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2011 Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers Win Super Bowl XLV

The Lombardi trophy is returning to Wisconsin.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win Super Bowl XLV. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers had a chance to win the Super Bowl, as Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense had the ball back with under two minutes to play. The Steelers failed to convert on fourth down, though, and with only one timeout remaining could not get the ball back.

Green Bay led the entire game essentially, taking a 7-0 lead after Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson hooked up on a touchdown pass in the first quarter. The Packers took a 14-0 lead after Nick Collins intercepted a Roethlisberger pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 14-0 lead.

Pittsburgh would add a field goal to cut the lead to 14-3. 

Roethlisberger, though, would throw another interception - this time to Jarrett Bush, late in the second quarter. Rodgers and the Packers offense needed just four plays to turn that interception into points as Greg Jennings caught his first of two touchdown passes in the second quarter, giving the Packers a 21-3 advantage.

The Steelers, though, would not go quietly into the night. Pittsburgh scored a touchdown as time was winding down in the first half when Hines Ward caught an eight yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger, cutting Green Bay's advantage to 21-10. 

Pittsburgh also picked up the first points of the second half, when Rashard Mendenhall scored on an eight yard touchdown run to make the score 21-17. 

Green Bay would retaliate after Clay Matthews forced a Mendenhall fumble. Rodgers would convert that turnover into points, as he and Greg Jennings hooked up for an eight yard touchdown strike, increasing the Packers lead to 28-17.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers cut Green Bay's lead to 28-25 after Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and then converted on the two point conversion.

The Packers would tack on a field goal with just over two minutes to play, making the score 31-25, a score that would wind up being the final in Super Bowl XLV.

Obviously, the key to the game was turnovers. The Packers didn't commit any while the Steelers committed three - two Roethlisberger interceptions and a Mendenhall fumble. All three turnovers resulted in touchdowns for the Packers.

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