For those of you not up to date in the world of football, the Green Bay Packers have once again made it to the Super Bowl. On Sunday, February 6th, the Packers will face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas for the Super Bowl trophy (and bragging rights). On Sunday January 23rd, the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears, while the Steelers defeated the New York Jets to become the champions of their respective divisions.
This will be the first time the Packers have made it to the Super Bowl since 1998. Their last Super Bowl victory, however, was in 1997. The Steelers’ last Super Bowl victory was in 2009. So both teams are no strangers to being in the Super Bowl, or being Super Bowl champions. The Packers will be walking into the Super Bowl with a season record of 10 wins and 6 losses, while the Steelers have a season record of 12 wins and 4 losses. The win-loss record for the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl is 3-1, while the Steelers have a win-loss record of 6-1 at the Super Bowl. But even with the records favoring the Steelers, the Packers are a 2 ½ point favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Although the win-loss record is in favor of the Steelers, the Packers do have advantages in their players. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has the most passing yards this season, while James Starks, Greg Jennings, Tramon Williams, and Sam Shields have outstanding performances in rushing yards, receiving yards, and interceptions, respectively. Two other key performers on the Packers defense are Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews. Charles Woodson is a 12 year veteran, leader, and big playmaker. Matthews was among the leaders in sacks this year, and was named to the all-pro team. Head Coach Mike McCarthy has done a great job for the Packers this season, despite all the injuries the team has had this year. Can McCarthy lead the Packers to the end of an amazing season? Can the Packers pull off the underdog victory over the Steelers? We will all have to tune in on the 6th to find out.
The Green Bay Packers have supported NESCO for the past seven years by donating an autographed football every year for NESCO’s annual AppleFest Raffle. We would like to wish the Packers the best of luck on Super Bowl Sunday.