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2011 Super Bowl: Steelers Vs. Packers History

Super Bowl XLV is pitting two teams who are no strangers to the Super Bowl. The Packers are three-time Super Bowl champions, having won Super Bowl I, Super Bowl II and Super Bowl XXXI. Super Bowl I saw the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs get crushed by the Packers 35-10, with Bart Starr taking home Super Bowl MVP honors. Green Bay crushed yet another weak AFL opponent in Super Bowl II, defeating the Oakland Raiders 33-14 with Bart Starr winning the Super Bowl MVP award - again. 

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Green Bay would go quite awhile before returning to the Super Bowl. In January of 1997, the Packers returned, defeating the Drew Bledsoe and Bill Parcells version of the New England Patriots 35-21. Desmond Howard was named the MVP. Green Bay would return to the Super Bowl the following year, but would lose to John Elway and the Broncos

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The Steelers are six-time Super Bowl champions, having won Super Bowl IX, X, XIII, XIV, XL and XLIII. Pittsburgh has defeated Minnesota, Dallas (on two occasions), the-then Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks (thanks, Zebras) and Arizona Cardinals in their Super Bowl victories. 

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What does this mean in terms of Super Bowl XLV? Not much, really. Just that one team with an already rich NFL history will become even richer.

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A sane individual with a soul can only hope that the Packers will be the one's raising another banner - does anybody really want Ben Roethlisberger to have three rings? On par with Tom Brady? I didn't think so.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.