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January 24th, 2011

Super Bowl 2011: The match up is now set. After months of waiting for this moment, we finally have the teams to do battle on February 6th in Dallas in Super Bowl XLV.

The Steelers took care of the Jets Sunday sidestepping a late surge by New York. Their defense gave the Jets fits and their running attack was just as prolific.

The Packers also had a fortuitous day. They sealed the game late in the fourth quarter when one of their defensive linemen, BJ Raji, had a Caleb Hanie pass float right to him. His touchdown put the Packers up for good.

Now we have a game pitting two of the most storied franchises in football against one another. Regardless of the outcome, the fans are sure to come out winners.

Here is the breakdown of Super Bowl XLV:

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass in the second half against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Ge

Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger

The most important position on the field during the Super Bowl will be occupied by two of the best. Both quarterbacks are playing at a high rate of production right now.

They seem to be peaking at the right time. The thing I love most about these guys is their grit. You have to believe that either one would still consider playing if one of their limbs was chopped off. They bring a true warrior mentality to the position.

Despite some interceptions, Rodgers was masterful for most of the NFC game. If he is left with some time in the pocket, he will pick apart any defense, including “Hits-Burgh’s.”

Advantage: Green Bay Packers

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up the Lamar Hunt trophy after the Steelers defeated the New York Jets 24 to 19 in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Penns

Green Bay Packers: James Starks, Brandon Jackson, John Kuhn

Pittsburgh Steelers: Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman

The Packers spent the whole 2010 season without a true number one running back. It is a startling fact considering their success. The Packers have given the ball to one play over any other in the post season. Jason Starks has done quite a good job at alleviating some of the weight off Aaron Rodgers shoulders. But the Steelers get the edge here.

Rashard Mendenhall is a sleek back that also houses the talents of a bruiser. He will battle you for every inch. You also better wrap him up because he is very adept at breaking tackles. The Green Bay defense does a fine job of stopping the run. It is a good thing too because they have their hands full with Mendenhall.

Advantage: Green Bay Packers

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Wide receivers Greg Jennings #85, Donald Driver #80 and Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers on their sideline agains tthe Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois

Green Bay Packers: Greg Jennings, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, Heath Miller

The Steelers like to pound the ball on the ground first. After that they spread the ball to all corners. One game may feature Mike Wallace another may tout Hines Ward. You never know who is going to get the majority of touches. But that is the genius of the Steelers receiving corps. They are unselfish individuals that play for team first.

The Packers have a receiving corps that could do damage on any defense in the NFL. At times they are unstoppable, just ask the Atlanta Falcons. It is unclear if Aaron Rodgers delivers a great many precise passes of if these guys have glue laden hands. Either way, I take their receivers and their ability to break ankles on the cut any day.

Advantage: Green Bay Packers

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamu

Green Bay Packers: Mike McCarthy

Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin

Both coaches are worthy of the stage that the Super Bowl presents before them. Each coach has had to face adversity through the season. Most importantly, they sidestepped certain disaster to get to this stage in the season.

McCarthy needed a win in the final game of the season to get into the playoffs. He not only beat the Bears on their home field to end the season, he did it again on Sunday to get into the Super Bowl. Game planning for a team that knows you backwards and forwards must be intense.

Mike Tomlin had to avert a potential disaster when his starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was suspended by the Steelers to open the stadium. Tomlin gets my my vote here. He has a calm about him that soothes players at the most intense moments. That will come in handy at the Super Bowl.

Advantage: Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Pittsburgh Steelers fans cheer during their 2011 AFC Championship game against the New York Jets at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers:

Opponent Passing Yards/Rank: 194.2/5th

Opponent Rushing Yards/Rank: 114.9/18th

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Opponent Passing Yards/Rank: 214.1/12th

Opponent Rushing Yards/Rank: 62.8/1st

The Packers and Steelers have their fare share of play makers on the defensive side of the ball. By both teams being represented in the Super Bowl, it is assured to make the Pro Bowl next week become a shoot out.

Both defenses cover teams well. The interesting item will be how each team fares to the their opponents strength. The Steelers stop the run. It is too bad that Green Bay loves to throw the ball. Similarly, the Packers have a stout secondary, that will do little to stop the Steelers running game.

I have seen the Packers defense play much better ball in the post season. As it stands now, they have the hotter hand. As ridiculous as it sounds, the Packers are shutting down some pretty good offenses lately and I give them the edge.

