By the numbers: Super Bowl XLV

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.
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