"Wow! It's a great day to be great, baby," said Greg Jennings, who caught two of Rodgers' three touchdown passes.
About an hour after the game, Roethlisberger was dressed in a suit heading down a hallway on his way out of the building. He came within a few feet of Rodgers, who was still wearing his new championship T-shirt and cap, surrounded by reporters and others hanging on every word from the new star.
Already considered an up-and-comer, Rodgers broke through with two late-season victories just to make the playoffs as a wild card, then guided Green Bay to wins at Philadelphia, Atlanta and archrival Chicago.
Facing a Pittsburgh team that gave up the fewest points in the league this season, Rodgers threw for 304 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown to Nelson, who had nine catches for 140 yards to make up for three big drops. Rodgers found Jennings, normally his favorite target, for scores of 21 and 8 yards. Veteran standout Donald Driver was lost to an ankle injury in the first half.
The Packers upped their record of NFL titles to 13, nine before the Super Bowl era. The Steelers still own the most Super Bowl rings — six in eight tries.
The game capped an interesting week in Dallas for the teams and fans alike.
Snow and ice caused traffic snarls, canceled flights and injuries to several people when it fell from the roof of the stadium. Sunny skies and milder temperatures returned Sunday, but issues arose with seats at the game. In all, 1,250 fans with tickets needed to be re-seated or put elsewhere because temporary seats were not ready in time for kickoff.
As that was being settled, Christina Aguilera botched the lyrics to the national anthem. At least the Packers and Steelers put on a terrific show after that.
"Obviously throughout childhood, you dream of having the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. And being afforded this opportunity to fulfill it, it speaks volumes not only about this organization but about the guys that made up this team this year," Jennings said. "We were able to overcome a lot of adversity, even throughout this game, and we got it done."
Rosenthal: Sometimes the Super Bowl isn’t won on the big touchdown pass. Sometimes it’s won on a third-and-10 in your own territory, with your defense falling apart, your lineman struggling to hold up, and your receivers dropping passes. And Aaron Rodgers did just that.
PFT: Aaron Rodgers tells a sold-out crowd of 56,000 fans in freezing weather that Green Bay will repeat.
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