A late Steelers first-half touchdown drive might have kept Super Bowl XLV from becoming a rout, after Ben Roethlisberger interceptions put 14 points on the board for the Packers, one on a pick-six by safety Nick Collins. Green Bay leads 21-10 at halftime, a bigger deficit than any winning SB team has ever erased.
The Packers went up 7-0 on a perfect 29-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson, who earlier had whiffed on a long catch. On the Steelers' first play after the kickoff, Roethlisberger was hit as he threwby nose tackle Howard Green and lofted a balloon that Collins tracked all the way, then took down the right sideline to the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
The Steelers got good field position from an excessive celebration penalty on Collins and managed a field goal that made it 14-3. But on their next possession, second and 11 from the Packers' 49, safety Jarrett Bush outwrestled Mike Wallace for a pass over the middle and Rodgers was in business again.
It took him four plays to fire a strike to Greg Jennings in traffic over the middle, Troy Polamalu unloading on Jennings too late. It was 21-3.
Roethlisberger, desperately needing a prehalftime touchdown, went three times to a familiar target, Hines Ward, for 14 yards, then for 17, and finally, as Big Ben brushed away B.J. Raji, 8 yards for the TD.
Rodgers left the field to the Black Eyed Peas having completed 11 of 16 passes for 137 yards, 2 TDs and a 134.6 passer rating. Nelson had 4 first-half catches for 63 yards.
Roethlisberger was 13 for 21 for 143 yards, the one TD and the two picks, 58.3 rating.