Super Bowl XLV
Super Bowl XLV had all the makings of one of the greatest match-ups in football history. Neither team would disappoint, as the Green Bay Packers, champions of the National Football Conference and winners of a record 12 NFL championships (nine league championships prior to the Super Bowl era and a trio of Super Bowl victories) prepared to battle the American Football Conference champion Pittsburgh Steelers — a team that held the most Super Bowl championships in history (6). Entering what was the fifth Super Bowl in team history, the Pack became the first number 6-seeded team in the NFC to compete, after posting a 10-6 regular season record. The Steelers, after finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record, advanced to a league tying 8th Super Bowl appearance.
Super Bowl XLV was played on February 6, 2011, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas — the first time that the game was hosted in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Led by their head coach, Mike McCarthy, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay scored first on a 29-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Jordy Nelson, followed later by an interception by Nick Collins for a 37-yard touchdown. In fact, Green Bay dominated most of the first half, enjoying a 21-3 lead before Pittsburgh narrowed it to 21-10 before halftime, in part thanks to Hines Wards' touchdown reception. With the Packers holding on to a narrow 21-17 lead going into the fourth quarter, the Steelers narrowed the score to 28-25 by the middle of the quarter, compliments of wide receiver Mike Wallace's 25-yard touchdown reception from their QB and a two-point conversion. Green Bay quickly answered with a 23-yard field goal by Mason Crosby, before stopping the Steelers from scoring on their final drive of the game. With a final of 31-25, Green Bay captured its fourth Lombardi Trophy, as Rodgers' completion of 24 or 39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns earned him MVP accolades. Super Bowl XLV averaged 111 million viewers, setting what was then a record as the most-watched program in American television history.