The Green Bay Packers arrived at Super Bowl XLV as the sixth seed in their conference, but they were also confident, favored to win and ready to roll. After racing out to a 14-0 start, the Packers held on to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Behind rising superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay attacked the Steelers through the air and took advantage of three Pittsburgh turnovers to win their first Super Bowl since 1996.

Rodgers threw for 304 yards despite the absence of top receiver Donald Driver, who left the game early with a knee injury. In his place, Greg Jennings surfaced to gather in two scores from Rodgers, the last an eight-yard toss that gave Green Bay its final touchdown.

“We’ve been a team that’s overcome adversity all year,” Jennings told a television interviewer after the game. “Our head captain goes down, emotional in the locker room. Our No. 1 receiver goes down, more emotions are going, flying in the locker room. But we find a way to bottle it up and exert it all out here on the field.”

Turnovers and missed opportunities denied the Steelers a chance at a seventh Super Bowl championship. The franchise currently leads all others with six Super Bowl wins, ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers , each holding five league championships.

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Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO