Super Bowl 45 logo, Green Bay Packers 31VS Pittsburgh Steelers 25, MVP Aaron Rodgers

Super Bowl XLV (45)
Game Summary

Green Bay Packers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Green Bay Packers Superbowl XLV Ring


Green Bay Packers:
Mike McCarthy
Pittsburgh Steelers:
Mike Tomlin

Half Time Show

Headliner: Black Eyed Peas


Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, TX

Date: August 21, 1970
Attendance: 103,219


Aaron Rodgers
Quarterback (QB)
Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers Defeats Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV.  Aaron Rodgers named MVP.

Super Bowl XLV will be the 45th annual edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 41st annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League (NFL). The game, to be played on February 6, 2011, will pit the champions of the AFC and the NFC and will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

This will be the first time that the Super Bowl will be held in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; the third time it will be held in Texas (Houston was the host city to Super Bowls VIII and XXXVIII); and, the fifth time the same city hosting the Super Bowl also hosted a World Series game the preceding autumn. Kickoff time is approximately 6:25pm EST.

Host selection process for Super Bowl XLV

Three NFL cities presented bids for the game:

On January 25, 2007, Super Bowl VI MVP Roger Staubach was named chairman of the North Texas Super Bowl Bid Committee, heading the Metroplex's bid effort. On February 13, 2007, Mayor Robert Cluck and the Arlington City Council passed a resolution supporting the North Texas Bid Committee. On March 28, 2007, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and the rest of Dallas City Council passed a resolution agreeing to back the committee's efforts.

On January 31, 2007, the city of Indianapolis, led by Colts owner Jim Irsay and Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, officially announced details about their intentions to bid for Super Bowl XLV. Indianapolis would have hosted the game at Lucas Oil Stadium, which opened in the late summer of 2008. They got Super Bowl XLVI, to be played the following year, instead.

On February 21, 2007, the Glendale City Council came to a consensus to prepare a bid to host Super Bowl XLV, even though the city and University of Phoenix Stadium already were scheduled to host 2008's Super Bowl XLII.

The NFL owners voted to select the North Texas site on May 22, 2007.


USAFox Sports is scheduled to televise the game in the United States, with Joe Buck as the play-by-play announcer and Troy Aikman, himself a three-time Super Bowl winner as a Dallas Cowboys quarterback, as the color analyst. Mike Pereira will join Buck and Aikman in the broadcast booth to comment on instant replay reviews, while Pam Oliver and Chris Myers will serve as sideline reporters. The pre-game show will feature the Fox NFL Sunday crew of host Curt Menefee and a group of analysts with extensive Super Bowl experiences of their own: Terry Bradshaw (4 time Super Bowl winning QB with the Pittsburgh Steelers), Howie Long (one-time Super Bowl winning linebacker with the then-Los Angeles Raiders), Michael Strahan (one-time Super Bowl winning defensive end with the NY Giants) and Jimmy Johnson (two-time Super Bowl winning head coach with the Cowboys).


Since 15 September 2010, Fox has sold 90% of all available slots. Pepsi-Cola will return after a one-year retreat with three ads for their Pepsi Max drink, which is the official soft drink of the NFL. Pepsi's Frito-Lay brand will also advertise Doritos. Both brands will have their advertisements created by web users as part of the annual USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter contest, which offers a prize of US $5 million. In addition, Anheuser-Busch InBev,, Coca-Cola, and Hyundai have announced plans to buy ad time. Also, E*Trade may be in the commercial list.

Super Bowl XLV Halftime show

To appeal to a younger audience the selection team asked the Black Eyed Peas to perform the Super Bowl XLV halftime show.

Super Bowl XLV Recap

Super Bowl XLV was the 45th annual Super Bowl, the championship game of professional American football. The game decided the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2010 season, and was played between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Green Bay Packers. The game was held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 6, 2011. The Packers defeated the Steelers with a score of 31 to 25. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 24 of 39 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns.

