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Green Bay wins VFL Super Bowl I over San Diego 42-38

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  1. thoov08

    thoov08 Walk On

    Oct 24, 2010

    Green Bay Packers win VFL Super Bowl I

    The Green Bay Packers became champions with their win over the San Diego Chargers in the Super Bowl. The Packers' fourth quarter comeback in this game will go down in league history.

    The Pete Rozelle Trophy for the game's MVP goes to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had big pass play after big pass play to finish with 17 completions on 28 attempts for 434 yards with four touchdown passes. Had the Chargers held off the Packers and won the game, MVP honors likely would have gone to tight end Antonio Gates whose five receptions went for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

    The Chargers received the opening kickoff and Rivers wasted no time in using Gates' deep threat abilities. Gates caught and ran in a 47 yard grab to give the Chargers a quick lead. The Packers would answer right back on just their second offensive play. Rodgers, like Rivers, found his tight end Jermichael Finley for a long touchdown pass of his own. Finley caught the ball about 20 yards downfield but had enough space to take it to the house for a 74 yard touchdown. San Diego got the ball back and Rivers would make one of his few mistakes on the day. Rivers forced a pass in coverage that was caught by Packer DB Sam Shields and returned 61 yards for a huge pick-six to give Green Bay a 14-7 lead that they would take to the second quarter.

    The story of the second and third quarters was the unstoppable offense of the Chargers. Steady runs by Ryan Mathews opened up huge passing opportunities from Rivers. Rivers would add touchdown passes to Mathews, Gates, and Williams during these two quarters. Rodgers would answer with long touchdown passes of his own to Randall Cobb and Donald Driver, but Green Bay found themselves trailing 38-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

    Green Bay began a drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter by incorporating more runs into their system. James Starks, who started the game in place of the injured Cedric Benson, was not effective in the ground game. Rodgers however was able to save his team in tough spots converting two big third down conversions to keep the drive alive. After reaching the San Diego eight yard line, Rodgers found a wide open Jermichael Finley in the back of the endzone due to a San Diego blitz for his second touchdown reception of the game.

    Down 38-35, the Packers defense would need to stop Rivers and get the ball back to take the lead. After being torched all game long, the defense would step up and force a three and out to get the ball back to Rodgers. A few short passes led to some big gains for Donald Driver and James Starks as the Chargers' tacklers struggled to take down either on big receptions. Driver's long catch and run led the Packers offense just five yards outside of the endzone. On first down Starks' run up the middle was stopped at the line of scrimmage. With nearly all of his attempts earlier in the game being runs to the inside, Starks swung out wide on second down for a pitch and ran all the way to the corner of the endzone. Starks would cut inside the pylon just before running out of bounds with 2:07 left in the game to give Green Bay a 42-38 lead.

    Needing a touchdown, Rivers and his offense got the ball back. After incompletions to covered receivers on first and second down, Eddie Royal's slant route on third down broke free over the middle. Rivers' pass to Royal was on the mark but the receiver started to run upfield before hauling in the ball and dropped a wide open first down reception. This drop would go on to haunt San Diego as Rivers' next pass was forced into coverage and intercepted by safety Morgan Burnett to seal the Packers' victory.

    Great game LLCoolGrey!
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  2. LLCoolGrey

    LLCoolGrey Walk On

    Oct 11, 2012
    GG Man! And congrats...ill be back someday lol
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