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Monday, January 24, 2011
Quick Take: Steelers-Packers

By James Walker

Three things to know about the Feb. 6 Pittsburgh Steelers-Green Bay Packers matchup in Super Bowl XLV:

These teams had an exciting game during the 2009 regular season. The Steelers edged the Packers, 37-36, with a touchdown catch by Pittsburgh receiver Mike Wallace as time expired. Most of the core players from both teams will play in this rematch.

There's a lot of irony with Pittsburgh playing in the first Super Bowl at the new Cowboys Stadium. There is a long rivalry between the Cowboys and Steelers. Pittsburgh has six Super Bowl wins,  one better than Dallas. This could be a nightmare scenario for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones if the Steelers are able to widen the championship gap and do it on the Cowboys' home turf.

Expect a lot of talk about the quarterbacks leading up to this game. Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers are both solidifying themselves as the next pair of elite quarterbacks to join stalwarts Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Roethlisberger has a chance to tie Brady for Super Bowl wins with three. This will be Rodgers' first Super Bowl appearance, but he has played at an elite level all season.