BBAO: Packers set for Lambeau celebration


We're Black and Blue All Over:

FORT WORTH, Texas -- It really happened. The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XLV. If you live in Green Bay, it's time to party.

The Packers are due to return to Austin Straubel Airport sometime around 1:30 p.m. CT. That time could be adjusted based on their departure from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Local officials are encouraging fans to gather at or near Lambeau Field to welcome the team back to town.

There will also be a "Return to Titletown" celebration Tuesday at Lambeau Field beginning at 4 p.m. CT. Hold on to your hats.

As for the NFC North blog, operations will move back to headquarters by Monday night. It's been a wild week in North Texas, but all good things must come to an end.

While we have a moment, let's look at some highlights in the national and local coverage of Super Bowl XLV.

  • The Packers put their faith in quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night, just as they had in the past three years, writes Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN.com.

  • Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press: "Lombardi goes home. Rodgers gets his due. About time, no?"

  • Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette: "While there's no way to quantify or compare titles, what the 2010 Packers achieved could go down as the most impressive performance in the 90-year history of the franchise. This Packers team didn't have the best record or the most victories. But no team in the Packers' storied past likely endured as much hardship, or bounced back from so many setbacks."

  • Receiver Jordy Nelson on the Packers' plan to emphasize the pass, via Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "It wasn't so much disrespect for their secondary as it was respect for their front seven."

  • Coach Mike McCarthy on the game plan, via Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports: "Aaron and I talked about it all week. I told him, 'You're going to have to throw the ball away two or three times, check it down a few times and make some plays with your feet, 'cause I'm gonna put my foot on the gas all day long.' He threw bullets all day."

  • Packers safety Nick Collins made a big play early in the game, notes Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com.

  • Former NFL officiating chief Mike Pereira writes on Fox Sports.com there was no pass interference on the Pittsburgh Steelers' final offensive play of the game.

  • Before the game, the NFL named Minnesota Vikings safety Madieu Williams its Walter Payton Man of the Year for his community efforts.