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Mister Pittsburgh
02-04-2011, 01:45 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Can Ben Roethlisberger lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to their third Super Bowl title in six years (and seventh overall)? Or will Aaron Rodgers and the high-flying Packers passing game soar to Green Bay's first NFL title since the 1996 season?
How do our experts see it? The Packers are big favorites, but it's far from unanimous. The only thing we know for sure is that everyone has an opinion on the game.
John Clayton: Steelers, 30-28
As was the case in a one-point Pittsburgh victory over Green Bay in 2009, the Steelers' Super Bowl experience will give them the edge. Ben Roethlisberger will need a fourth-quarter drive to win the game.
Kevin Seifert: Packers, 27-19
The indoor conditions are ideal for a Packers team that has won five consecutive "elimination games." Aaron Rodgers is ready to take this team the rest of the way.
James Walker: Steelers, 27-24
Maurkice Pouncey's ankle injury is a concern. But I still have trouble picking against Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and his 10-2 postseason record.
Mike Sando: Packers, 27-13
Let's go with Green Bay on the theory that Aaron Rodgers might pull a Steve Young with a breakout Super Bowl performance, casting his own legacy after following a legend.
Matt Mosley: Steelers, 27-24
It's not Aaron Rodgers' time yet. The Steelers become a dynasty as Big Ben throws the game-winning touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders.
Michael Wilbon: Steelers, 28-24
As great as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have been for an entire decade, I think "Big Ben" and Aaron Rodgers are now the two best quarterbacks playing in the league. Roethlisberger is still underrated by his peers and the people who watch football, and we're going to be reminded of that Sunday.
Greg Garber: Packers, 27-20
Aaron Rodgers and those dangerous wide receivers (and, suddenly, the hint of a running game) on a fast track: Even the Steelers' stout defense will have difficulty containing the Packers.
Rick Reilly: Packers, 24-16
Aaron Rodgers is MVP. Brett Favre is ignored. It's the equivalent of the girlfriend burning all her ex-fiance's stuff while her new boyfriend drinks his scotch.
Matt Williamson: Steelers, 23-20
This is going to be a very close game and a Super Bowl for the ages. Pittsburgh's experience on this stage will pay off heavily in the first half. The Steelers' defense will be very difficult to come back against, especially once it forces the Packers to be one-dimensional without a running game. But Aaron Rodgers will get the game to overtime, where defense will rule. After a grueling battle, Pittsburgh squeaks one out; RB Rashard Mendenhall is the game's MVP.
Jeffri Chadiha: Packers, 31-28
The Steelers have more Super Bowl experience but the Packers have the momentum. Unless Aaron Rodgers sustains an injury or Dom Capers loses his touch in mixing up his blitz packages, Green Bay is the team to beat.
More expert picks
ESPN.com writers
Name Score Why?
Tim Graham Packers, 27-20 I'm tying this prediction to games played against the AFC East. The Steelers were two lucky bounces from getting swept in the regular season, while the Packers shut out the Jets at the Meadowlands and nearly beat the Patriots in Gillette Stadium without Aaron Rodgers.
Pat Yasinskas Packers, 24-21 Aaron Rodgers gets his moment in the sun and Ted Thompson gets vindication. A new generation of cheeseheads says, "Brett Who?''
Bill Williamson Steelers, 24-20 These two teams, led by two of the elite QBs of our time, are going to give us a tremendous show. In a bruising battle, I say the last defense on the field wins.
Paul Kuharsky Packers, 27-24 Green Bay will do better harassing Big Ben than Pittsburgh will do bothering Aaron Rodgers, and that will be the difference. Picked the Packers in the preseason, have to see them through.
Elizabeth Merrill Packers, 31-30 I have no idea if an injured rookie center can be the razor-thin difference in a battle of two seemingly evenly matched teams. But judging from all the questions asked about Maurkice Pouncey's status this week, you'd think it was as big as losing Ben Roethlisberger.
Gregg Easterbrook Packers, 23-20 Choice reason: The Packers were my preseason pick; if they win, I can pretend to know more than I actually do. Score reason: 23-20 was the most common NFL outcome this season.
David Fleming Steelers, 28-24 The Steelers have 29 players on their roster who have won a Super Bowl. The Packers have none. If Caleb Hanie's junior high 'stache almost beat Green Bay, I shudder to think what Brett Keisel and his Chewbacca chin will do to this band of green neophytes.
DJ Gallo Steelers, 23-20 One of these teams will win behind a young, mobile quarterback and an aggressive defense led by a stout linebacking corps backed by its star defensive back. If only I knew which team. But I'm told I need to make a prediction, so I'll say uh Steelers? Sure. It's a guarantee.
Sal Paolantonio Packers, 28-27 The Steelers get an early lead, then Dom Capers attacks Big Ben and the Steelers' O-line can't hold. Rodgers-to-Driver TD in the final moments to win.