The game was the eighth appearance in the Super Bowl for the Steelers of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, founded in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the fifth for the Packers of Green Bay, Wisconsin, founded in 1919 as the Indian Packers. Going into the game, the Steelers held the record with six Super Bowl wins. The Packers had won the Super Bowl three times, in addition to holding the record of twelve overall NFL titles when including the pre-Super Bowl era. The Steelers most recent Super Bowl win was in the 2008 season at Super Bowl XLIII, while the Packers last won it in the 1996 season at Super Bowl XXXI.

The Steelers, coached by Mike Tomlin since 2007, entered the playoffs with a 12-4 record, compared to the Packers, coached by Mike McCarthy since 2006, with a 10-6 record. In the playoff games, the Steelers entered the Super Bowl off 31-24 and 24-19 victories over the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets respectively. The Packers entered with 21-16, 48-21 and 21-14 victories over the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears respectively, who were the top three seeds entering the post-season. The defending champions from Super Bowl XLIV, the New Orleans Saints, as well as the defending AFC champion Indianapolis Colts, were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round.

The 110,000 capacity Cowboys Stadium, completed on May 27, 2009, is the largest domed stadium in the world. As the new home of the Dallas Cowboys, it was the first time the Super Bowl was played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and the third time it was held in the state of Texas, with the city of Houston having hosted Super Bowl VIII and Super Bowl XXXVIII previously. Per convention as an odd-numbered Super Bowl, the Packers as the NFC representatives had the home team designation, wearing green jerseys. The game was broadcast live on Fox. The National Anthem was sung by Christina Aguilera and the halftime show featured the American hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas.

After the first three drives of the game ended with punts, Green Bay opened up the scoring with Aaron Rodgers' 29-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, who managed to pull slightly ahead of cornerback William Gay enough to make a leaping catch and fall into the end zone. Then on the first play after the ensuing kickoff, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was hit by Howard Green as he threw a pass, causing the ball to go well short of his intended target near the left sideline where it was intercepted by Nick Collins and returned 37 yards for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 14-0 lead. As it became clear at the end of the game, this score continued the streak of Super Bowl victories recorded by teams scoring on an interception runback. They are now 11-0 in such games. Also it was the third consecutive Super Bowl with an interception return for a touchdown, as well as the eighth such score in the last ten Super Bowls.

This time Pittsburgh managed to respond, driving 49 yards in 13 plays including Roethlisberger's 18-yard run on 3rd down and 9. Shaun Suisham finished the drive with a 33-yard field goal to cut the score to 14-3. Then after forcing a punt, the Steelers drove to midfield, but turned the ball over again when Roethlisberger's pass was intercepted by defensive back Jarrett Bush at the 47. Then Rodgers led the Packers to another score, completing two passes for 20 yards before James Starks' 12-yard run moved the ball to the 21-yard line. On the next play, Green Bay increased their lead to 21-3 with Rodgers' 21-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. Taking the ball back with 2:24 left in the second quarter, Pittburgh stormed back, starting with Roethlisberger's 37-yard completion to Antwaan Randle El on their first play. After that, receiver Hines Ward caught 3 passes for 39 yards on the drive, the last one an 8-yard touchdown catch with just 37 seconds left in the half, making the score 21-10 at halftime. The first half had taken a heavy toll on both teams. The Steelers lost receiver Emmanuel Sanders to injury, while the Packers lost reciever Donald Driver along with defensive backs Charles Woodson and Sam Shields. Shield would be the only player among them who would return.

