The 2010 NFL season was, in a word, bizarre.
Inexplicable upsets were littered throughout the season. The Browns took the Patriots to the woodshed. The Cowboys lost to the Redskins in Week 1 on Sunday Night Football. The Colts were battling for a playoff spot up until Week 17. The Chargers missed the playoffs and the Kansas City Chiefs made it. Michael Vick turned into an MVP candidate and an incredible pocket passer. The Giants lost to the Eagles on a walk-off punt return by DeSean Jackson, completing one of the biggest choke jobs, well, ever, and costing Big Blue a spot in the playoffs. Brett Favre finally missed a game - and retired.
All these things actually happened, and there's no good reason as to why they did. The only reason is that it was NFL 2010. Even as the calendar turned to 2011, the fact that it was still the 2010 season screwed things up - and the Patriots lost to the Jets. Seriously. That actually happened?
Regardless, we've arrived at Super Bowl XLV - in snowy Dallas. The weather in Texas right now really sums up the season better than I ever could.
The Packers, a six-seed, are looking for their first Super Bowl win since Super Bowl XXXI, when they defeated Bill Parcells' Patriots by a 35-21 margin. Pittsburgh, the AFC's second seed, is looking for yet another Super Bowl title. The Steelers last won Super Bowl XLIII when they defeated Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23.
A win for Aaron Rodgers would cement his status as an elite NFL quarterback and the best quarterback among the new wave of young, NFL stars. Rodgers wouldn't be on par with Peyton Manning or Tom Brady - but who is, really? It'd be a little extra sweet for Rodgers, too, after all the beatings he took from his own fanbase when the Packers chose him over Brett Favre, essentially helping guide Favre to retirement and then trading him to the Jets after he ended his retirement.
A win for Ben Roethlisberger? That'd be a win for criminals and thugs. It'd also be Roethlisberger's third Super Bowl win, giving him as many as Brady. I sincerely hope nobody would mention Roethlisberger's name when discussing peers to Brady presently and historically, but a third ring would have some delusional Steelers fans and Patriots haters beating that drum.
Here's how the staff at SB Nation Dallas Fort-Worth sees the game playing out:
- Charley Code: Packers - The Packers and FIGJAM win "the big game" against the steelers. I root against rape. Happy Snow Day, America.
- Christopher Fittz: Packers - After this excruciating season has finally come to an end, it makes sense that these are the two teams left standing for the final game. Finally, something about the 2010 NFL season makes sense. I've thought all season that the AFC was remarkably better than the NFC, but this is finally that elusively "best team in the NFC" in the Green Bay Packers that we were waiting for all season, so I'm hoping for a good game. I suspect deep down that the Steelers will win, but I just cannot bring myself to pick them. Not that it's easy to pick the Packers what with the Ice Bowland how happy it's going to make Michael Silver. I'm just going to pretend that I'm watching to root for Packers safety Atari Bigby tofinally get that ring.
- Robbie Griffin: Packers -