I'd just like to say I completely NAILED the pick, right down to the detail about Pittsburgh dominating time of possession and the Packers needing to build a two-score lead.
Woodson's injury shifted this whole game and made Pittsburgh's offense more aerial, but ultimately they were betrayed by one of the worst games I've seen Roethlisberger ever play. He almost pulled off his patented "Suck Until The Last 2 Minutes" routine, but the Steelers offense was just a mess throughout, and the 6 point defecit was too much to overcome. If they had been down 3, it was inevitable overtime.
The Steelers didn't lose this game defensively. They held Green Bay's offense to 24 points, and forced 6 punts. They lost because their receivers ran sloppy routes, the offensive line was simply terrible, their kicker missed a 52 yard field goal about 30 yards wide, and Ben was completely inaccurate and inept. His pick-six was one of the ugliest plays in Super Bowl history. Can we stop comparing him to Tom Brady now?
Give a TON of credit to Desmond Bishop and Jarrett Bush, who stepped up and made huge plays all night for the Packers D. Bishop tackled like a beast, and Bush filled in for Woodson and shut down Hines Ward. Nick Collins made a great play on the interception return, and Clay Matthews was his usual dominant self., forcing the fumble which swung the momentum and ultimately won the game for Green Bay. If Rodgers didn't have such a flawless game (24/39, 304 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 111.5 rating), I would have nominated Matthews for MVP.
But this game was all about Aaron Rodgers, who vaulted past Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and is now neck-and-neck with Tom Brady, the unanimous MVP, for the best quarterback alive. It's funny how one game will do that. He played a near-perfect game against the league's best defense, and surgically picked apart an overrated Steelers secondary while completely avoiding the big-haired Polynesian. It was a masterpiece. No interceptions, no fumbles, and he endured 4 crucial drops.
The star of Rodgers's offense was Jordy Nelson, who had more passes thrown his way than Greg Jennings, James Jones and Donald Driver combined. He finished with 9 catches for 140 yards and 1 TD, though he had 3 of the aforementioned drops. He easily could have gone for 12 catches, 180 yards and 2 TDs, which might have made him the MVP.
The lone goat on Green Bay was cornerback Tramon Williams, who has evolved into an excellent shutdown CB this postseason. But as a return specialist, he couldn't have been more useless. He muffed the first punt of the game, nearly giving the Steelers an early 7-0 lead. Then in the third quarter he didn't field a punt at midfield, let it bounce for 35 yards when he could have caught it and gone down, and then committed a ridiculous roughing penalty for 15 more yards. The Packers should have started at the 50, and instead began inside their own 10.
But nonetheless, Green Bay won, which is all that matters. And I finished my picks just a hair over 54% against-the-spread this season. Next year's goal is 58%.
In just one night, Aaron Rodgers became a super-duper-mega star, Ben Roetherlisberger reverted to being a fat-faced rapist, Jordy Nelson became a household name, Christina Aguilera became an unpatriotic slut, and millions of Steelers fans will have to wait til next year to wave their stupid yellow towels and yell nonsense.
Oh, and the Lions now have the second longest winning streak in the NFL.
Good season everybody. Now we just have to wait 3 months for the Draft, and hope the freaking owners will quit crying and let us have a season next year.