By Jeff Falconio
The formula for success for the 2010 Green Bay Packers wasn't always pretty but it sure was effective. Injuries nearly de-railed the season and in Super Bowl XLV injuries nearly de-railed the game. But we should've known that somewhere on the roster somebody is more than capable of filling in.
Aaron Rodgers has been tremendous but at times throughout the season he was not in synch with his receivers. The same was true in Super Bowl XLV. But we should've known that when Rodgers needs to come up with a big play he'll do it. Early in the game Jordy Nelson dropped a sure touchdown after getting behind the coverage. No problem, A-Rodg will go to you again and on the next possession Nelson hauled in the first score of the game. Then there was the eye-of-the-needle tracer he threw to Greg Jennings in the second quarter. Statistically this was not Rodgers's best game but it was effective and worthy of a champion.
All year the defense was bend-but-don't-break. So we've should've known that Pittsburgh would have the ball late with a chance to win. Was there any doubt how the script would play out? Unlike two years ago Ben Roethlisberger was unable to bring a storybook ending to the Steel City. Just like in the two victories over Chicago and the wild card win over Philadelphia, the defense saved the day.
We should've known the Packers had everything in place to be World Champions. And now they are.