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Super Bowl XLV predictions

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Super Bowl XLV (FOX pregame at 2 p.m. ET, kickoff at 6:29) figures to be a classic.

So who will win, the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers? Check out what the FOXSports.com experts predict.

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WINNER SCORE REASON FOR VICTORY
Mark Kriegel
Mark Kriegel
Pittsburgh Steelers 23-20 Experience counts here. A victory for old school football, as Rashard Mendendhall rushes for more 100 yards and the Steelers rough up Aaron Rodgers. Goodell hands the MVP trophy James Harrison, who hocks it, NCAA-style, to pay for next year’s fines.
Jason Whitlock
Jason Whitlock
Pittsburgh Steelers 28-24 I picked the Steelers at the beginning of the season. I like Big Ben in Big Games. I like Troy Polamalu in Big and Small games. I like James Harrison when he's angry. I like Mike Tomlin. Period.
Nancy Gay
Nancy Gay
Green Bay Packers 28-24 Part of me wants to pick the Steelers, because they're the more experienced team on this Super Bowl stage and that would seem to give them a huge edge. But I also think the hot team in the playoffs stays that way, and that is the Packers. They've won six in a row to get here. Ultimately Green Bay's opportunistic defense will make a huge play when it counts to win a close game.
Alex Marvez
Alex Marvez
Green Bay Packers 27-23 This is the game where Pittsburgh's offensive line finally gets exposed, especially with Doug Legursky forced to start at center in place of the injured Maurkice Pouncey. Offensively, Green Bay has the depth at wide receiver to exploit Pittsburgh's shaky cornerbacks. Look for the Packers to successfully utilize a quick passing game a la New England -- a team that always gives the Steelers fits -- to give Aaron Rodger his first Super Bowl ring.
John Czarnecki
John Czarnecki
Green Bay Packers 28-24 Super Bowl XLV is a football lover’s dream; two great defenses and two great young quarterbacks. If it was an alley fight, the Steelers win hands down. But Green Bay’s finesse and wide-receiver speed will be too much for Pittsburgh’s brawn. It’s imperative that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t get dinged early.
Adam Schein
Adam Schein
Green Bay Packers 24-20 I predicted the Packers would win the Super Bowl in the preseason and I'm not backing down now. Aaron Rodgers is your game MVP. Charles Woodson makes game changing plays. Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson, and Mark Murphy will get the justified place in Packers history.
Adam Caplan
Adam Caplan
Green Bay Packers 27-24 This game figures to feature two teams that are pretty evenly matched up on both sides of the ball. The one discernible strength from both teams is in the backend of the defense. The Green Bay secondary has better depth than Pittsburgh's, and that's where the Packers can gain an advantage. Look for Green Bay to make a few big plays down the field and they will win.
Peter Schrager
Peter Schrager
Green Bay Packers 31-27 With the exception of the '99 "Greatest Show on Turf" St. Louis Rams, I can't imagine a unit better suited for the Cowboys Stadium fast track than this Packers offense. Aaron Rodgers' vision, accuracy and ability to make something out of nothing with his feet when the pocket collapses will only be maximized on this lightning fast field. The major advantage that the Steelers have over their opponents — the league’s most dominant rush defense — might not even play much of a role on Sunday, as the Packers rarely rely on the run game. This one won't be the same shootout we saw in Pittsburgh last year, when the Steelers edged the Packers 37-36, but it could be just as exciting down the stretch. After finding a way to stop Ben Roethlisberger on a last minute drive, the Packers will bring their fourth Lombardi Trophy home to Green Bay.
Todd Behrendt
Todd Behrendt
Green Bay Packers 24-21 Aaron Rodgers and his speedy quartet of wideouts are tough under normal circumstances. But when you put them on the Cowboys Stadium turf and give them a less-than-100 percent Troy Polamalu? That's a Super Bowl champion team for you. Ben Roethlisberger will keep the game close, but look for Big Ben's big-game experience to be negated a little bit by the absence of Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey in front of him.
Steve Bien-Aime
Steve Bien-Aime
Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14 A lot has been made about the explosiveness of the Packers' offense, but it is prone to huge scoring droughts. The Steelers' defense will hit Aaron Rodgers enough to slow the Packers down, allowing Ben Roethlisberger to lead Pittsburgh down for a late field goal to win the game and give Big Ben his first Super Bowl MVP.
 
Tagged: Packers, Steelers, James Harrison, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Maurkice Pouncey, Troy Polamalu

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