The Steelers need to buck some serious historical trends or the Green Bay Packers are going to be Super Bowl champs this year.
Teams are 10-0 when they return an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Nick Collins did that in the first quarter. No Super Bowl champion have ever won after falling behind by more than 10 points. The Packers lead 21-10 at halftime.
This game doesn’t feel lopsided, despite the Packers leading 21-3 before an incredible two minute drive capped by a Ben Roethlisberger touchdown toss to Hines Ward. The Steelers actually out-gained Green Bay (204-174), but the Packers are making the big plays.
Aaron Rodgers‘ two touchdown passes were ridiculous, well-defended plays. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown two picks, including one to former Cheesehead punching bag Jarrett Bush.
The Packers have to be concerned with their tendency to let second half leads melt away and they can’t be happy with some of the injuries piling up. Donald Driver had x-rays on his ankle. They were negative, but he’s questionable to return. Packers cornerbacks Sam Shields and Charles Woodson have shoulder injuries.
Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is questionable to return after hurting his foot.
We’ve got a feeling this game is going to stay interesting until the end despite the uneven start.
UPDATE: Woodson is out for the rest of the game with a collarbone injury. Shields is reportedly expected to return, but he didn’t play in Green Bay’s first series back. Sanders is also out.
The Steelers have cut the score to 21-17 early in the third quarter. Giddy up.