Here are PackersNews.com reporters' picks for Sunday's Super Bowl XLV between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pete Dougherty (13-6)
Packers 27, Steelers 24
So much is even in this matchup ó two top young quarterbacks, the two best scoring defenses in the NFL. Anything, little or big, could be the difference. In the end, it could be the venue, an indoor stadium and FieldTurf playing surface. The Packers are ready-made for a dome and have the younger, faster team with players such as Greg Jennings, Nick Collins, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and Aaron Rodgers. That could be enough to swing the title their way.
Rob Demovsky (13-6)
Packers 30, Steelers 24
Maybe Iím discounting big-game experience too much, but itís just football. All that other Super Bowl hype is just gobbledygook once the game begins. If the Packers can keep Rashard Mendenhall under control, it will free up Dom Capers to bring pressure. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers and his receivers should be able to cut up the Steelersí secondary.
Kareem Copeland (11-8)
Packers 24, Steelers 20
Whichever offensive line plays better will win. And the Steelers have lost their superstar center Maurkice Pouncey. That position has the most responsibility on the offensive line as far as blocking calls and his replacement Doug Legursky has four starts at guard and none at center. If the Packersí offensive line can contain linebackers LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison, Aaron Rodgers will pick apart the Steelersí defensive backfield.
Mike Vandermause (10-9)
Packers 20, Steelers 17
For the first time in history, the Super Bowl winner will be determined in overtime. These teams are so evenly matched, and this game will be so tightly contested, that it only will be fitting that it takes extra time for a champion to emerge. A flip of the proverbial coin gives the edge to the Packers, with Mason Crosby booting the game-winner from 40 yards out.
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