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Why Super Bowl XLV is one for the ages

Don't know much about history? We can fix that. Everyone's talking about the two "historic" teams playing in this year's Super Bowl, and we're here to break down exactly what that means. Amanda Rykoff explains why a meeting of two franchises with a combined 165 years of history should have you more amped up than if this were, say, a Jaguars-Panthers Super Bowl.

Updated: February 4, 2011, 12:17 PM ET
By Amanda Rykoff

Talk to anybody about Sunday's Super Bowl XLV between the Packers and Steelers and you'll no doubt hear one thing: "What a great matchup of two storied franchises. These are two historic teams!"

Any Super Bowl has the potential to be a historic game, regardless of who's playing. What makes this game stand out? Well, before we even get to kickoff, we have two teams steeped in NFL history. More than 165 combined years of football history, to be exact. Here's a closer look at why ...

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