Pittsburgh's defense forced Green Bay to punt on the first drive of the second half, and got the ball at midfield thanks to a facemask call on Tom Crabtree while tackling Antonio Brown on the punt return. The offense then stormed down the field, scoring with just five plays (all runs). First Rashard Mendenhall broke free along with right sideline for a 17-yard run. Then Isaac Redman crashed through the middle for 3 yards, and Roethlisberger ran for 6, bringing up third down and 1. On the next play, Redman tried to run up the middle, but was held up at the line, so he backed away and ran to the outside for a 16-yard gain to the 8-yard line. Then Mendenhall scored an 8-yard touchdown run on the next play, making the score 21-17. After forcing a punt, Pittsburgh mounted a drive to the Packers 29-yard line, but Green Bay's defense made a key stand. First Roethlisberger's pass was batted down behind the line by linebacker Clay Matthews. Then Roethlisberger tried a screen pass to tight end Heath Miller, but Desmond Bishop tackled him for a 3-yard loss. Then on third down Frank Zombo sacked Roethlisberger on the 34, and Suisham's ensuing 52-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Steelers lost their third turnover of the game when Mendenhall fumbled the ball while being tackled behind the line by Matthews. Bishop recovered the ball and returned it 7 yards to the Packers 45. Five plays later on third down and 10, Rodgers completed a 38-yard pass to Nelson at the Steelers 2-yard line. Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley sacked him for a 6-yard loss on the next play, but he made up for it with a 8-yard touchdown pass to Jennings after that, increasing the Packers lead to 28-17. But Roethlisberger led the Steelers right back with 6 of 7 completions. After a 9-yard pass to tight end Matt Spaeth, he threw three completions to receiver Mike Wallace for 27 yards to the Green Bay 40-yard line. Then after a 15-yard completion to Ward, he finished the drive with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wallace. Then on the two-point conversion play, Roethlisberger faked a handoff to Mendenhall and ran up to the line before pitching the ball to Randle El, who scored on an outside sweep, cutting the Steelers deficit to 3 points at 28-25.

Green Bay took the ball back with just over 7 minutes left, and found themselves facing third down and 10 after three plays. But Rodgers kept the drive going with a 31-yard completion to Jennings over the middle. Then Starks ran 14 yards to the Steelers 30. Two plays later, James Jones caught a 21-yard pass at the 8. The Steelers defense managed to keep Green Bay out of the end zone, but Mason Crosby's 23-yard field goal gave them a 31-25 lead with 2:07 left in regulation.

Pittsburgh got the ball back on their own 13-yard line following a penalty on the kickoff. On their first play, Roethlisberger completed a 15-yard pass to Miller. But after a 5-yard reception by Ward, his next three passes were incomplete, turning the ball over and allowing the Packers to run out the rest of the clock.

Nelson was the top receiver of the game with 9 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown, while also gaining 19 more yards on a kick return. Jennings added 64 yards and 2 touchdowns. Roethlisberger completed 25 of 40 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns, with 2 interceptions, and ran for 31 yards. His top target was Wallace, who caught 9 passes for 89 yards and a score. Mendenhall was the top rusher of the game with 64 yards and a touchdown.

Scoring Information

 ScoreTimeFirst DownsEfficiencies
Game Summary PossRPXT3Down4Down
Pittsburgh Steelers2533:258110197/130/1
Green Bay Packers3126:354110156/130/0
TeamQtrTimePlay Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info)VisitorHome
Packers13:44J.Nelson 29 yd. pass from A.Rodgers (M.Crosby kick) (9-80, 4:33)07
Packers13:20N.Collins 37 yd. interception return (M.Crosby kick)014
Steelers211:08S.Suisham 33 yd. Field Goal (13-49, 7:12)314
Packers22:24G.Jennings 21 yd. pass from A.Rodgers (M.Crosby kick) (4-53, 2:04)321
Steelers20:39H.Ward 8 yd. pass from B.Roethlisberger (S.Suisham kick) (7-77, 1:45)1021
Steelers310:19R.Mendenhall 8 yd. run (S.Suisham kick) (5-50, 2:20)1721
Packers411:57G.Jennings 8 yd. pass from A.Rodgers (M.Crosby kick) (8-55, 2:53)1728
Steelers47:34M.Wallace 25 yd. pass from B.Roethlisberger (A.Randle El run) (7-66, 4:23)2528
Packers42:07M.Crosby 23 yd. Field Goal (10-70, 5:27)2531
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