(On left: Pittsburgh Steelers fan; On right: Green Bay Packers fan (Left: Gene J. Puskar/Right: Doug Pensinger)
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-- relating to Super Bowl XLV.
this guide. STORIES: Mark Maske
are reporting from Texas this weekend. Our complete coverage:
Feb. 6, 2011:
From Packers hold off Steelers, 31-25, for fourth Super Bowl title Mark Maske: MVP Aaron Rodgers throws three touchdown passes as the Packers win their 13th NFL title overall and hand the Steelers only their second defeat in eight Super Bowl appearances.
From Rodgers cements a legacy of his own Mike Wise: With a chance to get out of Brett Favre's shadow once and for all, and with Ben Roethlisberger working his comeback magic yet again, the Packers QB seizes the moment.
From Packers' defense turns the tide with turnovers Rick Maese: Green Bay overcomes injuries with three game-changing plays that lead to 21 of its team's points.
From Super Bowl Sunday, minute by minute Norman Chad: Eight hours and five minutes in front of the TV with the Couch Slouch.
From TV review: Mangled 'Banner,' bland Peas and all those ads Hank Stuever: The telecast, the halftime show, the commercials and all else that makes up the annual American CAT scan called the Super Bowl.
Feb 5, 2011:
From Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has the monkey on his back Mike Wise: The monkey on the back of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is one Steve Young knows well. Only one way to get it off: Win on Sunday.
From Rick Maese: Jerry Jones is at the center of Super Bowl week, hosting parties and granting interviews around the clock. Unfortunately for him there is only one thing missing - his team. Cowboys' Jerry Jones is center of attention during Super Bowl week
From Ex-Redskin is among those elected to Hall of Fame Mark Maske: Former Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger is among seven players inducted into the NFL's Hall of Fame, including Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk.
Smarter Stats previews the big matchup
Feb 4, 2011:
From Super Bowl Sunday: For Vegas gambling 'sharps,' it's the year's busiest workday Dan Steinberg: For Rufus Peabody, the Super Bowl's mundane first touchdown or inconsequential final field goal won't decide whether he wins a $100 squares pool or treats his office-mates to pizza Monday afternoon. If the game goes well, Peabody's annual income could spike by tens of thousands of dollars. If things go poorly, his net worth could plummet.
From Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy splits loyalties of Pittsburgh home Barry Svrluga: "When people would ask you where you were from, instead of saying 'Pittsburgh,' you said, 'I'm from Greenfield,' " McCarthy said this week in Arlington, Tex., where he will coach the Packers against his hometown Steelers on Sunday evening. "There was such a pride, and it was such a tight-knit community. It's clearly a big part of who I am today."
Super Bowl live: Donald Driver will play; Packers like 'Hoosiers'
Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin offered an ever-so-slight update on the condition of center Maurkice Pouncey in his final and very brief formal press conference before Super Bowl XLV. Super Bowl live: Mike Tomlin says Maurkice Pouncey decision will come after practice
WATCH: Green Bay-bies may win battle with Pittsburgh newborns.
From anthems to commercials to, well, the infamous 'nip slip,' Celebritology wants to know which moments stuck with you. (For the record, they think Prince had the best halftime show.) What were the best moments from Super Bowl Sundays past? Feb. 3, 2011:
Mark Maske is reporting from Dallas. Click Goodell, Smith set to kick off NFL labor negotiations ahead of Super Bowl here for more.
Myth #1: The game wasn't called the "Super Bowl" until 1969. (It was actually 1967.) Five myths about the Super Bowl.
The latest: Michael Vick Take a look at Early Lead's Super Bowl XLV coverage. won't attend his Friday night party in Dallas. Also check out live blogging from this morning's Green Bay Packers availability.
Is it time to do away with Roman Numerals? Tracee Hamilton thinks so. "We've been putting up with this nonsense for XLIV years."
Read Rick Maese's story on Mike Tomlin. This weekend, the Pittsburgh Steelers' 38-year-old head coach will try to become the 13th coach in NFL history to win at least two Super Bowl rings.
The latest from Mark Maske: Walt Anderson was Want breaking NFL news as it happens? appointed the referee for the Super Bowl. Feb 2, 2011:
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $100,000 this season, sparking an enduring conflict between his team and the league over how the rules were enforced. Super Bowl: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison stays in the spotlight for his hard hits
Earlier this week:
Super Bowl: Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers look to add to their legacies
Super Bowl XLV: Troy Polamalu and Clay Matthews, long hair will be on display
NFL faces uncertain offseason as labor strife complicates trades, free agency
Ben Roethlisberger's redemption on the field doesn't mean he's a changed person off it FESTIVITIES:
Where to watch the game, what to eat, how to speak.
(If you're looking to heckle others in person, Find a spot to watch the game in D.C. Hawk and Dove and The Pour House are side-by-side and will host Packers and Steelers fans, respectively.)
This year's Find a recipe. Super Bowl Smackdown was about eating healthy. You can view healthy recipes here, and, well, the rest of us will check out guac, chili and wings options.
Whether you're rooting for 'The Pack' or the 'Stillers,' one thing is clear: this might end up being the most confounding Super Bowl matchup ever, linguistically speaking. Bone up on your Super Bowl speak. CHATTER:
Sound off on your picks for Sunday with our reporters.
Chat about the big game Friday at 9:30 a.m. with Tracee Hamilton and Mark Maske, or with Rick Maese Friday at noon. Take your pick.
Which team will leave Texas as champions? The League is hosting a panel, and here's the poll. COMMERCIALS:
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