Troy Polamalu and Steelers fall to Packers in Super Bowl XLV
Troy Polamalu was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year for 2010. Sunday evening, the Green Bay Packers found ways to score, even with Troy Polamalu on the field in Super Bowl XLV.
A season before, Charles Woodson was the league's top defender.
Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers was on target with his passes most of the night. His numbers, 24-of-39 for 304 yards and three touchdowns, would have been better had several passes not been dropped.
Despite losing Woodson to an injury right before halftime, the Green Bay defense bent, but did not break, in the second half.
But Rodgers forever ascended into the Packer pantheon with a clutch scoring drive that ate up the clock, extended the lead, and gave the Green Bay defense a rest before the final Pittsburgh push.