How did a team that was able to overcome so much, find themselves on the short end in the biggest stage? How did a club that was supposed to be loose, confident and ready for anything find themselves the ones that seemed to be playing in their first Super Bowl in over a decade?
Bottom line – the fault lies all over the place. Turnovers, penalties at bad times, missed plays, and some rather odd play calls all combined for a 31-25 loss to the now champion Green Bay Packers.
Here’s just a short list of the mistakes that all resulted in a loss that will be remembered for a long time.
1. Turnovers - The most obvious choice as to why Super Bowl XLV was lost, three turnovers, all resulting in Packers points, could easily be the biggest reason the Steelers lost Sunday. The first turnover was a Nick Collins pick on a play where the Steelers were looking for a big play, and it was returned 37 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0. The last turnover, a Rashard Mendenhall fumble, came with the team down 21-17 and sitting at the Packers 33. It killed the teams momentum when it was all theirs, and ended up being a Packer TD which made it 28-17 and put the Steelers in panic mode.
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