The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in just about 58 hours. (Super Bowl kickoff time: 6:30 PM ET, FOX. We're almost there.) Both franchises have storied histories: the Steelers are six-time Super Bowl winners, while the Packers have brought home a championship three times.
Who will be Super Bowl champions this year? Everyone's got an opinion on that matter, and that includes the group of NFL bloggers here at SB Nation. What follows is that group's 2011 Super Bowl predictions; this year, our bloggers are surprisingly pro-Green Bay.
Who's Picking The Packers?
Obviously, Brandon of AcmePackingCompany.com: I know the Packers offense can explode for big points against very good teams. Such as the times they scored 45 against the Giants and 48 against the Falcons. But the more I think about this game, the more likely it seems to be a close one. Packers 21, Steelers 20
Bruce Raffel, BaltimoreBeatdown.com: While this might seem like "sour grapes" or just plain old jealousy, I see the Packers putting an offensive show on Sunday as they overwhelm the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Packers 38, Steelers 17
Dave Halprin, BloggingTheBoys.com: As a NFC guy, and a Cowboys fan, I have to root against the Steelers winning another Lombardi Trophy. Most of all, I'm rooting for a competitive game that goes down to the wire. Packers 28, Steelers 27
Alfie Crow, BigCatCountry.com: I think the Packers have the defensive edge because of the woes of the Steelers offensive line. Steelers let some teams stay in games and that's dangerous with the Packers offense. Packers 30, Steelers 17
Greg Knopping, PatsPulpit.com: In a game featuring two of the most balanced teams in recent memory, the Packers get the edge over the Steelers in a tight game, as Aaron Rodgers wins the MVP, claiming his own stake in Packer and NFL history. Packers 24, Steelers 20
David Fucillo, NinersNation.com: 49ers fans struggle rooting for Green Bay, but Aaron Rodgers' Cal connection makes it a little easier. I'm thinking we see a big game from him. Packers 27, Steelers 17
Dan Kadar, MockingTheDraft.com: It seems everyone thinks this game will either be high scoring or low scoring. Why not somewhere in the middle? Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers looks like he's on too much of a roll for a suspect Steelers secondary to stop. Packers 27, Steelers 21
Matty I, ThePhinsider.com: I picked the Packers back in August and I'm sticking with them now. I believe Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense will be able to spread out Pittsburgh's defense and have success throwing the football. Packers 27, Steelers 24
Tim, BattleRedBlog.com: It's hard for me to put my faith in a team that prominently features Dom Capers, but here goes: Packers 24, Steelers 23