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With all the hype about the new Texas stadium, and how big and grand and fabulous it was, the fact that 400 ticket holders were turned away at the last minute somehow got lost in the story. In case you haven’t heard, 400 people who purchased genuine Super Bowl tickets, were not able to sit in them because “a temporary seating structure wasn’t approved by a fire marshal” in time before the game.
You mean to tell me that Jerry Jones, who knew for how long that he was going to host the Super Bowl in his big shiny new stadium, couldn’t take time out of showing it off beforehand to every media outlet and its mother to let in an inspector? Give me a break. This was a major screw up.
The NFL, in an even more gauche move, tweeted out that they will be giving these fans $2,400, or triple what their $800 tickets cost as well as free tickets to next year’s Super Bowl.
Incredibly tacky to tweet this out to the world as if the NFL were the good guys. Think about this for a minute. You’re a Green Bay Packers fan. You fork out the big bucks to see your team in the Super Bowl, which it hasn’t been in for 12 years. You fight the blizzards that ripped through the area for the memory of being there to cheer on your team, and the NFL tells you, “Sorry. But a Super Bowl is a Super Bowl, right? Go to next years.”
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Super Bowl XLV tied for the highest watched NFL championship game in history with Bowl XXI and for good reason: This was a great matchup. With all the talk of re-seeding and skunky teams in the playoffs, this game proved the right teams rise to the top and play to win. Here are three of the key moments that made this game great.
Packers Veterans Injured
Both the offensive and defensive hearts of the Green Bay Packers team, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson, both suffered injuries that sent them to the sidelines. This could have been a disaster. It could have meant the game was now The Steelers to lose. But I echo what I said in my Super Bowl prediction, the Packers have had key injuries all year and the backups stepped up. It happened again Sunday, and rather than have it be a disaster, it might have given the Packers that much more to play for.
Steelers Commit Three Rare Turnovers
It wasn’t just the fact that The Steelers coughed the ball up, it was the fact that the Packers capitalized each time by turning them into points. This was key because those types of moments with a team like the Steelers are very rare. Had they not made turnovers, the game would have been a lot closer and might even have a different outcome.
Clay Matthews Makes Key Fumble
A lot of hype was made about Clay Matthews and Troy Polamalu coming into the game, but both names weren’t called as frequently as they had been during the regular season. One reason for that was that Matthews was charged with a different play strategy, that of closely shadowing the movements of Ben Roethlisberger. But as the fourth quarter started, Packers linebackers coach told Matthews, “It’s time.” Matthews took that instruction and created a fumble by knocking the ball loose from Rashard Mendenhall. That fumble was recovered by Desmond Bishop, which then ended the game and gave the Packers the win.
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