After the Green Bay Packers' first drive in Super Bowl XLV, the score is still 0-0, despite a play that could easily have led to points.
On the Packers' first play from scrimmage, LaMarr Woodley broke up a quick slant to Greg Jennings. Then, a draw to James Starks gained next to no yardage on second down.
Forced to try to pick up the first down on third and nine, the Packers came up huge, with an offsides penalty from Pittsburgh failing to generate any rush on Rodgers, who fired a strike to Donald Driver on a deep post.
Then that script almost repeated itself: Rodgers was pressured and airmailed Jordy Nelson in the left flat, then a draw to Starks gained just three yards. But on this set of downs, the Packers would not move the chains.
Standing tall against pressure from James Farrior, Rodgers found an open Nelson with a step on the defense, but Nelson couldn't make the catch, the ball sailing through his arms. If Nelson had managed to reel in the pass, the Packers would have been set up in the red zone, and poised to take an early lead on the Steelers.
Tim Masthay punted deep, and the ball went out the back of the end zone for a touchback.
The Packers drive was nearly scuttled before it began: miscommunication between Tramon Williams and Sam Shields led to a muffed punt that the Packers recovered.