Published: February 7th, 2011 | Tags: Super Bowl XLV, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Green Bay Packers, Greg Jennings, Hines Ward, Jordy Nelson, LaMarr Woodley, Mike McCarthy, Nick Collins, Pittsburgh Steelers
The last item of the day before signing off from Super Bowl Sunday is to take a closer look at some of the most notable statistics sent over by the NFL Network research crew, with a few observations mixed in for good measure.
- The road less traveled: The Packers joined the 2005 Steelers as the only No. 6 seeds to win a Super Bowl. They’re the sixth Wild Card team to win a Super Bowl, and the third team to do so after winning three road playoff games.
- No doubt the three turnovers played the role of catalyst for the Steelers’ loss, leading directly to 21 points for the Packers. This stat shows the importance of the turnover battle: teams with a positive turnover differential are 33-3 all-time in the Super Bowl. The Packers were +3 against the Steelers and +6 during the 2010 playoffs.
- Credit the Steelers for nearly winning a Super Bowl despite those three turnovers. By gaining momentum with a touchdown late in the first half and striking again early during the third quarter, they made a game of it. The Packers failed to convert a third-down attempt (0-for-4) in the third quarter and had one first down before regaining the momentum late.
- Mike McCarthy improved to 5-2 in the playoffs and joins Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as coaches to win Super Bowl with the Packers.
- Aaron Rodgers didn’t have an epic performance, but he continued a solid run since missing a game in Week 15 against the Patriots due to a concussion. Rogers had 1,094 passing yards during the 2010 playoffs, the second-most in a single postseason in NFL history (behind only Kurt Warner’s 1,147 passing yards in 2008). Rodgers’ nine passing TDs are tied for third-most in a single postseason in NFL history. Rodgers was at his best on his final drive of the game, completing 5 of 6 passes, including a 31-yard strike to Greg Jennings on third-and-10.
- Charles Woodson is the fourth player to win a Heisman Trophy, college national title and a Super Bowl.
- Outside of two drops, Jordy Nelson had an MVP-type performance. Nelson tied a franchise playoff record with nine receptions, and his 140 receiving yards are the fourth-most in franchise history. Nelson and Jennings each had 21 receptions during the 2010 playoffs, a new franchise record.
- With his 37-yard INT return for a TD, Nick Collins is the second player in franchise history with INT return TD in Super Bowl. He joins Herb Adderley, who had a 60-yard INT return TD vs. the Raiders in Super Bowl II.
- The Steelers extended their streak to 17 consecutive playoff games without allowing a 100-yard rusher (tied with Redskins for longest active streak in NFL). The Packers bothered to run the ball 13 times, which tied a Super Bowl record for fewest attempts.
- Here’s a sign of the longevity and production of Hines Ward: He now has 88 receptions, 1,181 yards and 10 TDs in his playoff career, all ranking in the top five in NFL playoff history. He has 17 consecutive playoff games with a reception.
- LaMarr Woodley recorded a sack, his NFL record seventh straight game with a sack. His 11 career postseason sacks ties Charles Haley for fourth all-time.