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Super Bowl XLV Game in Focus: Offensive team Matchup

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They say that defense wins ballgames but it’s the offense that gets the headlines. That saying may hold true for the Super Bowl XLV matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Here is a comparison of both offenses heading into the big game.
Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback of the Green Bay Packers and has made the Packer faithful forget all about that Brett Favre character that played for the Packers in the past.
The Packers ranked ninth in total offense in the regular season and have the ability to put up big points against any defense in the league. The passing game is the highlight of this high-flying offense, but they are not afraid to put the ball on the ground.
In fact a rookie has risen to the occasion in the post season as running back James Starks put up 263 yards on 70 carries in his rookie season in the playoffs. The Packers offense can mix it up when they need to but, Rodgers has developed into a top tiered quarterback in the NFL and is the captain of one of the deadliest air attacks in the game. The Packers high-flying offense is the exact opposite to the offense that the Pittsburgh Steelers employ.
The Steelers main method of moving the ball is a bruising rushing game. The strength of the offense is the ground game that averaged a robust 120 yards per game in the regular season. That was good enough for an 11th place ranking overall in rushing offense. This helps open up the offense and the deep passing routes.
The main back is Rashard Mendenhall who is the go-to-guy out of the backfield and has put up some big numbers against some tough run stop units this season, most notably the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game. They can move the ball against top defenses on the road but they also boast an excellent quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger is surrounded by a steady core of veteran receivers like Hines Ward and Heath Miller that allow him to move the ball down the field. The coaching staff has faith in Roethlisberger to get the job done and they have no problem putting the game in his hands. He is hard to sack and a whiz at improvising when the pressure is on.
Both offenses are loaded with talent and can put up big points in the big game. It will be interesting to see how they perform on the biggest stage of them all.