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Super Bowl XLV Preview
Two of the most storied programs in professional football are set to meet in the most expensive sporting venue in the world.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have nine Super Bowl trophies between them and will face each other Sunday in Super Bowl XLV.
Tough they’ll play indoors at the $1 billion Cowboys Stadium, the winter storm that’s blanketed north Texas is fitting for two cold-weather teams.
The Steelers (12-4) beat the Arizona Cardinals two years ago for their sixth Super Bowl all-time and their second since 2006.
Pittsburgh, buoyed by their typical lock-down defense and strong-armed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, beat the New York Jets and division rival Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs.
The Packers (10-6) beat Michael Vick and the Eagles, the NFC’s top-ranked Atlanta Falcons and the Bears to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl since 1997.
Sunday’s matchup pits two of the league’s most dynamic quarterbacks in Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Roethlisberger. Both signal-callers are adept at avoiding the pass rush and making plays outside the pocket.
Rodgers completes 65.7 percent of his passes and finished the regular season with 3,922 passing yards and 28 touchdowns.
Roethlisberger returned from a league-mandated, four-game suspension to finish with 3,200 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Roethlisberger, however, will have a new center for the game after first-year player Maurkice Pouncey was ruled out of the Super Bowl due to a high ankle sprain suffered in the AFC Championship Game.
Second-year center Doug Legursky, who has played all three positions along the line and even lined up at fullback, will start in place of Pouncey.
That could be good news for Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji, who is the centerpiece of Green Bay’s 3-4 defense led by Dom Capers.
Both defenses run similar 3-4 schemes as Capers was once an assistant with Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau while they worked on Bill Cowher’s staff.
The zone-blitz concept was birthed by LeBeau and used by both coordinators throughout stops with Cincinnati (LeBeau) and Carolina (Capers) and Houston (Capers).
In the 3-4, rush linebackers play a crucial part in creating pocket pressure.
For Green Bay, second-year linebacker Clay Matthews has been unstoppable at times this season with 13.5 sacks.
His Pittsburgh counterpart is 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, who returned an interception off Kurt Warner for a 100-yard score two years ago in Pittsburgh’s last Super Bowl win.
Harrison is known as a big-hitter.
Linebacker play is a staple of both defenses, but both teams have a dynamic, Pro Bowl defensive back to keep an eye on.
Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu finished the regular season with seven interceptions despite missing two games to injury.
Green Bay veteran cornerback Charles Woodson had just two interceptions this season, but accounted for 92 tackles – third most on the team. He’s lined up in the slot and out wide, giving Capers the option of blitzing him and letting him play coverage. Woodson forced five fumbles this season.
Pittsburgh’s defense led the league with 14.5 points given up per game. Green Bay was just a hair behind at 15.
Two premier quarterbacks, two crushing 3-4 defenses and two of the most historic teams in league history will create what looks to be a classic Super Bowl.