Jordy Nelson was hit-or-miss at times for the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl 45, but came through when it mattered most. Plagued by three crippling drops, it was beginning to look like Nelson would be the goat of Super Bowl XLV as the Pittsburgh Steelers crawled back into the game. His last drop loomed large in the fourth quarter -- a second and 10 mistake that left the Packers in third and long with the Steelers down by just four.
Instead of shying away from Nelson, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers kept throwing. With Donald Driver out of the game, he had little choice, but also had the trust to know Nelson would make the play the next time. He did just that on third and 10, snaring a Rodgers toss and scampering for 38 yards to the Pittsburgh two-yard-line. Two plays later, Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.
Nelson was far-and-away Rodgers' favorite target in the Super Bowl. Rodgers threw Nelson's way 15 times in the game, more than doubling Greg Jennings second-best seven targets. It was Nelson's nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown that made the difference -- a needed boost in production with Driver on the sidelines.
For his efforts, Nelson received 2.5 MVP votes, more symbolic than anything with Rodgers the clear winner. But it was Nelson's clutch catch and run, along with his overall performance, that played a big role in the Packers' win. It seems the Super Bowl always brings out big games from the players out of nowhere and Nelson was no exception. And boy are the Packers glad he stepped up in a big way when he was needed most.
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