Aggressive mindset leads Packers to championship

Aggressive mindset leads Packers to championship

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The children of Green Bay Packers' Nick Collins play in the confetti on the field after the Packers' 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Super Bowl XLV football gam Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Krupa)

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by Joe Trahan/WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 7 at 11:08 AM

He did what he had to do.  Facing the vaunted Steelers defense Packers head coach and play caller Mike McCarthy refused to back down.  And for his reward, he now owns the NFL's most coveted prize.

Playing it close to the vets wouldn't have worked.  That's what the Steelers want you to do.  That's what they're built for, but facing the league's best scoring defense, McCarthy refused to fall for the trap.

He used an aggressive play calling style to keep the ball in quarterback Aaron Rodgers hands, and Rodgers made just enough plays to become a champion.  McCarthy set the tone by exploiting the Steelers one defensive weakness - their cornerbacks.  Rodgers and Jordy Nelson worked the outside and hooked up for the game's first score.

One of the key plays in this game epitomized the Pack's aggressive mindset.  Up 11 and nearing the half, McCarthy went for the jugular.  Rodgers hit Greg Jennings over the middle by delivering the ball exactly where it had to be, inches away from Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark.  The Packers took an 18 point lead, and the Steelers simply couldn't recover.  Had the Packers been less aggressive, who knows how it would have turned out because Pittsburgh showed in the second half, they had the tool necessary to take over the game.

After the lead was down to four at 21-17, once again Rodgers took the reigns.  His second touchdown of the game to Jennings put the Pack up 11, and that drive again showed why Rodgers deserved to be the MVP.

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