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By PFW staff

Here's a roundup of interesting facts and figures for Super Bowl XLV, focusing on statistical comparisons:

PITTSBURGH VS. GREEN BAY

Steelers' Offense Key To Game:
Will Steelers much-maligned offensive line be able to protect Ben Roethlisberger from Packers' No. 3-rated pass rush?

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's stats:
Playoffs: 56.9%, 359 yards, 7.0 avg., 2 TDs, 2 INTs, 8 sacks/46 yards, 75.5 rtg. and 18-32, 1.9 avg., 1 TD rushing.
Regular season: 61.7%, 3,200 yards, 8.2 avg., 17 TDs, 5 INTs, 32 sacks/220 yards, 97.0 rtg. and 34-176, 5.2 avg., 2 TDs.

Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall's stats:
Playoffs: 47-167, 3.6 avg., 3 TDs rushing and 3-45, 15.0 avg. receiving.
Regular season: 324-1,273 yards, 3.9, 13 TDs rushing and 23-167, 7.3 avg. receiving.

Steelers WR Mike Wallace's stats:
Playoffs: 4-26, 6.5 avg., 20 long.
Regular season: 60-1,257, 21.0 avg., 10 TDs.

Packers NT B.J. Raji's stats:
Playoffs: 5 tackles, 1 QB sack, 2 PD, 1 INTs - 18 yards, 1 TD.
Regular season: 39 tackles, 6½ QB sacks, 3 PD.

Packers OLB Clay Matthews' stats:
Playoffs: 13 tackles, 3½ QB sacks, 1 FR
Regular season: 60 tackles, 13 ½ QB sacks, 4 PD, 1 INT/62 yards, 1 TD, 2 FF.

Packers CB Charles Woodson's stats:
Playoffs: 15 tackles, 1 QB sack.
Regular season: 92 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 13 PD, 2 INTs/48 yards, 1 TD, 5 FF.

 

                                   Pitt. Off.                      G.B. Def.

Total Off./Def.        345.3                      309.1              

Rushing Avg.          120.3                      114.9

Passing Avg.           225.1                     194.2

3rd Down Effic.          43.1%                    36.2%

Points/Allowed          23.9                       15.3

TO/TA                             18 TOs                   32 TAs

 

Other tidbits:
GB 9th OFF; PIT 2nd DEF
GB 24th RUN; PIT 1st VS RUN
GB 5th PASS; PIT 12th VS PASS
GB 10th PTS; PIT 1st PTS ALLOWED
PIT 14th OFF; GB 5th DEF
PIT 11th RUN; GB 18th VS RUN
PIT 14th PASS; GB 5th VS PASS
PIT 12th PTS; GB 2nd PTS ALLOWED
PIT 2nd TO/TA; 4th TO/TA
LAST MEETING BEN ROETHLISBERGER THREW TEAM-RECORD 503 YARDS IN 37-36 WIN VS ON 12/20/09.
GB 18 - 14 ALL-TIME VS PIT.
PIT HAS WON 7 OF 9 VS GB.
GB IS 1st 6 SEED IN NFC HISTORY TO REACH SUPER BOWL.
PIT AIMING FOR RECORD 7th SUPER BOWL TITLE; GB VYING FOR 4th.
GB HAS WON 12 NFL TITLES, INCLUDING 3 SUPER BOWLS.
GB RANKED IN  TOP 10 YD'S GAINED PER GAME EACH OF LAST 5 SEASONS.
PIT PASSED 55.4 % OF TIME IN ROETHLISBERGER'S 12 REG SEASON STARTS.
GB HAS ALLOWED JUST 3.6 YPC PLAYOFFS, ALLOWED 4.7 YPC REG SEA.
AARON RODGERS 111.5 QB RATING INDOORS SINCE '08, BEST IN NFL.
RODGERS THREW FOR 383 YARDS, 3 TD'S AT PIT IN 2009.
TROY POLAMALU MISSED LAST MEETING WITH GB WITH INJURY.
PIT ALLOWED NFL - LOW 22 TD'S THIS SEASON; GB 2nd-FEWEST TDS (24).
PIT SURRENDERED JUST 16 TD'S IN 40 OPPONENT RED - ZONE TRIPS REG SEA, GB ALLOWED 15 TD'S IN NFL LOW 31 OPP RED-ZONE TRIPS.
GB DOWNED 5 OF TIM MASTHAY'S PUNTS INSIDE 20 IN NFC TITLE GAME.
RODGERS RUSHED 7-39 YD'S VS CHI IN NFC TITLE GAME.
RASHARD MENDENHALL 27-121, 1 TD IN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
MIKE WALLACE HAS CAUGHT JUST 4-26 YARDS IN 2 POSTEASON GAMES.
INCLUDING PLAYOFFS ROETHLISBERGER SACKED 3 TIMES OR MORE 9 TIMES THIS SEASON.
JAMES STARKS 70-263 YARDS, 1 TD POSTSEASON, JUST 29-101, 0 TD REG. SEASON.
MATTHEWS 3½ SACKS POSTSEASON, AT LEAST ½ SACK ALL 3 GAMES.
JAMES HARRISON, LAMARR WOODLEY COMBINED 5 OF PIT'S 7 PO SACKS.

Packers' Offense Key to Game:
Can James Starks and Pack ground game do enough against NFL's top-rated run "D" to keep Steelers' pass rush honest?

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers' stats:
Playoffs: 71.0%, 790 yards, 8.5 avg., 6 TDs, 5 INTs, 5 sacks/37 yards, 109.2 rtg. and 12-56, 4.7 avg., 2 TDs rushing.
Regular season: 65.7%, 3,922 yards, 8.3 avg., 28 TDs, 11 INTs, 31 sacks/193 yards, 101.2 rtg. and 64-356, 5.6 avg., 4 TDs.

Packers WR Greg Jennnings' stats:
Playoffs: 17-239, 14.1 avg.
Regular season: 76-1,265, 16.6 avg., 12 TDs.

Packers WR Donald Driver's stats:
Playoffs: 12-141, 11.8 avg.
Regular season: 51-565, 11.1 avg., 4 TDs.

Steelers OLB LaMarr Woodley's stats:
Playoffs: 7 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 1 PD, 1 FR.
Regular season: 50 tackles, 10 QB sacks, 5 PD, 2 INTs/22 yards, 1 TD, 3 FF, 2 FR.

Steelers OLB James Harrison's stats:
Playoffs: 14 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 PD.
Regular season: 100 tackles, 10½ QB sacks, 5 PD, 2 INTs/2 yards, 6 FF, 1 FR.

Steelers SS Troy Polamalu's stats:
Playoffs: 7 tackles.
Regular season: 63 tackles, 1 QB sack, 11 PD, 7 INTs/101 yards, 1 TD, 1 FF, 1 FR.

 

                                 G.B. Off.         Pitt. Def.

Total Off./Def.     358.1            276.8              

Rushing Avg.       100.4              62.8

Passing Avg.        257.8            214.1

3rd Down Effic.       41.5%           33.5%

Points/Allowed       25.2              15.3

TO/TA                  22 TOs           35 TAs

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