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Aaron Rodgers leads Packers to Super Bowl XLV victory

by Derrick Johnson on February 7, 2011

For years, Aaron Rodgers had been living in the shadow of former Packers quarterback Brett Favre. Despite being among the most talented players in the league, there was only one thing Rodgers could do to form his own legacy, and on Sunday – he did it. With a nearly flawless performance, Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to capture the Super Bowl XLV title.

"Aaron's proved that he's one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in this game today," Packers receiver Donald Driver told reporters after the game.

The Packers got off to a quick start, scoring the game's first points on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson with little over four minutes remaining in the first quarter. The lead quickly grew to 14-0 after Nick Collins picked off a deflected pass from Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 37 yards for a score.

Green Bay managed to extend its lead to 21-3 in the closing minutes of the first half, but a touchdown strike from Roethlisberger to Hines Ward cut the lead to 11 points heading into the locker room, and seemingly gave the Steelers momentum, especially when a touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall cut the lead to 21-17 heading into the fourth quarter.

However, it was Mendenhall who cost the Steelers later on. With the score still at 21-17, Pittsburgh was driving to potentially take the lead, but Mendenhall fumbled and gave the ball back to Green Bay, who quickly converted the turnover into a 28-17 lead, which Pittsburgh would not be able to come back from.

Although the Green Bay defense forced three Pittsburgh turnovers – all of which led to points – Rodgers was the catalyst. The game's MVP, Rodgers threw for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns. Two of the scores went to his favorite target, Greg Jennings, but Nelson was his most consistent target, snagging nine balls for 140 yards.

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