The two entrants in next month's Super Bowl became known on Sunday.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers ran for a touchdown and made a saving tackle on an interception return, defensive lineman B. J. Raji intercepted a pass 18 yards for what turned out to be the game-winning score, and defensive back Sam Shields came up with two interceptions of his own as the Green Bay Packers held off the Chicago Bears 21-14 to win the National Football Conference championship. The Packers will be playing in their fifth Super Bowl (their first in thirteen years). Green Bay had won on three of their four previous tries.
The Pittsburgh Steelers scored two touchdowns in a span of 47 seconds in the second quarter (a Ben Roethlisberger 2-yard run for a score followed by a 19-yard fumble recovery for a score by William Gay) and then held on for a 24-19 win over the New York Jets in the American Football Conference title game. The Steelers will be playing in their eighth Super Bowl (tying the record set by the Dallas Cowboys) and have won an NFL record six Super Bowl titles in their previous seven attempts.
Super Bowl XLV will take place on Sunday, February 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 PM Pacific Standard Time. The contest will be carried on the Fox Television Network.