Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl XLV MVP Sunday night, and for good reason -- he threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns and completed 24 passes without an interception. And of course, he led Green Bay to a win in Super Bowl XLV. Rodgers was certainly an apparent and deserving choice for the game's MVP, but with two of his touchdown passes finding Greg Jennings, the wide receiver just as easily could have taken home the honors, writes our Packers blog, Acme Packing Company (especially after Jordy Nelson and James Jones got a case of the drops).
When Roger Goodell was preparing to hand out the award, I mentioned to my friend that it should go to Jennings. Of course the cliche thought of the quarterback winning the award seemed to come win in the end.
No, don't go throwing Rodgers under the bus here, because he deserves it -- after all, silencing the buzzing bee of Brett Favre is no easy task. But would the Packers be basking in the glow of their fourth Super Bowl trophy if it wasn't for Jennings in the long run?
Jennings finished with four receptions for 64 yards and the two scores. But more importantly, he became Rodgers' go-to receiver after Donald Driver had to leave the game with an injury. And his experience proved valuable, especially on his first TD, which put the Packers up 21-3 in the second quarter.
"The first touchdown was just a bee line. It was pretty much like the 31-yard catch at the end of the game. They played cover two and I was able to slip LaMarr Woodley and get in between Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. The second was a corner route, and Polamalu kind of dropped me. He was looking at the backfield for something else and let me just run right by him".