Advantage: Green Bay Packers

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers talks to his team after the Packers 21-14 victory against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan

How can you measure the intangibles? It is the way a team carries themselves on and off the field. It is the way they complete hustle plays. Intangibles carry from the locker room onto the field of play.

Both of these teams have them in droves. Each team has had to side step adversity. The 2010 season has not been smooth sailing. That fact has brought these two teams closer together. It makes them all the more lovable to watch. It also makes it infinitely more difficult to pick a fan favorite.

Advantage: Draw

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Fans of the Green Bay Packers celebrate after their team defeated the New York Jets on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Packers defeated the Jets 9-0.  (Photo by Jim McI

I can’t whittle down a winner here either. Both fan bases are known to brave ridiculously cold weather to root on their respective teams.

The recent weeks have been good to both teams selling jerseys and other paraphernalia online. I will go the safe rout and call this one a draw. That smart man realizes when he is up against two maniacal fan bases that take their beloved teams very seriously.

The NFL is better because of them.

Advantage: Draw

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Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl Titles: 6

Conference Titles: 8

Playoff Appearances: 26

Green Bay Packers 

NFL Championships: 9

Super Bowl Titles: 3

Conference Titles: 13

Playoff Appearances: 26

Super Bowl XLV will truly pit two of the most successful franchises in sports history against one another. The Steelers have had more success during the Super Bowl era, but I give the edge to Green Bay.

The reason is simple, Vince Lombardi. Before him thee was no such thing as winning. The man invented being victorious. That’s fairly remarkable.

Advantage: Green Bay Packers

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy holds the George Halas Trophy as he is interviewed by Fox's Terry Bradshaw after the Packers 21-14 victory against the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on Januar

Now we come down to the meat of the article. The winner of the Super Bowl will control the ball, clock and tempo. The team will be proficient on both sides of the ball.

Most of all, the winner will make use of the holes in their opponents schemes. So far, the Packers have done a better job doing just that in the post season. That is not to say that this game will be a lopsided affair. On the contrary, this has the makings of a classic Super Bowl.

You have two defensive teams that also boast powerful productive offenses. There will be enough scoring to make it interesting and enough defense to make it respectable.

Prediction: Green Bay Packers 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 24

MVP: Aaron Rodgers

from:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/582607-super-bowl-2011-breaking-down-the-packers-vs-steelers-matchup

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Ben Roethlisberger was born on March 2nd, 1982 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Roethlisberger

March 2nd, 1982

3 + 2 +1+9+8+2 = 25 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Excitement.  Thrilling.  Rooting for the underdog.

 

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March 2nd, 1982

March 2nd

3 + 2 +2+0+1+0 = 8 = his personal year (from March 2nd, 2010 to March 1st, 2011) = Strength.  Discipline.  Status.  Power.  Control.  Prestige.

8 year + 2 (February) = 10 = his personal month (from February 2nd, 2011 to March 1st, 2011) = Opportunities.  Coincidences.  Synchronicities.  Serendipity.  Destiny.  Fortune.  Fate.  Circumstances.  Setting.  Placement.  Timing.  Fortunate.  Boons.  Chance.  Randomness.  Shuffle.  Coin toss.  Predestination.   

10 month + 6 (6th of the month on Sunday February 6th, 2011) = 16 = his personal day = Shocks.  Surprises.  Unpredictable.  Expect the unexpected.  Anything can happen.

 

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Aaron Rodgers was born on December 2nd, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Rodgers

December 2nd, 1983

12 + 2 +1+9+8+3 = 35 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Perseverance.  Endurance.  Stamina.  Hanging in there.  Never giving up.

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December 2nd, 1983

December 2nd

12 + 2 +2+0+1+0 = 17 = his personal year (from December 2nd, 2010 to December 1st, 2011) = Inspired.  Inspirational.  Optimistic.  Staying positive.  The power of positive thinking.

17 year + 2 (February) = 19 = his personal month (from February 2nd, 2011 to March 1st, 2011) = Proud of his hard earned success.

19 month + 6 (6th of the month on Sunday February 6th, 2011) = 25 = his personal day = Excitement.  Thrilling.  Rooting for the underdog.  Ben Roethlisberger.

 

Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Ben Roethlisberger’s life lesson number is 25 (March 2nd, 1982 (3 + 2 +1+9+8+2 = 25)).  It will be Aaron Rodger’s 25 day on Super Bowl Sunday February 6th, 2011.  So, not surprisingly, Ben Roethlisberger will be potentially significant to Aaron Rodgers on that day.

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