Commentary

Scouts Buzz: Rodgers overcomes

Lack of a run game. Shaky wide receivers. Neither derailed Packers QB on big stage

Originally Published: February 7, 2011
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
After watching Super Bowl XLV, Scouts Inc. shares some observations about the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 victory:

Without the threat of a potent run game, Aaron Rodgers had to be great against a great defense. And he was. He was a truly deserving Super Bowl MVP. As usual, Rodgers made a few tremendous throws that few quarterbacks in memory could pull off. But outside of Greg Jennings -- who was once again spectacular -- Green Bay's wide receivers let Rodgers down. The Packers lost Donald Driver to injury, and this group dropped way too many passes on the big stage. Jordy Nelson posted a huge statistical day and beat one-on-one coverage consistently. But, like the rest of this wide receiving corps, Nelson just had too many dropped passes. James Jones also had a drop that very well could have gone for a long touchdown. Just imagine what Rodgers' night would have looked like with a little more help from his friends.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left a lot of plays on the field in this game. Turnovers killed the Steelers, but so did Roethlisberger's accuracy problems. The first interception didn't look to be his fault; the second was. But the missed throws were at least as crucial. And the deep ball gave him the most trouble. Roethlisberger orchestrated a great drive that was capped with a fantastic touch throw to Mike Wallace with 7:34 left in the game. But outside of that, Roethlisberger didn't look like himself, and it cost his team.

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