Super Bowl preview

Imran Ahmed, Web Editor

This Sunday calls for a duel in Big D between two of the more prolific teams in the NFL. Super Bowl XLV kicks off on Sunday at 6:30 with the Pittsburgh Steelers battling the Green Bay Packers. Both teams have thrived under pressure especially Aaron Rodgers who is playing at his highest level in the playoffs and made good use of his receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings. Though he did struggle at Soldier Field at times he brought his team to victory against the Bears along with two very impressive wins against the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. It wasn’t all A-Rod though however, stellar play from the Green Bay secondary led by veteran cornerback Charles Woodson and the two emerging cornerbacks Tremon Williams and Miami alum Sam Shields picked apart all three quarterbacks in each playoff game. Extra pressure led by star linebacker Clay Matthews who led the team with 13 sacks this season found a way to constantly harass the quarterback which led to errant throws and picks in the secondary.
The Pittsburgh Steelers come off an impressive win against the New York Jets in Heinz Field to clinch a trip to the Super Bowl. Led by their calm and collective quarterback Ben Roethliesberger who took a lot of heat at the beginning of the season for his personal conduct issues off the field and had to sit out 4 games found a way to bring his team to victory with his veteran receiver Hines Ward and emerging speedster Mike Wallace who led the team with over 1,200 receiving yards as well as a hardnosed runner in Rashard Mendenhall who played exceptionally against both the Ravens and Jets, two of the best defenses in the league. The defense is what most people will be talking about. Led by NFL Defensive Player of the Year safety Troy Polamalu and 2008 Defensive Player of the Year linebacker James Harrison, expected the Steelers to put a lot of heat on the Packers offensive line just as you will expect Matthews and the Pack to put on the Steelers offensive line especially with the injury of pro bowl Rookie Maurkice Pouncey.
Any football fan should be excited for this game regardless of whether you’re not a fan of these teams. A game with two strong defenses and two prolific offenses should lead to a very exciting Super Bowl indeed.