Super Bowl XLV - Packers QB Aaron Rodgers MVP - Packers 31 Steelers 25
Super Bowl XLV - Aaron Rodgers MVP

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player. Rodgers, 25, completed 24-of-39 pass attempts for 304 yards for a passer rating of 111.5 in leading the Packers to their fourth Super Bowl championship.

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"He played great. We put everything on his shoulders. He did a lot at the line of scrimmage for us against a great defense. He did a hell of a job."
-- Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy on Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was voted the winner of the Pete Rozelle Trophy, awarded to the Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player.

The award is chosen by a panel comprised of 16 members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, selected members of the electronic broadcast media and interactively through the National Football League's official website, NFL.com.

Rodgers collected 17.5 votes of the possible 20 cast in the process, with Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson collecting two votes and Packers linebacker Clay Matthews garnering half a vote. More than 1.64 million fans voted for the award.

Rodgers completed 24-of-39 pass attempts for 304 yards for a passer rating of 111.5 in leading the Green Bay Packers to their fourth Super Bowl title. The Packers also won Super Bowl titles in Super Bowl I, Super Bowl II and Super Bowl XXXI.

Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers opened the scoring late in the first quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. Following kicker Mason Crosby's extra point, Green Bay led 7-0 with 3:44 remaining in the first quarter.

Later in the second quarter, Rodgers took advantage of an interception by Green Bay defensive back Jarrett Bush and promptly tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, a 21-yard strike to wide receiver Greg Jennings.

Rodgers finished the first half of play with 11 completions on 16 pass attempts for 137 yards, two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 134.6 as the Packers took a 21-10 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Rodgers completed 13-of-23 passes for 151 yards and another key touchdown pass to Jennings.

In a pivotal drive with the Packers holding a 28-25 lead, Rodgers marched the Packers 75 yards in 10 plays, completing four-of-five passes on the drive for 64 yards. The Packers took 5:27 in time of possession off the clock on their final scoring drive and widened their lead to 31-25 after Crosby's 23-yard field goal, which proved to be the final margin.

On being named MVP, Aaron Rodgers:

"It's a special honor to be one of the leaders of this football team. I've said it once and I'll say it again: no one person has ever won a game by themselves. This is a team effort and a great group of men. Special guys, and I'm just blessed to be one of the leaders on this team. Individually, it's the top of the mountain in my sport -- my profession. It's what you dream about as a kid and think about in high school, junior college, D-I: getting this opportunity and what would you do? I'm fortunate and blessed to play for a team that believes in us. At the same time, I wanted to make sure I was the most prepared guy on the field to have this type of performance."

Rodgers is the second consecutive quarterback to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honor, as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was voted the recipient in Super Bowl XLIV. The announcement of Rodgers' selection as Super Bowl XLV Most Valuable Player marked the 24th time that a quarterback has been named the winner of the award. He also became the first Packers' quarterback to win the honor since Bart Starr accomplished the feat in Super Bowl II. Starr was the first player to capture the Super Bowl MVP and is just one of four players to have won the MVP multiple times, later joined by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana (Super Bowls XVI and XXIV), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII). Rodgers became the 18th different quarterback to win the Pete Rozelle Trophy/Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award.

Rodgers also became the first Packer to win the Pete Rozelle / Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award since kick return/punt return specialist Desmond Howard (Super Bowl XXXI).

Super Bowl XLV Scoring Summary

Teams Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Source: NFL
Pittsburgh Steelers0107825
Green Bay Packers14701031

 

Super Bowl XLV Scoring Plays

Team Qtr Time Play Description (Extra Point) (Drive Info) Steelers Packers
Source: NFL
Packers 13:44J.Nelson 29 yd. pass from A.Rodgers (M.Crosby kick) (9-80, 4:33)07
Packers 13:20N.Collins 37 yd. interception return (M.Crosby kick)014
Steelers211:08S.Suisham 33 yd. Field Goal (13-49, 7:12)314
Packers 22:24G.Jennings 21 yd. pass from A.Rodgers (M.Crosby kick) (4-53, 2:04)321
Steelers20:39H.Ward 8 yd. pass from B.Roethlisberger (S.Suisham kick) (7-77, 1:45)1021
Steelers310:19R.Mendenhall 8 yd. run (S.Suisham kick) (5-50, 2:20)1721
Packers 411:57G.Jennings 8 yd. pass from A.Rodgers (M.Crosby kick) (8-55, 2:53)1728
Steelers47:34Wallace 25 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (A.Randle El run) (7-66, 4:23)2528
Packers 42:07M.Crosby 23 yd. Field Goal (10-70, 5:27)253

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