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15:00: Mendenhall fumbles on first play of third. Green Bay recovers. Sorry Rashard, but you can be taken out of MVP contention.
13:26: Jordy Nelson with another drop. As Aikman is saying, you have to take advantage of these opportunities against the Steelers.
13:12: Nelson redeems himself with a slot catch down the middle and a nice run to the 2. First and goal at the 2.
12:05: TOUCHDOWN Rodgers finds Greg Jennings in the corner of the end zone. 28-17. No shot of Mendenhall.
Commercial: Dogs doing dishes for Bud Light. 6/10. What happened to the Clydesdales this year?
Commercial: Pepsi Max first date internal thoughts commercial. Cute concept, could've used more humorous dialogue. 5/10.
11:15: Big Ben finds Wallace up the middle for 11. Steelers in Packers territory.
9:22: I know Dallas is happy Flozell Adams plays for Pittsburgh, too.
8:30: Second and 18 at GB 40. Big Ben finds an uncovered Hines Ward for 15. Big third down.
7:50: TOUCHDOWN Picture perfect pass to Mike Wallace. And an awesome, trickery-filled two-point conversion to boot. 28-25 Pittsburgh.
7:31: OMG. A real overtime possibility. Hope you all signed up for the Papa John's promotion.
Commercial: Fox promo: The Road to the Draft starts tomorrow. Tomorrow!? Can we have one day off first please?
6:27: Already third and 5, oh wait, make that third and 10 (false start).
6:10: No problem. A 31-yard completion to Greg Jennings on the seam.
5:25: And a 14-yard run by James Starks. That's how you make the running game go-go-go.
3:59: Beautiful pass to James Jones to set up a first and goal on the 8.
3:30: Green Bay in the driver's seat.
3:00: James Jones to the 5. Third and goal.
2:10: Jordy Nelson couldn't quite catch one in the end zone. Not Nelson's fault this time. By the way, there have been no pass interference calls in this game.
2:07: FIELD GOAL: Mason Crosby with the 23-yard chip shot. 31-25 GB.
Commercial: Verizon cutting to the chase: They don't drop calls. Appreciate the simplicity. 7/10
2:07: Kickoff to Redman. Personal foul on Keyaron Fox. Half the distance to the goal. First and 10 on the 13.
Two-minute warning. Steelers with one timeout.
Commercial: Every guy in my presence says 10/10 to the Kim Kardashian/Sketchers commercial. I'm not in the targeted demo so I'll refrain.
1:52: Big Ben finds Heath Miller for a first down.
1:10: Second and 5 after a short Hines Ward pass. Has to throw it away. Big third and 5.
0:54: Make that a bigger fourth and 5. This is it, folks!
0:52: Incomplete to Mike Wallace. Wallace wanted a flag but isn't going to happen.
Your Super Bowl XLV Champions: The GREEN BAY PACKERS.
Still in awe from Usher's supreme dancing skills and an overall BEP performance that had me up off the couch to audition some new dance moves, I'm ready for some more game action.
With the late touchdown by Pittsburgh and news that Charles Woodson (collarbone) won't return for the second half, this game is a lot closer than I would have thought an hour ago. Here we go!
15:00: Packers touchback. First and 10 on the 20.
14:25: Chris Myers with news that Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders is out. Oh, and Mike Tomlin is unhappy with his team's play.
13:21: Big third and 5 for the Packers from their own 25. James Jones dropped what could have been a touchdown.
12:43: Green Bay called for face mask (15-yard penalty) on Steelers punt return. Faint sounds of "Let's Go Steelers" start to be audible.
Commercial: ETrade talking baby. Been there, done that. 3/10
Commercial: Best Buy ... Justin Bieber. Need I say more? 2/10. The Force still tops my ad meter.
12:39: Mendenhall with a 17-yard run to the outside. Great effort out of him today and the Steelers' offensive line has come to play!
11:10: Isaac Redman with a beautiful cut on a third and 1 for a 17-yard gain. First and goal Pittsburgh.
