Putting the Title Back in Titletown!

How do you put it in words? How do you put into words watching your favorite team climb to the top of the NFL mountain just three years after it passed the baton from one quarterback legend to a new one. The organization was blasted by many in 2008, but Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy believed in their plan and now the Vince Lombardi trophy is coming home to Titletown.

Aaron Rodgers' performance in the Super Bowl officially elevates him to elite status. Despite the utter lack of a running game and key drops by Jones and Nelson, Rodgers beat the best defense in the game with his arm, not his legs on this night: 24-39 for 304 yards and three TDs, with a passer rating of 111.5--his exact career average in dome games. At 27, Rodgers has won as many Super Bowls as Favre did in 16 seasons. Something tells me he's not done.

The first half was spectacular, a 21-3 lead, cut to 21-10 late after the Pack lost both Woodson and Shields to injury. Shields would return in the fourth quarter, but Woodson was lost with a broken collarbone. He was so emotional at halftime he could barely speak to the team. When I saw him come out in sweats to start in the second half, my heart sunk. How would this team respond without its defensive leader, along with another key corner. To top it off, Donald Driver was lost for the game with an ankle injury.

But wasn't this a microcosm of the whole season? Key injuries week after week, yet other guys stepped up when called upon. Who would have thought we'd be sweating out a final defensive drive, with Pat Lee and Jarrett Bush on the field?

In the end, it was fitting that the Pack's best defensive player in 2010 made the key play of the game. Clay Matthews' hit on Rashard Mendenhall, causing the fumble, completely flipping the momentum in the fourth quarter. The Pack took it down the field and scored on a TD pass to Jennings, giving them the breathing room they needed to hang on.

Many of you loyal readers believed Jordy Nelson would be the difference in this game and you were right. Nine catches for 140 yards--yes, he could have had a couple more, but looking at an offense that had no production at tight end, and very little at running back, they needed the WRs to step up and Nelson and Jennings did when it mattered most.

I feel very blessed to have been in the stands for the Pack's last two Super Bowl titles. On this night, I was among a sea of Packer fans. The high fives, the "Go Pack Go!" chants the hugs. There's nothing like it. And being with nephew Zach, his brothers Sam and Justin and sister Ellee, along with by brother and his wife Jodi--well it was a night we'll never forget.

Four Super Bowls, 13 NFL titles. The NFL's most storied franchise is back on top of the mountain. The Lombardi Trophy is coming home to Titletown. The Pack is back. Maybe the parade should start on Mike McCarthy Way.


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