The 2011 Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 6 demonstrates the old adage that 'defense wins championships.' In fact, all four of the teams that competed last week for Super Bowl berths were in the top 10 among NFL defenses. However, the Packers and Steelers might be the most complete. The Chicago Bears secondary couldn't hold up against Aaron Rodgers; he picked them apart on two drives, and it was all he needed. His defense did the rest. The New York Jets were supposed to be better against the run then they were on Sunday. Their line couldn't stop Rashard Mendenhall from collecting yards in six- to 10-yard batches. The Steelers defense loosened up a bit in the second half, but Pittsburgh overall controls the clock as well as as anyone in the NFL..
Both teams feature cornerbacks who can run with any receiver in the league, and linebackers who are as dangerous in coverage, as they are blitzing the quarterback. They both have a penchant for physical play, and won't let the fear of a penalty prevent them from making a big hit, or boxing out an intended receiver going for the ball.
Overall, it's a pretty promising matchup. The two teams haven't met since 2009, when the home team Steelers won 37-36 on a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown pass to Mike Wallace as time expired.
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