Super Bowl Heroics
We all thought Ben Roethlisburger was one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the league after Super Bowl 43, when he completed the game winner to Santonio Holmes as time expired. Colin Cowherd of ESPN called him the second most clutch, just behind Tom Brady.
Brady won the MVP unanimously, but Big Ben did not have the same sort of success as him.
The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV after some calls and bad plays going against the Steelers. With 4:35 left in the third quarter, Sam Suisham missed a crucial field goal. Had he made that, the Steelers may have won. They went on to get within three with time running out, which would have been a tie had he made it.
Early on, all the predictions seemed wrong. Aaron Rodgers, the Packers quarterback, was not sharp during the early stages. But what was most surprising was the Steeler's play. Even with all their experience of big games, they committed several fouls early on and did not adjust to the big stage. They had three early penalties. Even more upsetting, and the difference between the two sides, was turnovers. Pittsburgh had three turnovers. Roethlisburger's early interception returned for a touchdown set the tone for the game. The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead. Late, when the Steelers looked in good position for a comeback Rashard Mendenhall fumbled the football, effectively sealing it. Even then, a brilliant play call on a two point conversion brought Pittsburgh within three.
The Steelers had one big chance early. After going three-and-out, Pittsburgh's punt was fumbled by Green Bay. Pittsburgh appeared to recover, but the ball was stripped by a Packer. The Packer's did not score, but they set themselves momentum. Speaking of momentum, before the Suisham missed field goal, the Steelers had 103 more yards than the Pack in the second half.
The Steelers still had a chance late, but Ben Roethlisburger threw an incomplete pass on 4th and 5, and Aaron Rodgers escaped Brett Favre's shadow with a huge win. When I made my prediction, I didn't Sam Suisham would miss a field goal and nearly an extra point, or that Big Ben would have two turnovers and the Packers none. These will be two teams to watch next season.