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On Bryan Bulaga vs. LaMarr Woodley

That battle, when one-on-one, could determine Super Bowl XLV

Originally Published: February 2, 2011
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesWoodley, who seems to thrive in the postseason, could be a huge key in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl history is full of situations in which teams found creative solutions to what seemed to be insurmountable problems.

In Super Bowl XIX, the San Francisco 49ers changed their pass-rushing schemes to break the wall of pass blocking that had held up for the Miami Dolphins all year long. The Niners registered four sacks against a Miami offense that had given up only 14 in the entire 1984 regular season and postseason en route to a 38-16 victory.

For Super Bowl XXXVI, Bill Belichick's New England Patriots used widespread press coverage to disrupt the St. Louis Rams' Greatest Show on Turf offense, a tactic that was the key to holding that explosively talented group to only 17 points.

The 2010 Green Bay Packers could end up in the same boat as those aforementioned teams if they can find a way to stop the Pittsburgh Steelers' vaunted pass rush.

On its face, it looks like a daunting task. The Steelers' 48 sacks led the league. The Packers finished the season allowing 38 sacks, a total that was only two sacks away from landing them in the bottom 10 in the league.

Those numbers suggest that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will have to run for his football life on Sunday, but the game tape metrics actually say otherwise. They indicate there is a road that Green Bay can take to bypass the Steelers' vaunted zone blitzes.