Last year the New Orleans Saints took the jewels from the Indianapolis Colts. Tonight, on Fox, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck narrated the championship event between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. The fromage boys won the coin toss but elected to begin the second half on offense first. Thus, the Steelers took to offense in the first quarter.
It took a dozen minutes before anyone scored. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a twenty-nine yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Green Bay 7 and Pittsburgh 0. Before the Steelers had a proper chance to get their game on, safety Nick Collins intercepts Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and ran it in for a TD. Green Bay 14 and Pittsburgh 0.
The Steelers didn’t put any numbers on the board until the top of the second quarter, courtesy of Shaun Suisham’s thirty-five yard field goal. Green Bay 14 and Pittsburgh 3. The bottom portion of the second quarter spelled out another interception, made by Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush. A handful of plays later, the Packers increased their lead with another TD, courtesy of wide receiver Greg Jennings. Green Bay 21 and Pittsburgh 3. The Steelers weren’t content to go into halftime without having made it into the end zone. Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward connected for a TD. Green Bay 21 and Pittsburgh 10.
The third quarter brought hope to the Steelers as running back Rashard Mendenhall got himself into the end zone. Green Bay 21 and Pittsburgh 17. The top of the fourth quarter turned things around as Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop scooped up the ball after Mendenhall lost it. Shortly thereafter, Greg Jennings made his second TD of the evening’s festivities. Green Bay 28 and Pittsburgh 17. Steelers Mike Wallace closed the score gap with a TD halfway through the fourth quarter. A two-point conversion was attempted and succeeded. Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El sliced into the bottom left of the end zone. Green Bay 28 and Pittsburgh 25. The Packers got themselves a bit of breathing room with a field goal as the two-minute warning approached. Green Bay 31 and Pittsburgh 25. Final score. The Packers have won Super Bowl XLV.
I was not excited about this year’s game at all; I wasn’t even sure how much of the game I would watch, let alone blog about, until thirty minutes before it started. Although most of the first quarter bored me to shears, by the time it became certain the Green Bay would win, and then to see the Packers convene on the field amidst press rush, I did experience a pang of bittersweet joy as I could only imagine how the players felt.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Lea Michele sang “America the Beautiful.” Christina Aguilera sang the National Anthem. Her hair was platinum blonde, she wore a black suit dress get-up, black tights, and three-inch heels with silver shiny things on the toe portion. She had a sparkly necklace too. Her lips were bright red. She had a ring on each hand. There was a bracelet or two on her right wrist.
2. The Packers wore green tops and yellow pants; the Steelers wore white tops and yellow pants.
3. Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz were sharing snacks in one of the fancy booths.
5. Troy Aikman and Joe Buck had to have coordinated their outfits for tonight’s game. Aikman had on a lavender button-down shirt and a purple and white diagonally striped tie. Though Joe Buck was still wearing a suit jacket, he wore a solid purple tie, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his button-down shirt was a similar hue to Aikman’s. Matchy-matchy.
6. The Bridgestone sponsored halftime show consisted of The Black Eyed Peas and a horde of “crowd dancers” in white. The Peas themselves wore black. There was some green-glowing-in-the-dark going on too. Slash made a guitar solo appearance. Usher found himself unable to stay away from that stage.
7. After returning from halftime, Troy Aikman put back on his suit. Joe Buck’s shirt was striped…of purple hue.
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