The Green Bay Packers don’t need Brett Favre. In a 31-25 win over the Pittsburg Steelers, Aaron Rodgers took home the Super Bowl ring and MVP award giving the Packers their fourth Super Bowl title and 13th NFL championship.
Rodgers threw 304 yards including a 29-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jordy Nelson, and placing his passes just inches over his receivers outstretched hands for three touchdowns.
The Packers started the game with the first touchdown and after just 24 seconds scored again and stayed in the lead for the entirety of the game. Against the No. 2 ranked defense in the league, the Packers defense showed their dominance with two interceptions.
At the half they lost team leader and 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson to a fractured collarbone, Sam Shields to a shoulder injury and Donald Driver to an ankle sprain. The Super Bowl was the icing on the cake for a season riddled with injuries for the Packers.
The Steelers made a late run, in just four plays they drove 60 yards and were in sight of narrowing the deficit in the third quarter.
The Packers however found their footing and used reserves Pat Lee and Jarrett Bush. Nelson filled the remaining time with nine receptions for 140 yards.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger nailed a 118 passer rating once Driver was out of the picture, but it wasn’t enough to get him the ring, or the MVP title.
Although the Steelers lost the game something should be said for the 400 fans who lost their seats due to unsafe conditions. A total of 1,250 seats were considered unsafe just hours before kickoff leaving people without seats but the offer of a refund at three times each of the ticket’s face value from the league.
The national anthem however could not be refunded after Christina Aguilera revised the lyrics.
The Vince Lombardi Trophy finally comes home to Green Bay for the first time since 1997.