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Bet on the NFLIt is hard to argue that two of the most exciting teams in the NFL made it to the Super Bowl this year. After all, if the Chicago Bears had come back from their loss to the Green Bay Packers, would anyone really have any doubts that the Steelers would crush them? But with a Steelers versus Packers Super Bowl XLV, fans of the game have an almost perfect matchup.

The Steelers come to the big game as six-time champions on the AFC side, while the Packers have their own record of success with three Super Bowl betting victories and more wins before there even was a game called the “Super” Bowl. In past decades, both teams have proven they can play under the most difficult of situations and still elevate their play to a championship level.

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Both teams have amazing quarterbacks and offensive squads, but the real test of a Super Bowl winner is its defense. And in this regard, both Green Bay and Pittsburgh outshine much of the rest of the NFL. The Packers have allowed just 15.0 points per game, which is second in the league, while the Steelers come in at number one, having allowed only 14.5 points per game. Defense has allowed both teams to make it this far, and will determine who will win the 2011 Super Bowl.

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As good as each of the team's quarterbacks have performed over the regular season and playoffs, neither have really played against such a similar powerhouse in terms of defensive strength. If one of the football teams' offenses can break through, we may end up with a high-scoring Super Bowl game. But if not, we may witness a war of attrition between two of the best teams playing in the NFL right now.

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In any event, there is no mismatch between the teams playing in the Super Bowl this year. It is highly unlikely that we will see a blowout one way or the other, barring some unforeseen freak occurrence. But as with most championship games, victory will rely on the higher performance of the defensive teams to stop the other quarterback's drive down the field.


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