Super Bowl XLV prediction.
The game won’t be quite as close as Super Bowl XXV (be sure to check out my forthcoming book on that game, entitled Super Bowl Monday, available here), but it will have another great finish.
On the fast turf in Arlington, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will be able to rack up plenty of yards through the air. But inside the red zone, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense will tighten up and surrender a few field goal attempts instead of touchdowns. That will prove the difference in the game.
The Steelers offense won’t explode the scoreboard, but with the legs of Rashard Mendenhall and Ben Roethlisberger keeping drives alive, they’ll keep Rodgers off the field and score some points as well.
Behind by 11-points in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Packers rally with a deep touchdown pass from Rodgers and, after forcing a three-and-out from the Steelers offense, get the ball back with under two minutes to play.
But the Steelers pressure Rodgers enough, force a sack or two, don’t allow the Packers to cross midfield, and time runs out to give Pittsburgh a record one-for-the-index-finger.
Final Score: Steelers 27, Packers 23