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Packers intercept Lombardi trophy from Steelers

February 7, 2011

Thirteen championships, four Super Bowls and one Lombardi Trophy later, the Green Bay Packers became the world champions Sunday night after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super bowl XLV.

In what many believed would be a close game, fought defensively between the two best defenses in the NFL, this Super bowl almost came down to the wire as the Packers won by six points.

Green Bay’s quarterback and the SuperBowl MVP, Aaron Rogers, had a stellar game with a passer rating of 24-39, and was the fourth QB in Superbowl history to have 300+ yards, three TD’s and zero interceptions (Jake Delhomme, Steve Young and Joe Montana were the other three).

Rogers was the difference maker in this game as both defenses pounded hard against the line, but the Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger, couldn’t keep up with Rogers almost flawless performance, as Roethlisberger was 25-40 in pass completions, threw for 263 yards, had two TD’s and two interceptions.

The Packers also took advantage of the three turnovers by the Steelers and converted them into points each time. This was the third straight Superbowl with a pick-6 as well.

The game proved to be a tough one from the beginning, as the Steelers went 3-and-out on their first possession and no one getting far down field until the Packers second possession, where Jordy Nelson made a small gain but big catch to get Green Bay down the field, and then right after caught a 30-yarder for first touchdown of the game.

The Steelers came back out strong, but within seconds, Nick Collins got a pick-6 and put the Packers up 14-0.

Roethlisberger wasn’t ready to let that happen again and despite a hard fall on his knee and having trouble getting up, right after ran for a gain of 18-yards when Green Bay’s defensive line went in for the sack but made the one error defense never wants to make with the mobile Big Ben—giving him the open pocket to run.

This would lead to a 33-yard field goal attempt to make the score 14-3.

 

But the Packers defense gave Big Ben more trouble as they scored once more after Bush intercepted the ball, leading to a TD pass to Greg Jennings.

The score going into the half would end up 21-10 after Roethlisberger finally found his receiver, Hines Ward, in the end zone with 39-seconds left in the half.

The Steelers, with 28 players with Superbowl experience, came out of the locker room in the second half (after a pretty atrocious half time show) ready to prove why they have six SuperBowl rings.

Rashard Mendenhall ran into the endzone, dragging a defensive player as he pounded his way in, and the Pittsburgh defense held the Packers back, allowing only one first down since the score had been 21-3.

The Packers seemed to be getting a little lose at the edges at the end of the third quarter with the score 21-17 (and were in luck after Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham missed a 52-yard FG attempt).

Clay Matthews, the big man on defense for Green Bay, wasn’t ready to let this game slip through his teams’ fingers. He forced a big cough up when he caused Mendenhall to fumble and the Packers recovered on their 45.

Rogers, without veteran WR Donald Driver (ankle),  who had been sidelined in the first half, was looking up to Jordy Nelson, who had four dropped passes and James Jones who couldn’t seem to get it together after dropping perfect throws.

But when Rogers anticipated the blitz from Pittsburgh and quickly found Nelson–who redeemed himself for those dropped passes—and he ran the ball down to the 1-yard line. Jennings caught the big pass in the end zone from Rogers just under 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter bumping the score to 28-17.

Roethlisberger led his team down the field, and found Mike Wallace, who had a 25-yard running catch into the endzone, and the Steelers went for the two-point conversion, tossing the ball to Antwaan Randle El to get the Steelers to 25 and trail the Packers by three.

Former Buffalo kicker Crosby would hit a 23-yard field goal right after to put the Packers up 31-25, where the score would remain after the Steelers wasted the last two minutes of the game and couldn’t get the first down as the Packers defense held strong…and would take the rings and trophy.

“It’s a great day to be Green Bay,” receiver Jennings yelled out at the end of the game with a big smile on his face.

And he couldn’t be more right. The Lombardi trophy is now back in Green Bay and the Packers gave America’s cheese head fans a reason to celebrate their new world champions.

Preview and predictions: Superbowl XLV

February 5, 2011

Superbowl Sunday is a holy day of obligation for many sports fanatics, and Superbowl XLV won’t be an exception as the Steelers hope to grab their seventh ring when they face the Packers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have been prepping all week for one of the biggest days in sports  at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and what it will come down to is defense.

Both teams own the bragging rights of being the top two defenses in the league, but at the same time, both teams have two of the smarter quarterbacks that are going to be needing protection.

Who will come away with that Lombardi trophy come February 6?

It will all come down to the offensive linemen protecting their leader in Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rogers.

Key plays for both QBs are going to be protecting the ball from the rush, quick snaps and throwing immediately, and being mobile.

If it comes down to that, I believe Aaron Rogers will lead the Green Bay Packers to victory as he knows how to look quickly and find his receiver, and even if James Harrison and the rest of the “fantastic four” linebackers for the Steelers get past the Packers line, Rogers knows how to hold onto the ball and not fumble.

He also seems to have a knack of knowing where to drop the ball perfectly into the hands of his receivers within three seconds after the snap, which is going to be a big difference maker Sunday.

On the Steelers side, Roethlisberger is a little bit more clumsy when hit, and with Clay Matthews dominance and the absence of Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers center) out due to high ankle sprain, the Steelers might find themselves in trouble when the Packers defense presses hard. Especially after a botched snap caused a fumble in the AFC championship game.

Don’t be too quick to overlook Big Ben, though; he also is extremely talented in being mobile on his feet and can change a play as needed and gets the ball down the field and in the endzone.

What are your predictions?

