2.04.2011

Michael Irvin: Why the Packers will beat the Steelers

I never forget those words, and I see greatness in the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially at the quarterback position. what time does the superbowl start

Start with Aaron Rodgers. Rarely does someone succeed when he replaces a legend. Rodgers replaced Brett Favre. He might never match Favre in pass attempts, completions, touchdowns or certainly most consecutive games started.

But Sunday he can match the legend in the category that matters most to the Packer Nation — Super Bowls won.
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As I shared with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last week, we've all seen him stumble off the field but I will always admire his fight. I am about winning a third Super Bowl."

We're also talking about two great organizations. The Packers drafted terrifically, and their general manager, Ted Thompson, made tough decisions. It wasn't popular at the time to replace Favre with Rodgers. The Steelers organization is how everything needs to be run. A guy like Hines Ward is busy teaching their young receivers and their other young players what it is to be a pro. That's why this team is so successful.
Steelers' ground game is superior

Pittsburgh knows what the Super Bowl is all about, and that helps. I saw Mendenhall looking for defenders to run over. When Pittsburgh is at its best, it plays a physical brand of football. The Steelers have the poster boy for illegal hits, James Harrison. Trust me, the Packers can definitely create matchup issues for the Steelers.

Even if he only runs for 12 yards at a time, if he does it three times on third-and-4, that's a game-changer.
Getting to the quarterback is key

Linebacker Clay Matthews is a game-changer for the Packers, who also have a bunch of ballhawkers: Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson and the rookie from Miami, Sam Shields.

Pittsburgh intimidates you. Green Bay's defenders, they are thieves. They commit burglaries. Greatness lies in your ability to overcome. That kind of play can allow Green Bay to overcome a lot. what time does the superbowl start

I predict Green Bay will beat Pittsburgh 24-21 in a battle between two of the Cowboys' great rivals for the moniker of "America's Team."

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