Sunday, February 6, 2011
Leaders of the championship 'Pack'
Stats and Info’s best notes, nuggets, and anecdotes from Super Bowl XLV, with the help of our video review crew.
• With the help of Pro-Football-Reference.com, we found that only one other game in NFL history ended with a 31-25 final score. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by that score on September 28, 1952. It was also the first NFL Championship decided by exactly six points since 1958, when the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants, 23-17 in overtime.
• Aaron Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns. He’s the fourth quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards, with at least three touchdowns in a Super Bowl, joining Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jake Delhomme.
• Jordy Nelson finished with nine catches, 140 receiving yards and a touchdown. The only other players in Super Bowl history to match or better those totals are Ricky Sanders (Redskins, XXII), Jerry Rice (49ers, XXIII and XXIX) and Deion Branch (Patriots, XXXVIII).
Nelson was targeted seven times on passes more than 10 yards downfield in the Super Bowl, a single-game high for Nelson this season. Rodgers started going 0-for-2 on such passes to Nelson on Sunday, but completed four of his next five including the first touchdown of the game.
• Ben Roethlisberger's two interceptions give him five for his career in the Super Bowl, tied for the fifth-most career interceptions in Super Bowl history. The pass that Roethlisberger had intercepted and returned for a touchdown was the second interception this postseason that came when Roethlisberger threw a pass to the left side of the field. He only had one on 146 attempts to the left side in the regular season.
• Nick Collins' 37-yard interception return for a touchdown made this the third straight Super Bowl (and the seventh in the last 11) in which an interception was returned for a score. The Packers kept alive a historic streak. Teams that return an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl are now 11-0.
• The last three Super Bowls have also been games in which the losing team outgained the winning team.
• The Packers had 13 rushing attempts, tied with the St. Louis Rams (Super Bowl XXXIV) for fewest by a Super Bowl winner. The Rams and Packers also rank 1-2 in fewest yards rushing by a Super Bowl winner. Green Bay's 50 yards were 21 more than those Rams had.
• Greg Jennings is the third Packer with two receiving touchdowns in a Super Bowl, joining Max McGee (Super Bowl I) and Antonio Freeman (Super Bowl XXXII).
• Hines Ward, in a losing effort, had his 10th career postseason touchdown reception. He is the sixth player to have at least that many postseason touchdown catches, joining Jerry Rice (22), John Stallworth (12), Fred Biletnikoff (10), Antonio Freeman (10) and Randy Moss (10).
• Had Shaun Suisham made his 52-yard field goal attempt, with the Steelers trailing 21-17 in the fourth quarter, it would have been the second-longest in Super Bowl history. The odds were against Suisham from the start. Including playoffs, he is now 3-for-10 on attempts of 50 or more yards and hasn't made one since October 5, 2008 against the Eagles.