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This Day in Super Bowl History: Packers Beat Steelers in Super Bowl XLV


With the Super Bowl less than a week away, we’re shifting almost all Bleacher Nation NFL content into Super Bowl mode. Today and tomorrow, we’ll look back at some of the Super Bowls to be played on these dates. First up, Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers on February 6, 2011.

I’m thrilled I wasn’t old enough to be in a bar back then. Because seeing the Packers win a Super Bowl might have made for a long night at the end of the bar with my head down.

This was Aaron Rodgers’ one (hopefully only) Super Bowl win with the Packers. Green Bay came out of the gates hot in this one, building a 21-3 lead over the Steelers. Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a 29-yard touchdown to open the scoring in the first quarter.

A Mason Crosby field goal and a Nick Collins pick-six made it 14-0 Green Bay after one quarter in Arlington. Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings for a 21-yard touchdown to make it 21-3. Then the Steelers began to make it interesting.

Near the end of the first half, Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward trimmed the Green Bay lead to two scores with an eight-yard touchdown.

A Rashard Mendenhall touchdown and a Shane Suisham field goal in the third quarter made it 21-17 Packers entering the fourth quarter. However, the Steelers were driving again, but Clay Matthews stripped Rashard Mendenhall at the Green Bay 33. The Mendenhall fumble all but ended the Steelers’ chances.

One more Aaron Rodgers touchdown connection to Jordy Nelson and a field goal sealed the deal for Green Bay.

As a Bears fan, this is one of my least favorite Sper Bowls. I hope I never see another one with Green Bay in it.

You can watch the whole game here on YouTube.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.