Super Bowl Frenzy: 45 Ways To Win Super Bowl XLV, Ways XXI-XXIV

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MILWAUKEE - With the 45th edition of the biggest sporting event in the world - well, America at least, and the Green Bay Packers playing in it for the first time in 13 seasons, it's a reality that most people connected to this organization - and almost everyone on the team - have never played in this game.

So perhaps some tips are in order to help the team.

Archive: 45 Ways To Win Super Bowl XLV
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V through VIII
IX through XII
XIII through XVI
XVII through XX
Today, and every day from Monday, Jan. 31 until kickoff of Super Bowl XLV, we'll give you part of our list of 45 ways for the Packers to win the biggest of big games.

XXI: Milk every moment of the flight, the arrival, etc.

When was the last time the Packers won a Super Bowl?

January of 1997, three years ago.

This type of thing doesn't happen often, folks, especially in the era of parody in the National Football League.

Additionally, with the collective bargaining agreement about to expire, who says we'll even have a 2011 season?

If with that, could the next labor agreement have a removal of a salary cap?  Green Bay, and its small market-ness and non-profit organizational profile, would really bite the bullet in terms of football competitiveness.

You'd better milk this opportunity.  Soak in every memory.  You may not get another chance.

XXII: Prepare the way you've prepared before, and find out how to do it in a different city.

This is the only week all year where you spend the whole week on the road.  It is different than any other situation.

However, you have a game - the biggest game of your life - to prepare for, with practices Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a Saturday walkthrough.

Do everything you can to keep your normal routine.

If you watch film at 6:00 a.m. when you wake up, do that.

If you eat dinner at 6:30 p.m. before a nighttime meeting, do that.

If you have a quiet date with your wife at 8:00 p.m., do that.

But there's a way to keep things normal.  Take advantage of it.

XXIII: Know the John Candy lesson, ARod.

Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback who played in California teaches a great lesson in the kind of pressure situation you could see in the last minutes of the Super Bowl.

Joe Montana, in Super Bowl XXIII, had to deliver his team 92 yards in the final minutes to beat Cincinnati.

As his teammates were feeling the pressure and showing it in their vocal intensity, Montana interrupted them.

He had all the guys look into the other end zone, pointed at a well-known actor, and said, "Hey!  There's John Candy!"

In other words, he was so loose and confident that he could exude it with a funny observation.

That's the kind of thing your teammates will look for in you, Aaron Rodgers, if the Packers have to go 80 yards or so to win Super Bowl XLV.

Be calm.  Be strong, solid.  Show the confidence that you're about to win the biggest game in your sport.

XXIV: Possession doesn't have to be 9/10ths of the law when you can go quick strike.

The Packers have one of the most explosive offenses in football.  They can score from anywhere at anytime.

Especially against a blitzing team, where QB Aaron Rodgers' quarterback rating improves when the blitz comes.

Pittsburgh loves to run the ball.  That means meat-grinding drives.

They can win time of possession drives.  You don't have to in order to win.

You can own the scoreboard while they own the time of possession stat.

The scoreboard counts more.