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Friday, February 4, 2011
Take your pick recap: Steelers or Packers?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

In our final "Take your pick" of the football season, we ask who will win Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers?

Here were some responses from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter page:

Merrick from Charlottesville, Va., writes: Got to go with the team with the experience! James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley hit Aaron Rodgers hard and often early. Troy Polamalu makes a big play or two. But Ben Roethlisberger comes up big with a late fourth-quarter drive. Steelers, 24-21, and Ben wins the MVP.

Robert from Denver writes: Steelers 27, Packers 13. MVP will be Big Ben. I believe Rodgers will come out throwing and even score a TD in the first or second drive of the game. Then the Steelers defense will bring the pressure and hit Rodgers a lot and that will make Rogers throw two INTs.

Nathan from Newark, N.J., writes: I am a huge Steelers fan, but I have to pick the Packers. Their nose tackle is too good for Doug Legursky. Given that, we won't be able to put up enough points to keep up with Rodgers and his top receivers.

Ty B. from Morgantown, WV, writes: Green Bay takes the nod here, 24-17. It just all seems to come together so well for the Green Bay Packers. It's a matchup the Steelers certainly aren't comfortable with. The Green Bay receiving corp will eat up a porous Pittsburgh secondary. Aaron Rodgers has escape ability and will evade/handle the Pittsburgh pass rush.

InThisInsanity via Twitter writes: Steelers 30, Packers 27. MVP would be between Big Ben, Mike Wallace, or Rashard Mendenhall.

Agt337 via Twitter writes: Speaking for all Browns, Bengals and Ravens fans, we are pulling for the North…the NFC North. Let's go Packers!

RavensOsNBohs via Twitter writes: Packers. They dismantled the Falcons indoors and they will do the same to big Ben and the Squeelers.

Matt from San Diego writes: Pittsburgh wins, 27-17. Mike Wallace will win MVP and Big Ben will again be overshadowed. This should keep him hungry to come back and win No. 8 and that elusive MVP award.

South Florida Steeler from Boynton Beach, Fla., writes: The Steelers will win in a shootout. Big Ben will find a way to win the game at the end and will be the MVP. Both defenses will score touchdowns. The difference will be the running game. Pittsburgh will gain enough on the ground to control the clock and be able to play action pass. The final score will be 34-31 Steelers.

Brian from Salt Lake City, Utah, writes: The Pack deserve a lot a credit for an excellent season, but... the Steelers experience and defense will carry the team to its seventh Lombardi. Mike Wallace continues the trend of Steelers wide receivers winning the MVP in a 23-17 victory.

AFC North final say

James Walker: One of the most baffling things I noticed about Super Bowl week is how much people doubt the Steelers' defense. I don't think it's safe to assume the Packers' offense will march up and down the field for four quarters. I think the Steelers' defense frustrates Green Bay early, which is enough to get a lead and stave off a second-half rally by the Packers. Steelers, 27-24.