Seth Wickersham Packers, 27-26 After the win, Aaron Rodgers will stand on stage and say, "We won it for the players on IR."
Gene Wojciechowski Packers, 24-21 Think the defenses are almost a push. Think Rodgers gets a congratulatory postgame call from Obama and Favre.
Ross Tucker Packers, 20-17 I picked the Packers to win the Super Bowl before the season started, so there's no sense in stopping now. The dome-like conditions favor the Packers and their passing game.
Adam Schefter Packers, 28-24 Green Bay blew out Atlanta in the playoffs and at that time Aaron Rodgers commented on how much he loves playing indoors -- which is where Sunday's game will be played.
ESPN analysts
Name Score Why?
Chris Berman Packers, 24-23 A classic matchup, so why wouldn't we have a one-point game? Late heroics on both sides.
Trent Dilfer Packers, 23-20 The big five becomes the big six, with Aaron Rodgers finding his rightful home among the elite quarterbacks.
Marcellus Wiley Steelers, 17-13 In a close one, the Steelers win. Too much defense and too much Big Ben in the clutch!
Trey Wingo Steelers, 27-24 Big Ben makes the late throw to win it.
Mike Tirico Packers, 26-20 I think Aaron Rodgers and the receivers will be able to do enough against the Steelers' secondary.
Tedy Bruschi Packers, 31-27 Defenses dominate the first half, yet get worn down in the second. Bulk of scoring will be done with the Packers' defense finding a way to get to Ben Roethlisberger and force turnovers.
Herm Edwards Packers, 27-24 The Lombardi Trophy goes back with the team that he once coached. Why not?
Jon Gruden Packers, 27-20 Aaron Rodgers', Dom Capers' and Mike McCarthy's finest hour.
Matt Millen Packers, 27-24 The difference will be in Green Bay's offensive line, its ability to protect.
Darren Woodson Packers, 31-24 The Green Bay Packers will say to the Lombardi Trophy, "There's no place like home, Vince."
Tim Hasselbeck Packers, 23-17 On paper, I see so many areas where the matchup favors the Packers, like Clay Matthews on Flozell Adams or the Packers' ability to put five legitimate wide receivers on the field. Green Bay is set up with a great opportunity to bring home another Lombardi Trophy.
Hannah Storm Steelers, 24-21 Green Bay hasn't had to make up any kind of large deficit this season and it doesn't have the Super Bowl experience the Steelers do. The Packers also haven't faced the kind of defense they will face Sunday.
Kenny Mayne Packers, 31-24 I'm expecting big things from Aaron Rodgers, and Clay Matthews is every bit as handsome as Fabio.
Michelle Beadle Packers, 17-10 A defensive powerhouse show. Aaron Rodgers has a lot of people to prove wrong.
Colin Cowherd Packers, 31-27 Quarterback duel is a draw. Packers defense actually comes up big in this one.
Sean Payton Packers, 34-20 Aaron Rodgers has the time to throw and will spread out the Steelers' defense.
Steve Young Packers, 31-27 I expect both to play their best and if that's the case, that's the score.
Scouts Inc.
Name Score Why?
Gary Horton Packers, 28-24 These are two well-coached and fundamentally sound teams that have a lot of similarities in styles. The Packers have a fast-track offense and with perfect conditions their passing game will be the difference.
Doug Kretz Packers, 21-17 The defenses from both teams will definitely show up for this game, and with the two defensive coordinators basically canceling each other out, it will come down to which QB has a better game. Aaron Rodgers will come through in the end and pull this one out for the Packers.
Ken Moll Packers, 24-20 It would appear the Packers have the more explosive offensive threats, but if they can't run the ball effectively the Steelers can load up with a variety of pressure packages to negate Green Bay's passing attack. This contest will be determined in the trenches. If the Packers' offensive line can keep Aaron Rodgers upright, Green Bay takes home the Lombardi Trophy.
ESPN.com NFL editors
Name Score Why?
John Banks Packers, 31-28 Hard to believe that winning or losing a game could turn on a center. But with Maurkice Pouncey probably sidelined for the Steelers, the Packers get the nod in a close thriller.
Alex Kimball Steelers, 27-20 The last time these teams met, a 37-36 Steelers win in 2009, there were no turnovers. That won't happen again. A late Packers rally falls short.
Shawna Seed Packers, 27-24 Clay Matthews ends up having a bigger impact than Troy Polamalu. He may not be the MVP, but he's the M-V05-P.
Sheldon Spencer Packers, 30-27 Packers kicker Mason Crosby, whose father played at UTEP, boots one from greater El Paso to win it in the final minute.
Patrick Stiegman Packers, 31-28 Believe it not, the Packers' 13th NFL title will actually accelerate the healing process among fans loyal to either Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers. "I think I'll always be loyal to Green Bay, but I don't have to be here to be loyal." Remember who said that? Here's a hint. He said it upon leaving Green Bay in 1968, and the trophy the Packers will restore to its rightful home bears his name.
Scott Symmes Packers, 26-17 After Sunday night, Aaron Rodgers will have just as many Super Bowl titles as Brett Favre. Rodgers and Co. will spread things out and make plenty of plays against a Steelers secondary that hasn't seen anything quite like this Packers passing attack.