11:00: TOUCHDOWN And Mendenhall powers in on first and goal from the 7. 21-17. We've officially seen a momentum shift.
Commercial: Cram it in the Boot game for Mini Countryman. I'd play that game. 6/10
Oh yes, the useless robot. We at espnW were contemplating naming alternates for the robot. My pick: Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith with dance-offs for each of the CBA issues. Rookie pay scale? Give us your best mambo, guys.
9:36: Jordy Nelson drops another one down the middle. Rodgers can't be happy with his receiving corps at the moment.
9:30: And James Harrison takes down Rodgers on third down. Probably glad he didn't retire. Interesting tidbit from Buck: Harrison's been cut four times in his career.
Commercial: Hyundai Elantra. Good for achieving that transcendental state ... but how many more car commercials can we take? 6/10
Commercial: Timothy Hutton for Groupon. Loved the shift from supporting Tibetan issue to eating in Himalayan restaurant. 8/10
Commercial: Stella Artois. Sorry husband, but for 30 seconds I fell in love with Adrian Brody.
7:31: Great bounce from Moore to get a first down on Steelers third and 1.
6:35: Big Ben to Hines Ward down the middle. Another first down. First and 10 on GB 29. Steelers are having a field day right now.
5:25: Still no Favre mention ... or lockout mention for that matter.
4:40: Frank Zombo with the sack on Big Ben -- first sack of game. Tomlin trots out Suisham to try the 52 yarder, and it's not even close. Bad coaching move, in my opinion. Your team has momentum on both sides of the ball. Keep the field position.
4:20: And Aaron Rodgers comes out swinging with an 18-yard pass to Jordy Nelson up the middle. Field position battle officially favors Green Bay now.
3:00: Green Bay goes anti-Tomlin and doesn't bring out Mason Crosby for a 56-yarder.
1:15: Turns out to be a good call as the Steelers go 3 and out. Big Ben overthrows Mike Wallace again.
0:48: Hines Ward might have the most perfectly round face ever seen on a professional athlete.
0:47: Rodgers with a un-Rodgers like bad pass.
0:37: Third and 10 Swain with a catch and a fumble ... wait? Incomplete.Where's Pererira?
0:25: Walt Anderson should have swapped mics with Will i. Am.
Commercial: Turns out the Go Daddy.co girl is ... Joan Rivers. Blah. 4/10
14:22: Awesome coverage by Tramon Williams to break up a catchable pass by Big Ben to Emmanuel Sanders.
13:58: Sanders redeems himself by falling and then picking up a first down.
11:45: Nice tackle by Nick Collins on Mike Wallace to force fourth down.
11:11: FIELD GOAL 33-yarder by Shane Suisham. Barely. 14-3 Green Bay
Commercial: Budweiser to the rescue of a Old West saloon owner. Crowd busts out in "Tiny Dancer." 9/10
11:08: Crowd shots of John Travolta (Where's Kelly?) and Ron Howard (Where's Clint?) Neither seems remotely interested in the game.
11:01: The Starship Enterprise crowd is very quiet. Maybe because all the real fans are in the upper deck.
10:20: Green Bay comes up short on a third and 5. Donald Driver limps off. Steelers defense forced the quick, short passes on that drive.
Commercial: Coke commercial -- Again, James Cameron-esque: no plot and meant to be viewed in 3-D.
Commercial: Volkswagen "The Force." I confess I've viewed this on You Tube 10 times this week and it's not getting old. 10/10!
8:58: Big Ben with a nice 16-yard completion to Mike Wallace.
8:20: Mewelde Moore just rumbled and tumbled his way to a first down. Literally.
6:05: Nice pass to Antwaan Randle-El for a first down. Welcome back to the Super Bowl. Now get that arm warmed up!
4:35: Timeout. Still no Favre mentions. This game is speeding by.
Commercial: Snickers ... just for casting of Roseanne and Richard Lewis as "annoying." 7/10
So far commercials are mainly animal and showing off technological advances.
