Monday, February 7, 2011
Take your pick: Biggest SB XLV turnover
By James Walker
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As the AFC North blog wraps up its week-long trip in the Lone Star State, we want to leave one last question Monday for our community.
Which Super Bowl XLV turnover hurt the Pittsburgh Steelers most: Ben Roethlisberger's pick-six in the first half or Rashard Mendenhall's fourth-quarter fumble? Take your pick.
Both plays were huge and led to Green Bay Packers touchdowns in the six-point victory.
Roethlisberger was pressured in the first quarter and threw a lame duck right into the hands of Packers safety Nick Collins, who returned it 37 yards for a score, giving the Packers a 14-0 lead. The Steelers were never able to overcome that early deficit. So was Roethlisberger's interception more costly?
Or was the timing of Mendenhall's fumble more important? The Steelers were only down 21-17 and driving when Packers linebacker Clay Matthews popped the ball out of Mendenhall's hands. Green Bay scored a touchdown eight plays later to take a 28-17 lead in the fourth quarter and never looked back.
So take your pick between these two costly turnovers by Pittsburgh, and share your comments below. You can also send your thoughts to our division inbox and AFC North Twitter page, and we will run the best responses throughout the week.