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Lombardi Trophy returns, Part II
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SUPER PACKERS: With Super Bowl win No. 4, the Packers moved into fourth place for most wins in the championship game that began in 1967.
The Steelers hold the record with six Super Bowl wins, and have now lost twice in the NFL title game.
Green Bay has a total of 13 championships with the nine they won before the Super Bowl era. The Bears are next with nine overall NFL titles.
Also, Green Bay becomes the second No. 6 seed to win the Super Bowl, joining the Steelers who won after the 2005 season.
DOM’S DAY: Eight teams. A quarter century. More job titles and close calls than he wants to remember.
Finally, Dom Capers can be called a Super Bowl champion.
The Packers defensive coordinator, long considered one of the best X-and-O guys in the game, parlayed his first trip to the Super Bowl into his first championship Sunday.
“Twenty-five years to get here, and it’s nice to be able to finish it off,” Capers said. “It’s great to be able to take the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.”
Capers’ game plan took a hit when the Packers lost cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields to injury for significant stretches, and safety Nick Collins for a bit when he needed intravenous fluids.
No panic. Just adjustments.
“We had to play more zone coverage in the second half because we didn’t want to lock some of the other guys up into one-on-one situations,” Capers said.
And so, the 60-year-old lifetime coach won his title. He coached the Carolina Panthers to the NFL title game in the 1990s and also coached the Houston Texans in their expansion years. Around that, he spent time as a defensive coach in Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, New England and, yes, Pittsburgh.
“You have an appreciation for it when you have been doing it for 25 years and this is your first one,” Capers said.
RECORD NUMBERS: The Super Bowl record crowd at Cowboys Stadium didn’t quite happen.
The crowd for the Packers-Steelers was 91,060 paying attendees, or 103,219 counting “credentialed attendees.”
The record remains the 103,985 fans who watched the Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-19 in the Rose Bowl on Jan., 20, 1980. Next is the 103,667 fans who watched the Redskins beat the Dolphins 27-17 on Jan. 30, 1983, also at the Rose Bowl. The two other 100,000-plus crowds were at the Rose Bowl, too, at the 1977 and 1987 Super Bowls.
SUPER NUGGETS: The Packers’ two touchdowns in 24 seconds in the first quarter was the fastest pair of TDs scored by one team in a Super Bowl since Dallas scored two in 18 seconds after scoring two others in 15 seconds earlier in the 1993 Super Bowl. ... The Steelers and Packers set a Super Bowl record for least rushing attempts with a combined 36 — 13 by Green Bay, 23 by Pittsburgh. ... Among Super Bowl records tied were fewest turnovers by a team (zero by the Packers, shared with 17 other teams); most points in the first quarter by a team, Packers 14 (with six other teams); and largest lead at end of the first quarter, 14 by Packers (Miami and Oakland are the others). ... The Packers are the 18th team to hold the lead from start to finish, but the first to go wire-to-wire in 10 seasons. ... The 25 points scored by the Steelers are the fourth most by a losing Super Bowl team, and their 387 totals yards is the fifth-most by a losing team.