The Green Bay Packers lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-10 at halftime of the Super Bowl as they seek a record 13th National Football League championship.
The Packers scored touchdowns 17 seconds apart during the first quarter and have intercepted Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The biggest halftime deficit that a team has overcome to win the Super Bowl is 10 points.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson with 3:51 left in the opening quarter and Nick Collins followed with a 37-yard interception return for a score. Rodgers tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings 2:24 before halftime, a score that came four plays after Roethlisberger’s second interception.
The Steelers trailed 21-3 before getting an eight-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Hines Ward with 39 seconds left in the second quarter. Pittsburgh’s first points came on a 33-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham.
Rodgers has completed 11 of 16 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger, who has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, is 13-of-21 for 143 yards and one score.
Only three times in the Super Bowl’s 45-year history has the team that made more turnovers won the game.
The Packers won the most recent of their three Super Bowl titles 14 years ago and their 12 NFL championships are the most all time. The Steelers are seeking their record-extending seventh Super Bowl title and third in six years.
While eight of the past 10 teams to lead the Super Bowl at halftime went on to win, the team trailing after the opening 30 minutes has won two of the past three years. The New Orleans Saints rallied from a 10-6 halftime deficit last season to beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.
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