In one of 2009’s most thrilling contests, the Steelers defeated the Packers at the gun in Pittsburgh, 37-36.
It was not a day for defense.
The teams combined for 73 points and 973 yards of offense.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 503 yards and fired the game-winning TD to Mike Wallace as time expired.
Plenty has changed in a year for both teams. I’m guessing we’ll see far more defense than last year’s track meet in part due to injuries suffered by both teams.
I love this matchup because both teams have legit matchup issues with the other. For example, Pitt’s battered offensive line versus the Green Bay front seven could be a disaster for the Steelers.
Conversely, the same could be said of Pittsburgh’s front seven versus Green Bay’s offensive line.
Also, what about the coaches?
Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin has only one playoff loss – his first postseason game versus Jacksonville during the ’07 campaign. Having ripped off five straight playoff wins, he’ll face the inexperienced Mike McCarthy.
Armed with two of the league’s most storied franchises, we should be in store for an epic Super Bowl XLV.