4:35: Stupid decision by Big Ben to throw pass over the middle in coverage. INTERCEPTION Jarrett Bush. GB ball on own 47.
3:20: Beautiful run for a first down by James Starks.
2:30: TOUCHDOWN Aaron Rodgers 21-yard touchdown to Greg Jennings, who backed into the end zone. 21-3. Dare I say the Packers are dominating?
2:17: Awesome 37-yard completion by Randle-El on Steelers' first down.
Commercial: Chevy Cruise with real-time Facebook updates. So, so wrong. 2/10.
Commercial: Carmax. I feel like Ben Roethlisberger on the Tuesday before a Super Bowl watching that commercial. 8/10
1:40: Hines Ward with a big 14-yard completion to give the Steelers a first down. Charles Woodson head into the locker room.
1:10: Ward again over the middle for 18 yards and a first and goal.
0:45: TOUCHDOWN: Ward again in the back of the end zone. Big Ben at his improvisational best. 21-10
0:39: Now Nick Collins joins Sam Shields and Charles Woodson in the locker room. Very scary feeling for Packers fans.
Halftime's gonna be a good halftime for me. It's dip time! Enjoy the Black Eyed Peas and I'll see you for the third quarter.
15:00: It's heads again on the coin toss (isn't it always?). Interesting strategy by Green Bay to defer to the second half. And boy did Hines Ward look nervous.
14:03: Zombo smothers Mendenhall in the back field. Loss of four.
13:24: 3 and out. Don't think Steelers will be running much. Good call by the Pack on deferring.
13:13: Almost a devastating start for Tramon Williams and Green Bay on that muffed punt. How did the Steelers not get that ball?
12:03: If you had Brett Kiesel's beard being mentioned in the first three minutes of the game, you're a winner!
Commercial: Doritos commercial with mini pit bull: 5/10
Commercial: Upscale prison ad for Audi with Kenny G music. 8/10 for creativity. 2/10 for having to hear Kenny G music.
10:59: Mendenhall gives the Steelers their first first down and then followed it up with a 9-yard run. Hope you ignored my 13:24 comment.
9:00: Bad pass by Big Ben to a pretty open Heath Miller. Fourth down.
Commercial: Pepsi Max: Wife doesn't like her husband eating garbage but approves of Pepsi Max and it's zero calories. Since I can relate 8/10
8:00: Impressive strike by Rodgers to Jordy Nelson for 9.5 yards. He's going to kill that blitz.
6:52: OK, Jordy Nelson is officially getting a lot more work than most of us expected.
6:04: Will.I.Am promises something spectacular at the half. Let me guess; that the NFL booked a halftime act so annoying that I won't feel guilty doing anything other than watching them.
Commercial: Promo for Vin Diesel's Fast Five coming this summer... It's February -- are we really expected to mark our calendars?
5:53: Nice shot of Cameron Diaz, A-Rod, George and Laura Bush, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Ashton Kutcher, among others. But seriously, was Cameron Diaz feeding A-Rod popcorn? He can't even feed himself?
4:25: Rodgers is dominating the pressure, allowing the running game to not be pulseless.
3:44: TOUCHDOWN 29-yard pass to Jordy Nelson (did we say Nelson was involved?). Perfectly thrown pass by Rodgers. Early favorite for MVP.
Commercial: Favorite Doritos ad thus far. The chips bring everything to life, including the deceased grandfather of a roommate. 8/10
3:34: We're approaching the end of the first and still no Brett Favre mentions. What's going on?
Commercial: Optima ad clearly has James Cameron's fingerprints on it -- no plot and best viewed in 3-D. 4/10
3:20: TOUCHDOWN: Nick Collins with a pick six. Awful throw by Big Ben, throwing from his own end zone with pressure. The Redemption Story is on hold for now.
Commercial: At last the Brisk/Enimen commercial! Kind of ambivalent about the claymation. 5/10
1:45: Steelers offensive line and Rashard Mendenhall are only bright spots for Steelers so far.
0:18: HUGE first down scramble by Big Ben on third and 9 -- one play after his knee seemed to go out.