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Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy

The author of The Complete Idiot's Guide To Football with Joe Theismann and the creator of the NFL humor prediction website

Let's try overtime


Super Bowl XLV is a museum piece of a football game. The Green Back Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers bring nine Lombardi trophies into the game. And in case we forget, the guy the trophy is named after had some sort of historical affiliation with one of the teams.

But as the cliché goes, you don't play the game in a museum... or on paper. Instead, it will be played in Dallas, home of America's 6-Win Team. And while either of the participants in Super Bowl XLV qualify to be called "America's Team"," both would rather be called "champion."

As I pondered what's gonna happen in Super Bowl XLV, it became clear to me that America deserves a great football game. So that's the first thing. Expect one for the ages. By the time the Lombardi Trophy is awarded and I am into my ninth bowl of chili, I expect to turn to my friends and declare, "I am satiated."

The teams are evenly matched. Both quarterbacks are excellent in very different ways. Aaron Rodgers is a classic gunslinger with a deadly accurate arm. Ben Roethlisberger is about the size of Mean Joe Greene, and he plays with a lineman's ferocity. Plus he is incredibly opportunistic.

Both defenses are also opportunistic, and nasty. An early Troy Polamulu interception wouldn't surprise me. And Roethlisberger will have his own problem with long-haired defenders.

The Packers will probably be leading by halftime. But it will be so close that I imagine, in a sports bar in heaven, Curly Lambeau and Art Rooney nearing fisticuffs and the only thing to stop it is when Paul Brown tells a joke about the Dallas Cowboys 2010 season. Or when the commercials come on. FOX is sure to have a new show promoted incessantly as the next best thing.

While defense should rule the first half, it could be be even more difficult to score in the second half. The Steelers can get one score to tie it up. But everything about the game, including the historic nature of the franchises, points to one conclusion: it's time to test the new overtime rules.

I see the game tied at 17 at the end of four quarters.

The Steelers are going to get the ball first in overtime. They will drive the field but Roethlisberger will not be able to get the ball in for a score. The Steelers will kick a field goal, in a decision that will be talked about forever. New rules say that Aaron Rodgers will get one more chance to drive down the field and get his team six points. I think that's exactly what's gonna happen.

The Packers win 23-20 in overtime.

By Brian Tarcy  |  February 2, 2011; 9:39 AM ET  | Category:  Green Bay Packers , Overtime , Pittsburgh Steelers , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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