The Pittsburgh Steelers opened Super Bowl XLV with a 38-yard kickoff return by Antonio Brown. The kick returner ran the 72-yard Green Bay Packers kick out from two yards deep in the end zone, if that’s relevant to your gambling interests in any way.
After a three-and-out, a punt near Green Bay’s 20 bounced off Tramon Williams as Sam Shields collided with him. A pileup resulted, with multiple Steelers claiming possession of the ball (the referees did not believe them!), but the Packers emerged with the ball.
On the first Pittsburgh drive, QB Ben Roethlisberger completed a four-yard pass to WR Hines Ward, which was negated by a four-yard loss on a run by RB Rashard Mendenhall. Roethlisberger also threw an incompletion in there.
The Packers defense looks fast and aggressive, but Pittsburgh hasn’t suffered mightily yet from the loss of Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.