CELEBRITY WHO THEY'RE PICKING ... AND WHY
DONALD TRUMP
Businessman, "The Apprentice" Pittsburgh, 21-14. Steelers will win because Big Ben is a winning football player.
MAYA ANGELOU
Poet and author Green Bay, 27-7. I am supporting the Green Bay Packers because of the wonderful cheese and butter.
SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
Boston Celtics Pittsburgh, 24-17. Big Ben is a friend of mine, has been for several years. He has regained his focus after the beginning of the season in turmoil.
STAN MUSIAL
Baseball Hall of Famer Pittsburgh.
JACK NICKLAUS
Golf Hall of Famer Pittsburgh, 27-24. I am an AFC guy because of my longtime support of the Miami Dolphins. Even though I have always been a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, I still have to go with the AFC.
ARNOLD PALMER
Golf Hall of Famer Pittsburgh, 28-14. The Steelers have a very good team and a great bunch of guys. Terrific defense and lots of experience in big games.
DAVE GROHL
Lead vocalist, guitarist of Foo Fighters Pittsburgh by a hare (it's the Year of the Rabbit, you know).
KEITH URBAN
Country music star Green Bay. I think they're both obviously fantastic teams. I'd like to see the Packers win, just to be a nice moment. I have a lot of friends in Wisconsin.
MARK WAHLBERG
Actor and producer Not the Patriots, so I don't care.
JOE MANTEGNA
Actor, "Criminal Minds" Green Bay, 24-21. As a Bears fan, it's hard to pick the Packers, but I respect any team that plays normally outdoors in zero weather.
CLORIS LEACHMAN
Actress, "Raising Hope" Pittsburgh, 24-10. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger is 2-0 vs. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is much less experienced and suffered several injuries.
ANDY WILLIAMS
Singer Green Bay, 24-17. They're both good teams, but I just think the Packers are better this year and I like Aaron Rodgers.
DON RICKLES
Comedian Green Bay, 31-21. I just think they have the attitude that this is "our time."
PHYLLIS DILLER
Comedian Pittsburgh, 21-17. One year I was playing outside of Pittsburgh. I couldn't get to the job. The town went wild. They had to hold the show because the Steelers won. To me, they're just always winners.
CAL RIPKEN JR.
Baseball Hall of Famer Green Bay, 27-24. They're both really solid teams. Hard to pick. End of the day the edge goes to the Packers' offense by a slight margin.
BILL O'REILLY
Fox News host Green Bay, 28-17. Aaron Rodgers will have a hot hand and the Packers' defense will get to Ben Roethlisberger.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA
Tennis Hall of Famer Green Bay, 27-20. Aaron Rodgers is too hot to handle.
RUSH LIMBAUGH
Radio talk show host Pittsburgh.
MIKE HAYDEN
Former CIA director Pittsburgh, 23-17. What a matchup. Historic NFL franchises. Great defenses. Quarterbacks who can escape the rush. My head says it's a tossup. My heart says Steelers. Either way, ya gotta love the fact that this game features teams with no cheerleaders and two of the smallest TV markets in the NFL!
PENN & TELLER
Magicians Pittsburgh, 33-24. Taking Obama's State of the Union to heart, Packers decide the first step in "winning the future" is "losing the present."
CHUCK YEAGER
First man to break the sound barrier Pittsburgh by 2. They're at the top of their game, and they're peaking at the right time.
ED ASNER
Actor, "Working Class" Green Bay, 24-20. Aaron Rodgers is doing a wonderful job.
JIMMIE JOHNSON
Five-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Pittsburgh, 31-28. I lived in Wisconsin for a while and followed the Packers, but I'm picking the Steelers because of Bill Cowher. I always respected him and the way he coached. I started liking the Steelers because of him and I'm sticking with them for the Super Bowl.
TIM LINCECUM
World Series champion San Francisco Giants Green Bay, 24-15. I've got to go with Green Bay since Aaron Rodgers is from Cal and I root for the Pac-10.
YOGI BERRA
Baseball Hall of Famer Green Bay, 23-20. The best team should win and it could also be Pittsburgh.

