|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLSuper Bowl XLV, to be played on February 6, 2011, is going to be a historic occasion. Both of the teams playing in the game, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, have a history of success both in making it to the big game, as well as winning titles. This history will, of course, play into every sports fan's decision when evaluating which team to bet on.
Despite early favoring in the odds, the Green Bay Packers have not had the longer history of success in the Super Bowl. The Steelers, in fact, have won more Super Bowls than any other team in history, racking up six titles in total. It is the Packers who have more to prove this year, not having won a Super Bowl in over a decade. The last time they won was in 1997.
However, the Green Bay team counts numerous titles since even before there was a game called the “Super” Bowl. Packers fans consider their team to have won twelve titles, including both of the first two Super Bowl games played in 1967 and 1968. The trophy awarded to the winner of the game each year is actually named after legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi.
But while the Packers may have more to prove this particular year, it is the Pittsburgh Steelers who have had far more playoff success in recent year. This is the third time in the past six years that the Steelers have made it to the Super Bowl. The team's most recent showing was in 2009, a game it won against the Arizona Cardinals.
Recent Super Bowl history is also full of excitement for gambling fans. Currently, the Super Bowl odds state that the Packers are 2 ½ point favorites to beat the Steelers. But six out of the last ten big games have been decided by one touchdown or less. In fact, this year's Super Bowl, if it is anything like ones recently played, may not even be decided until the final minutes or seconds.
A final interesting note about the Packers, however, is that they have not won a game in Dallas since 1989. The team has lost its past nine games in Dallas against the Cowboys in the old Texas Stadium. Will they be able to do any better in a new arena against a different team which has had more recent success winning Super Bowl games?