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Around the League in 80 seconds…week 2

September 21, 2010

In case you missed the news, sportscenter, or any other ESPN/news program, you might have missed some headline making news covering the NFL in the past two days.

Injuries, arrests and deaths.  Heavy stuff and not the way any fan wants to begin the season.

First, the tragic death of Denver Broncos WR Kenny McKinley. McKinley was found Monday in his home from apparent suicide from a gun wound.

The promising wide receiver was a young 23-years old and the father of a baby boy. As of now, there are no reasons of why or what may have happened to have caused this only two weeks into the season. Some speculations are McKinley’s current injuries or maybe money.

McKinley’s agent, Andrew Bondarowicz, said family and friends are at a loss to explain the death of a young man “who had such a love for life.”

“Everybody has their explanations, their own theories. Whether it was injuries, no one’s going to know for sure,” Bondarowicz said. “It’s a tough situation all the way around.

“Some people speculate that it was his being injured, some said it was financial challenges. … It’s a tragic situation.”

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The Hard Knock life of a DWI The New York Jets have been loud and proud of the progress they have made over the past few years.  After this summer’s show “A Hard Knock Life” featuring the team, they made it clear they intended to make moves and dominate the field this season.

However,  WR Braylon Edwards must have started celebrating early after the Jets big win over the New England Patriots on Sunday after being arrested for a DWI on Tuesday morning.

He was pulled over due to the tinting of his SUV’s windows, and when the police on scene smelled alcohol, had him use a breathalyzer; he blew a .16 which is two times the legal limit.

The Jets and the league are going to have to go over Edwards past to determine whether or not he will be fined or suspended based off their substance abuse policy. (more…)

2010 NFL power rankings

September 9, 2010

Tonight it all begins:  football season.

Kicking off first is returning Superbowl Champions, the New Orlean Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

Before the season gets started though, here is a quick rundown of some of my power rankings of all 32 teams based off of pre- and off- season performances, the top 15 with descriptions:

1. Saints. They might still have a Superbowl hangover, but in tonight’s season opener, they stand to be hte seventh champions to win that first game. With Drew Brees leading his team and Reggie Bush ready to put his about to get stripped Heisman trophy past behind him, the Saints are still as strong as ever and not to be seen as a one and done team.

2. Ravens. Maybe you can call me a little biased. But the Ravens started working one week after they lost in the post-season last year adding new additions in the forms of coaches and players. Baltimore has always been known as a defense heavy team, but with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and now T.J. Houshmandzadeh on their roster, Baltimore is going to see their leader, Joe Flacco, use more than Ray Rice, who is also NFL,one of the best running backs in the league.

3. Jets. Sure, we all call them the “Northern Ravens” down here in Charm city, but you have to hand it to Rex Ryan and his men.I am not a big Mark Sanchez fan–but he works well with his teammates and they also put a lot of work in their off- and pre-season. The first Monday night football game against Baltimore and the Jets is going to start the season off to a great start.

4. Colts. There is no denying this team is going to be a deep threat for every other team in the NFL. Peyton Manning is one of the best QBs out there based off his intelligence and athleticism. The Colts work well together as a team and seem almost impeccable.

5. Bengals. Who doesn’t know about the Bengals off-season pickup? The question is, can the two biggest attention whores in the NFL share the lime-light? Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson and T.O. are going to be a dangerous threat to every other defense out there. During pre-season match-ups, TO seemed to be able to play well with his new team. Maybe all he needed was a friend to tell him to “play nicely with others.”
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Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger suspended 6 games

April 21, 2010

The long awaited decision on whether Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended finally was announced today and the verdict is six games.

Baltimore fans, with our schedule out as of 7 p.m. yesterday, that means our first meet with our division rivals for game four in the 2010 season  is going to be sans Big Ben.

Roethlisberger was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the Personal Conduct policy after he was accused of sexually harassing an underage college girl in a Georgia nightclub last month.

Ben Roethlisberger suspended six games for the upcoming 2010 season. Will he remain in steel city?

Goodell said in the letter to Roethlisberger: “In your six years in the NFL, you have first thrilled and now disappointed a great many people.

“I urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track.”

There have been rumors already of Art Rooney II and the Steelers franchise talking about trading Big Ben–could he be more trouble than he is worth?

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Steelers trade Holmes; Roethlisberger no longer charged for assault case

April 12, 2010

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 season is already off to a rough start, and preseason hasn’t even started.

Sunday, April 11 brought the trade of former Superbowl MVP wide receiver Santonio Holmes. For those of you who didn’t hear, Holmes is in some trouble.

He splashed the news with his glass throwing misconduct in an Orlando night club. Then, hours after the Steelers traded him for a 5th round draft pick to the New York Jets, he was suspended for four games for substance abuse.

The Jets now have Braylon Edwards, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie and Holmes for QB Mark Sanchez to look to. The Jets are going to be a pretty nasty team this upcoming season as they move the chains offensively.

The other big news story up in the Pitts is on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben once again got himself in a rape/assault case when an underage girl in Georgia accused him of assaulting her in a nightclub bathroom.

At 2 p.m. today, it was announced that Roethlisberger will not be charged.

However, what does that mean for him in Pittsburgh? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans on meeting him later this week to talk about disciplining the QB who seems to put himself in these positions.

Even if Goodell doesn’t suspend him, and gives him a ‘slap on the wrist’ and tell him “bad boy, Ben!” there is no telling yet what the Steelers will do, especially when they just traded Holmes after being fed up with his actions off the field.

Personally, I am just glad the thug life isn’t being directed at the Ravens as is the typical.