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Steelers Embrace Super Bowl Hoopla, Packers Stick With Pregame Routine

The Green Bay Packers stuck to typical pregame preparation before today’s Super Bowl, while the Pittsburgh Steelers broke with routine by inviting family members to watch their final practice and changing hotels.

“Nothing else was normal,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after yesterday’s practice at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. “But there’s not a lot about this week that is, so we’re not going to fight against it.”

The two teams meet at 6:30 p.m. New York time today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in the National Football League’s championship game. The Packers, winners of 12 NFL titles, were 2 1/2-point favorites over the Steelers, who have won six.

After the Steelers’ final practice, children scampered around the practice field while players and their families posed for photos.

“Their love and support is the reason why these men are here,” Tomlin said. “But also we use them to a degree because we had to get some work done today and nothing outside of the white lines was normal, but let’s face it, nothing tomorrow night outside the white lines is going to be normal.”

Tomlin also had the team switch hotels last night.

Same Hotel

The Packers, meanwhile, tried to keep their standard pregame routine at their hotel in Irving, Texas. The offensive and defensive units jogged through plays and they had a team meeting at night.

“I really liked today’s schedule because finally this gets you back on the routine you’ve been on for the last five years,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’ve had an opportunity for our final corrections in our meetings. The coordinators have given their last message to each unit and they had their final walkthrough, like we always do.”

McCarthy decided not to switch hotels the night before the game.

“I’ve received feedback from clubs that have left the hotel and stayed,” McCarthy said. “Seeking routine and consistency in how we’ve operated in the past. I chose to stay in the same hotel.”

At the Cowboys Stadium on Sunday morning, workers were removing what snow remained on the roof, after ice and snow slid off Friday injuring six NFL workers. A high of 47 degrees Fahrenheit (8 Celsius) was forecast for today, with a 50 percent chance of rain and snow showers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Sillup in Dallas at msillup@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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