Pre-Super Bowl analysis from ABC7's Jim Rose

Super Bowl XLV

February 6, 2011 10:41:18 AM PST
Heading into Sunday's Super Bowl XLV contest between Green Bay and Pittsburgh, the NFC champion Packers are the favorite by 3.

Green Bay is the sixth seed facing a Steelers team that has a great defense and a pretty good offense, and won the AFC title over the jets.

The coaching edge, however, goes to Mike Tomlin who was the youngest head coach to win a title.

On offense, both teams offensive lines are about even with a slight edge to the Packers. At quarterback, I give the edge to Aaron Rodgers over Ben Roethlisberger.

Running back goes to the Steelers and former Illini star Rashard Mendenhall.

The Packers have the edge at wide receiver with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.

On defense, it's almost even. The Steelers have the hard-hitting Troy Polamalu at safety and James Harrison at linebacker. The Packers have last year's defensive MVP in Charles Woodson at cornerback, but Polamalu is this year's defensive MVP. Still, edge to Green Bay on defense.

Special teams on both teams is ?well -- nothing special to talk about.

This game comes down to whether or not Green Bay can protect Rodgers so he can pass because Aaron has been the hottest player during the playoffs.

For that reason, I see Green Bay winning 20 to 17 in a game that could come down to the final minute.