ARLINGTON, Texas — As the Packers celebrated their Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers, teammates crowded around QB Aaron Rodgers and lifted him up. It seemed appropriate, since he carried the offense throughout the game Sunday and for much of the season.
"That wasn't my idea, but that's a special tribute there," said Rodgers, who completed 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.
In his first Super Bowl appearance, Rodgers was voted MVP of the game. He received 17½ of the 20 votes cast in the process. The MVP is selected by a panel of 16 members from the Pro Football Writers of America, members of the electronic broadcast media and 1.65 million fans who voted online.
Rodgers didn't get much help from the running game, was sacked three times, got hit five other times and lost one of his top receivers, Donald Driver, to an ankle injury early in the game. He also had several well-thrown passes dropped by receivers, but Rodgers overcame it all and led Green Bay to a 31-25 win.
"I thought (his performance) was unbelievable," said RB John Kuhn. "Aaron came out there and he was pressured. (The Steelers) got a great defense over there, but he was unflappable. He stayed in the pocket and made some incredible throws, tight down the middle of the field, and he deserves to be the MVP."
Rodgers became only the third quarterback to pass for more than 300 yards and three TDs without throwing a pick in a Super Bowl. He joined Bart Starr as the only Packers quarterbacks to be selected as Super Bowl MVPs. Starr won the award in Super Bowls I and II.
"(Aaron) is the type of guy you have to have on your team," Driver said. "A lot of people probably didn't think he was going to come out and play that way, but when the lights come on, Aaron plays great.
"He shook up the world."
WR Jordy Nelson, who made nine catches for 140 yards and a TD, collected 2½ votes for the MVP award, and OLB Clay Matthews received half of a vote. Matthews made three tackles and forced a fumble.