ARLINGTON, Texas — It probably couldn’t have ended any other way for these Green Bay Packers.
With the fast start, the wave of injuries, the resilience, and somehow hanging on through the game’s darkest moments. It was all so familiar, and so fitting. Just as the story of their regular season went, so too did their Super Bowl. And when it was over, there they were, still standing, still breathing and somehow having persevered once again, all the way to the big confetti shower at midfield.
And not one single Packer seemed to miss the symmetry.
“The Super Bowl was the way our whole season was in one win,” Green Bay linebacker Desmond Bishop said. “Ups, downs, roller coaster rides, people getting hurt, and a momentum swing. We showed resilience again. We just kept fighting, and stayed as one.”
The Packers didn’t do much the easy way this season. For a team that never trailed by more than seven points in any game, it still seemed like one long, uphill climb. But look where it led. To the mountaintop experience in the NFL.
Green Bay’s 31-25 win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV will never be remembered as one of the classics in this now 45-game series. There were too many dropped passes, too many turnovers by the Steelers and too many moments when neither team seemed to want to make the game its own.