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Super Bowl 2011 Predictions: Packers-Steelers Picks From The Experts

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Super Bowl XLV is just a day away and by now most of the experts have weighed in with their predictions of which team will be hosting the Vince Lombardi Trophy Sunday night. Here's a random sampling of predictions from around the web.

SB Nation Seattle -  When kickoff rolls around, I think we'll be looking for a close, lower scoring game. Look for Aaron Rodgers to throw for at least two touchdowns and look for Rashard Mendenhall and The Steelers to run it in for a couple too. The key to the game will be who can break through the others defensive specialty first. Can Green Bay run against a supreme Pittsburgh run defense? Can Pittsburgh throw against a very good Green Bay pass defense? I'm going to say that I have more faith in Big Ben, Mike Wallace and company than the recently resurgent Green Bay rushing game. Final Score: Green Bay 24 - Pittsburgh 28

ESPN - You can see everyone ever associated at one time with ESPN making a pick here. The overview has only four analysts predicting more than a one-score game. The highest spread was 14 points for the Packers and the winning team's points ranges from 17 to 31.

The Phinsider - Back before the season started, I had the Packers defeating an AFC North team in the Super Bowl. I just didn't pick the right AFC North team. But I believe I selected the correct champion. The Packers are going to find a way to win this game, likely courtesy of Aaron Rodgers - who is my MVP pick. Packers 27 - Steelers 24

Snoop Dogg - Big Snoop Dogg is picking Big Ben Roethlisberger's Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLV this Sunday. While Snoop hails from Long Beach, California, he has been a Steelers fan since he was a kid and plans to present the Steelers with a TDK Life on Record 3-Speaker Boombox outfitted with black-and-yellow trimming in honor of his favorite team before the game. In a statement, Snoop said he has always "loved their attitude and the way they played" during their hard-fought games against the Raiders in the '70s and has "been riding with them ever since."

The Game - While the majority seem to be siding with Pittsburgh (not including Lil Wayne, of course), outspoken L.A. rapper the Game is putting all his chips behind the Green Bay Packers. "'Green and yellow, green and yellow,'" the Game told MTV News. "They got the G's on they helmet. You gotta go with the team with the G's on their helmet."

I think the Packers win 24-21. After seeing what the Packers did to the Atlanta Falcons I might be biased but the Steelers offensive line is banged up (Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey is out) and the Packers defense has played six games this season where they've held their opponents to seven points or less. My two cents.

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