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Super Bowl XLV: Returning the Lombardi Trophy To Titletown, U.S.A.

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Aaron Rodgers #12 and Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers of the Green Bay Packers holds the Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Mike RCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2011

The popular thing to do here in Minneapolis (much to my dismay as a fan of the green and gold) is to discredit the Packers' triumphs. Whether it's a regular-season victory over a non-conference nemesis, division foe, or, worst of all, the (in fair weather) beloved Vikings, the song remains the same.

Today, Vikings fans (for the most part), as well as the rest of the country, couldn't do much but pay homage to the clinic put on by Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers last night.

After clinching the 13th title to add to Green Bay's mantle last night, Aaron Rodgers earned Super Bowl XLV MVP honors. He became the third quarterback in Super Bowl history to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the biggest game, on the biggest stage on earth.

Unlike the Black Eyed Peas, Rodgers delivered in the clutch (side note—doesn't Jerry World have a working sound system? One would think $1 billion would provide for a microphone that doesn't cut out constantly).

One thing I took away from the passing clinic put on by Rodgers was the guy burnt by Jennings not once, but twice—the defensive MVP of the League, Troy Polamalu. He's a class act. After the game, he (undeservedly) took the blame for the Steel Curtain's collapse.

However, it was funny to see Rodgers not only give the vote of confidence to his receiving corps (after continually dropping passes on the hands), but also giving props to the second-place snub in the running for said defensive MVP of the league, his teammate Clay Matthews.

Here's another point: the Packers are the best team in the NFL in 2010-11's season. They took on the best the NFC had to offer and beat them, on the road—seeds Nos. 3, 1 and 2, in that order.

Then Green Bay took on, and methodically beat, the six-time Super Bowl champion Steelers, the second seed in the AFC and the team that beat the team that beat the No. 1 seeded Patriots in New England.

Rivals can dispute all they want—it's what makes the NFL and its fans so great—but one thing that can't be disputed is the fact that Green Bay is Titletown, and it beat the best the league had to offer an NFL best 13 times in the franchise's storied history. GO PACK GO!

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