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2011 Super Bowl XLV, Packers vs. Steelers: Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger Exchange Touchdown Passes

Super Bowl XLV has officially gotten at least at least a little interesting as halftime approaches. It appeared as though the Green Bay Packers were officially dominating the 2011 Super Bowl. After Ben Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game, Aaron Rodgers connected with Greg Jennings on a 21-yard pass to give the Packers a 21-3 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, the Steelers bounced back with a big drive that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger and Hines Ward with 47 seconds left in the first half. On the first play of that drive, the Steelers converted their longest pass play of the game moving from their own 23 to the Packers 40. Roethlisberger and Ward then converted a 14 yard pass on 3rd and 10 to set up 1st and 10 at the Packers 26. Two plays later, Big Ben connected with Ward for the touchdown.

The Packers defense had held the upper hand throughout the first half as the Steelers couldn’t seem to get anything going. However, that final drive has made this game at least a little more competitive. Of course, the Packers get the ball to start the second half. If they don’t get some points to start the third quarter, the momentum will have made a significant switch over to the Steelers.

For now, Aaron Rodgers is winning the QB battle through two quarters. He’s completed 11 of 16 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. He was a bit rusty early but he has quickly regained his early postseason form. Roethlisberger struggled immensely early throwing a pair of interceptions. However, he seemed to settle down on that final drive and will look to build on that in the second half.

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