Despite playing in the various elements that the Packers face in Green Bay, and in opposing cities like Chicago, their passing attack was explosive this season. They were fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game, and Aaron Rodgers threw 28 touchdowns on nearly 4,000 yards. The Packers don’t need any help from the turf to be successful in the passing game. But that’s what they’ll get in Super Bowl XLV thanks to the turf in Cowboys Stadium.
Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings discussed playing on the faster, more climate-friendly surface in Dallas:
“That’s all I can do is smile,” said a clearly relieved Jennings. “I mean, you go from playing in Chicago in January, late January, to Dallas and they close you inside a dome. You can’t do anything but smile.
“Obviously the surface is going to be perfect. The atmosphere is going to be unmatched. … Obviously we play well inside. But in a game like this, game of this magnitude, it didn’t matter if we had to play in the park.”
Obviously, the advantage works both ways. But it should help the Packers slightly more than the Steelers, who are more of a run-oriented team.
The 2011 Super Bowl kicks off Sunday, Feburary 6th at 6:29 p.m. EST.