The Steelers’ defense seems to always score a touchdown in a AFC Championship game or a Super Bowl. In their last trip to the Super Bowl, Troy Polamalu scored in the AFC Championship game on an interception return to beat the Baltimore Ravens and James Harrison took an interception back for a touchdown in the Super Bowl to help beat the Arizona Cardinals.
Yesterday it was Pittsburgh defensive back William Gay who picked up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown.
I hear people talking about why Steelers quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, who has won two Super Bowls is going for his third, isn’t mentioned in the same breath as Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady. I tell it’s simple, he isn’t as a good of a quarterback as they are. In fact he’s not in the same league.
Yesrerday, Roethlisberger won an AFC Championship game while completing 10 of 19 passes for 133 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating for the game was 35.5. He had a poorer performance in the Super Bowl game the Steelers won over the Seattle Seahawks, yet everybody gives him credit for the win. Tell me how many of those other star quarterbacks could win a conference championship with those pathetic numbers.
I give him credit for completing a couple of big throws at the end of the game, but if he didn’t have that great defense and tremendous running game, he would be just another good quarterback. The Steelers defense and running game give them a chance to be champions every season. If they get quality play from their quarterback, they have a good chance to win it all.
They go out and get tough football players on both sides of the ball and they teach them a commitment to the football team over individual achievements. The Bears always seem to win the toughness factor.
Jay Cutler needs to find Dorothy and go to see the Oz because there’s no way he shouldn’t have continued to play in that game. He didn’t even know when he got hurt. That’s a bit much.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers really disappointed me yesterday. They started out the way I expected, but seemed to get lackadaisical after they built up a 14-0 lead. Rodgers made a couple of bad throws which were picked off and they let the Bears stay in the game.
Rodgers will have to play better for Green Bay to beat the Steelers. He also needs to know that he needs to resist the urge to run with the ball against the Steelers. He’ll have to be sharper reading the blitz and protecting the football. Pittsburgh will put more pass rush pressure on him and they’ll force him to be great to beat them.
On the other side of the ball, the Green Bay defense didn’t play up to the level they’re capable of either and they allowed the Chicago Bears to march for touchdowns when led by Caleb Hanie. The Packers know they’re good and they have lapses which put them in position to lose games that they should win.
I thought the Packers let down against the Eagles to let them back into the game. They play their best ball when they’re on the attack as compared to sitting back in a zone defense and playing bend but don’t break football. If they play that way in the Super Bowl, the Steelers will mop the floor with them.
On the touchdown throw by Hanie to Earl Bennett, two of Green Bay’s Pro Bowl defensive backs Charles Woodson and Nick Collins, stopped on the play because they expected the other guy to make the play. It was an awful play by a team which was trying to get to the Super Bowl.
Even with the poor plays, Green Bay’s defense is main reason that they have a good chance of winning this year’s Super Bowl. Their defense needs to force Roethlisberger into some mistakes in order to beat the Steelers.
I’m picking the Packers to win the game. I think they’ll be focused for the entire game.