Here we are folks. It was a rough ride for Bears fans, seeing as our Division rival Packers will now play for Super Bowl XLV. To tell you the truth, Chicago has never looked so black and gold. As we, here at CBH, continue our playoff picks, featured columnist Darren Doxey (8-2) is the winner no matter what today's outcome. Congratulations, jerk! Managing editor Adam Oestmann (4-6) hopes to at least tie reader contestant Ryan Gravlee (5-5) with...dare I say it...a Packers win. Man, this could really be the worst Super Bowl Sunday of my life...
Super Bowl XLV
Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Despite my all around animosity toward the green and gold, the football fan in me loves this match-up. This game really comes down to the two team's similar 3-4 defenses; two of the best defenses in the National Football League this season. But despite that, many seem to think today could be a high scoring affair. The Packers will need to shut-down the Steelers' run game, and Aaron Rodgers will have to fair well vs. the Steelers blitz. Luckily for the Packers, Rodgers is one of the best QBs in the league against the blitz.
Similarly, the Steelers' offensive line will likely have trouble with the Packers' blitz. On the inside, the Steelers will have a backup center in Doug Legursky handling the Packers' B.J. Raji. Pittsburgh will need to be able to rely on Legursky in order to work their run game. But, Ben Roethlisberger has multiple - like five - very good targets he can throw to. For what it's worth, the Steelers also have the advantage of experience. They've been in this position, and they know exactly how to handle it.
Adam's pick: Packers
Darren's pick: Steelers
Ryan's pick: Steelers
So break out the pizza, brats, wings, and beer; Super Bowl Sunday is finally here!