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Jeff Gravley

111 million watch a great Super Bowl

Posted February 7, 2011

The NFL announced that Super Bowl XLV was the most-watched show in television history. An estimated 111 million people watched the Packers pull out a 31-25 win over the Steelers.

Many Super Bowls never live up to the hype but my guideline is, if the outcome is still in doubt with 2 minutes to go, that's a really good Super Bowl!

I had little interest in which team won the game but it was nice to see the Aaron Rodgers story unfold. Let's dial back to an agonizing draft day in 2005 when Rodgers sat in the "green room" as pick after pick was announced. Finally the Packers picked the Cal quarterback with the 24th pick.

He handled it well.

Then Rodgers had to endure the Brett Favre soap opera in Green Bay. The Packers felt like Rodgers was ready to play but Favre couldn't make up his mind whether to play or not.

Rodgers said all the right things without stepping on the future Hall of Famers toes.

Once Favre landed with the New York Jets, Aaron Rodgers finally got his shot in 2008. But there were the constant comparisons to the Packers former number 4. It's always hard to be the person who follows a legend.

Rodgers handled that like a pro.

During Super Bowl media day, Rodgers was asked if he had called or received any advice from Brett Favre on playing in the Super Bowl. "No," was Rodgers' answer. After Rodgers passed for 304 yards in his first Super Bowl to earn MVP honors, he was asked if he had gotten a text or heard from Brett Favre. "No, I haven't," he said. Do you expect to hear from Brett Favre? was the follow-up question. "No, I don't," he said with a smile.

Aaron Rodgers was simply spectacular in the Super Bowl throwing pin-point passes that trimmed the finger nails of Pittsburgh defenders and landed into the hands of Packer receivers. Yes, there were some dropped passes but Rodgers handled that well too.

He just kept throwing perfect passes and eventually Aaron Rodgers got to wrap his hands around the Vince Lombardi trophy. The moment marked a beginning and an end. He has matched Brett Favre in Super Bowl wins and Rodgers will have a few more years to add to his collection.

 

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DUR 8
GWI 6
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
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BAL 5
BOS 7
 
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NYM 1
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CLE 13
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CIN 3
CHC 3
 
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TOR 3
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MIA 3
WAS 2
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CWS 1
KAN 2
 
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MIL 0
STL 3
 
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COL 4
SFG 4
 
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PIT 3
 
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OAK 0
HOU 0
 
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ANA 0
TEX 0
 
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LOS 0
 
2nd
SEA 0
MIN 0
 
Final
DAL 128
HOU 130
4th
WAS 88
TOR 88
 
2nd
SAN 35
LAC 29
 
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MON 1
OTT 5
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NYR 2
PIT 1
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STL 1
MIN 1
 
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DUR 8
GWI 6