Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire on March 3rd, the looming threat of a lockout will keep everyone on pins and needles till a new deal is agreed upon. On the bright side, the two sides did meet Saturday for a two hour meeting that Commissioner Roger Goodell labeled ‘Beneficial’.
"It’s always a positive when both parties are talking," Goodell said. "My focus is on the next three or four weeks. I’ve often said, our agreement expires on March 4th. We have to use that period of time to reach an agreement that’s fair for the players, fair for the clubs, and allows our great game to grow for our fans."