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Green, Gold & Glorious: Green Bay Packers Superbowl XLV

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  • Green, Gold & GloriousTHE GREEN BAY PACKERS MAGICAL RUN TO SUPER BOWL XLV

    Presented by

  • 2Copyright 2011 Green Bay Press-Gazette ISBN: 978-1-59725-307-9All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,

    mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the copyright owner or the publisher.Published by Pediment Publishing, a division of The Pediment Group, Inc. www.pediment.com Printed in Canada.

  • 3Foreword

    When it comes to the 2010 Green Bay Packers, remember one thing. They did it the hard way.Quarterback Aaron Rodgers raised the stakes even before the season, dressing for Texas and Super Bowl XLV at the teams annual welcome luncheon.The Packers were a popular preseason pick for the Super Bowl, and then staggered to a 3-3 start.Sixteen players landed on the injured reserve list, including six starters.All six regular-season losses came by four or fewer points, including two in overtime.Rodgers sustained two concussions and missed 1 games.Such adversity would have doomed most teams. But the Packers still were alive in late December, still doing

    it the hard way.They needed to win their final two regular-season games at Lambeau Field to make the playoffs.They crushed the New York Giants 45-17 and followed up with a 10-3 win over their old archrivals, the

    Chicago Bears. That gave them a 10-6 record and the final NFC playoff berth.The Packers then accomplished what no sixth-seeded NFC team had ever done, winning three consecutive

    postseason road games to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.That rugged path included victories at Philadelphia and at Atlanta that were sparked by six Rodgers touch-

    down passes and three Tramon Williams interceptions.In a classic NFC championship game at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Packers defeated the Bears thanks

    in large part to a pair of interceptions by rookie Sam Shields and another by nose tackle B.J. Raji that was returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.No matter what was thrown at the Packers during the 2010 season, they never wavered in their quest to

    earn a Super Bowl berth.That drive took the Packers to their fifth

    Super Bowl, where they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers for their 13th NFL championship. No team has more titles.

    Right:Quarterback Aaron Rodgers teased fans with the promise of going to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV when he wore a cowboy hat, bolo tie and duster to the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerces annual Welcome Packers luncheon at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Sept. 1. He was escorted to his seat by chamber ambassador Sue May. He supplied cowboy hats to some of his teammates, according to those at his table. Coach Mike McCarthy saw that and said I see a number of players are already dressed for Dallas, Texas. M.P. King/green Bay Press-gazette

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  • 5Table of ContentsWeek 1: Philadelphia Eagles .................................................................................................. 7

    Week 2: Buffalo Bills ............................................................................................................ 13

    Week 3: Chicago Bears ....................................................................................................... 17

    Week 4: Detroit Lions .......................................................................................................... 21

    Week 5: Washington Redskins ............................................................................................. 27

    Week 6: Miami Dolphins ...................................................................................................... 31

    Week 7: Minnesota Vikings .................................................................................................. 37

    Week 8: New York Jets........................................................................................................ 43

    Week 9: Dallas Cowboys ..................................................................................................... 49

    Week 11: Minnesota Vikings ................................................................................................ 53

    Week 12: Atlanta Falcons .................................................................................................... 59

    Week 13: San Francisco 49ers ............................................................................................ 65

    Week 14: Detroit Lions ........................................................................................................ 71

    Week 15: New England Patriots ........................................................................................... 77

    Week 16: New York Giants .................................................................................................. 85

    Week 17: Chicago Bears ..................................................................................................... 93

    NFC wild-card playoff: Philadelphia Eagles ............................................................................ 99

    NFC divisional playoff: Atlanta Falcons ................................................................................ 109

    NFC championship game: Chicago Bears .......................................................................... 119

    Super Bowl XLV: Pittsburgh Steelers ................................................................................... 135

    Fan Shots ......................................................................................................................... 156

    Credits .............................................................................................................................. 160

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  • 7Philadelphia EaglesSeptember 12, 2010 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia W 27-20

    PHILADELPHIA The Green Bay Packers almost lived a Michael Vick nightmare.Playing in the second half for injured Kevin Kolb, Vick showed he still had the legs to scare the bejesus out of a defense.His efforts to rally the Philadelphia Eagles from a 17-point deficit fell short because the Packers made just

    enough plays against his scattershot throwing and stopped him on a critical fourth-and-1 run in the games final minutes.With Kolb out with a concussion, Vick ran for 103 yards the most by any opposing quarterback in Packers

    history on a variety of scrambles, draws and straight runs; threw for 175 yards with a 101.9 passer rating on mostly short throws; and put up 17 points in the games final 20 minutes.The Packers won because they made a stop on Vick when they absolutely had to in the games final min-

    utes. On fourth-and-1 with 2 minutes left, Vick ran straight into the line out of the shotgun. The Packers were ready, and linebackers Clay Matthews, Nick Barnett and Brad Jones stuffed him for no gain, in effect ending the game because the Eagles were out of time outs.Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions, but also had a big 32-yard touchdown pass to receiver Greg

    Jennings. Backup halfbacks Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn combined for a respectable 69 yards rushing on 16 carries in the second half to control some clock and give the Packers the win.The Packers lost halfback Ryan Grant for the season with an ankle injury after hed carried only eight

    times.

    oPPosite:Running back Ryan Grant (25) is brought down by Eagles defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley (97), linebacker Akeem Jordan (56) and safety Quintin Mikell (27). evan siegle/Press-gazette

  • 8Right:Linebacker Clay Matthews sacks Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb sustained a concussion later in the game and was replaced by Michael Vick. evan siegle/Press-gazette

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    NEAR VICKTIMS

    Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews (52), Brad Jones (49) a

    nd Nick Barnett (56) converge on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mic

    hael Vick on a fourth-and-1 play near the

    end of the fourth quarter of Sundaysgame at Lincoln Financial Field in Ph

    iladelphia. Safety Nick Collins (36) isat left. Photos by Evan Siegle/Press

    -Gazette

    Defense stuffs QB on critical fourth-and-1to stop comeback

    BY PETE DOUGHERTYpdougher@greenbaypressgazette.co

    m

    PHILADELPHIA The Green Bay

    Packers almost lived a Michael Vick

    nightmare on Sunday.Vick still might not be the qu

    arter-

    back he was before going to prison in

    2007 for his role in a dog-fighting ring,

    but while playing in the secondhalf for

    injured Kevin Kolb, he showed he still

    has the legs to scare the bejesus out of

    a defense.His efforts to rally the Philad

    elphia

    Eagles from a 17-point deficitfell short

    because the Packers made just enough

    plays against his scattershot throwing

    and stopped him on a critical fourth-

    and-1 run in the games final minutes.

    But this game was a sign Vickstill is

    a formidable player who had the Pack-

    ers feeling pretty good after surviving

    the fourth quarter at hostileLincoln

    Financial Field on an opening day

    when they were nowhere near the of-

    fensive juggernaut they looked like at

    times in the preseason.

    Were short defensive linemen, we

    were playing against a verymobile

    quarterback. That was a tough, gutty

    performance by our footballteam, a

    relaxed and happy coach Mike

    McCarthy said after the game.

    It also was a different opponent than

    McCarthy expected to face. When the

    Packers began game planningfor this

    matchup in the offseaso