snarky
02-04-2011, 01:58 PM
Bill O'Really picked the Pack. Which means we got this.

Sugar
02-04-2011, 02:34 PM
Bill O'Really picked the Pack. Which means we got this.

Rush Limbaugh picked the Steelers!! :tt2

I was actually impressed a little by Cloris Leachman's short analysis.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
02-04-2011, 02:41 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Can Ben Roethlisberger lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to their third Super Bowl title in six years (and seventh overall)? Or will Aaron Rodgers and the high-flying Packers passing game soar to Green Bay's first NFL title since the 1996 season?
How do our experts see it? The Packers are big favorites, but it's far from unanimous. The only thing we know for sure is that everyone has an opinion on the game. ...


ARNOLD PALMER
Golf Hall of Famer Pittsburgh, 28-14. The Steelers have a very good team and a great bunch of guys. Terrific defense and lots of experience in big games....

I guess Ben didn't p*ss him off too much!

Iron Shiek
02-04-2011, 02:45 PM
WE got this. People see a close game. Get outta here. Us...28-10

RuthlessBurgher
02-04-2011, 02:54 PM
Bill O'Really picked the Pack. Which means we got this.

Rush Limbaugh picked the Steelers!! :tt2

I was actually impressed a little by Cloris Leachman's short analysis.


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