Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Steelers' Running Game Key to Victory

Pittsburgh's ability to run the ball and control the clock in the first half of the AFC Championship was the main reason they were able to build a big lead against the Jets and stamp their ticket to North Texas.<br /> <br /> In the Super Bowl next week, that formula could again translate to victory.<br /> <br /> In the regular season, the Packers allowed 4.7 yards per carry on the ground to their opponents. In the postseason, so far, that number has been lowered to 3.5 yards/carry. Part of the reason is because the Packers have built multiple score leads by halftime in all of their playoff games, so their opponents have had to abandon the run a bit in the second half. <br /> <br /> The Packers did not do well against Ben Rothlisberger's playaction in their 2009 meeting, and establishing a run game early could open up similar opportunities for the Steelers. <br /> <br /> A lot of the Steelers' success on the ground will rest on that Pittsburgh offensive line. If the Steelers have a weakness, it's the offensive line that has had to shuffle players through various positions, much like Green Bay's line last season. <br /> <br /> <br />

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 27, 2011 1:03 pm

Rodgers Likely to Have Big Day in the Big Game

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have played four games indoors this season, and with the exception of the game in Detroit where he was knocked out with a concussion, Rodgers' numbers have been nearly flawless: In Minnesota in Week 11, Rodgers completed 71% of his passes for 301 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs. In Atlanta a week later, Rodgers completed 74% of his passes for 344 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs. In Atlanta in the Divisional round, Rodgers completed 86% of his passes for 366 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs. Even though Rodgers will be facing the league's top scoring defense next Sunday, his indoor numbers are hard to ignore. In Pittsburgh's lone dome game this season, Drew Brees was 34-for-44 for 305 yards and 2 TDs in a 20-10 Saints' victory over the Steelers in Week 8. This isn't to say that Green Bay will win next Sunday, but the combination of Rodgers' great indoor numbers mixed with Pittsburgh's stout run defense could lead to a big passing day for the Packers' QB.
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