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Super Bowl XLV News and Notes - 2/3/11

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Super Bowl XLV News and Notes - 2/3/11

Three years after the Pittsburgh Steelers hired him, head coach Mike Tomlin has emerged as a star, writes John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Sunday will mark the 31st time in 45 Super Bowls where the winning head coach did not play in the NFL, writes Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Though in declining health, Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll is following the Steelers' Super Bowl run.

Rattling Aaron Rogers is a key for the Steelers, writes Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a pawn to Roger Goodell, writes Jason Whitlock of FOXSports.com.

Andy Benoit of CBSSports.com compares the two Super Bowl quarterbacks.

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward likes to have fun in the workplace, writes Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe.

Quiet this post-season, Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace wants to be unleashed in the Super Bowl.

Injured Steelers Maurkice Pouncey and Aaron Smith were limited in Wednesday's practice.

Pittsburgh's secondary will be tested by the Packers' big-play passing attack, writes Scott Brown.

The Steelers have a shutdown corner in Ike Taylor, writes Ron Cook.

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley vs. Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga is a key match-up on Sunday.

Four of Shutdown Corner's five key Super Bowl match-ups are in the trenches.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post will be watching the chess match between Aaron Rodgers and Troy Polamalu.

Pittsburgh punter Jeremy Kapinos isn't interested in discussing his 2008-09 stint with the Packers.

Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel's beard is a star of Super Bowl week.

Keisel is willing to dig ditches to support his family in a lockout.

Ted Thompson's decision to release Brett Favre helped pave a Super Bowl path for the Green Bay Packers, writes Peter King.

Several Packers coaches have ties to Pittsburgh and the Steelers organization.

The Packers may have a hard time retaining all their defensive coaches after the Super Bowl, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Green Bay's defensive line coach Mike Trgovac is keeping nose tackle B.J. Raji on track, reports Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

Raji's legend is growing, writes Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times.

Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers takes a low-tech approach to his playbook.

Green Bay's defense has come a long way since its performance last post-season, writes Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter.

An extra weekly meeting between Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers has made a difference the second half of the season.

Titletown has the edge over the City of Champions.

Packers cornerback Charles Woodson has been mentoring and motivating his younger teammates, writes Mike Vandermause.

Woodson and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu possess the brains and boldness that make them impact players, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Packers center Scott Wells has overcome adversity and challenges to remain in the starting lineup.

After a spell as a street free agent, guard Evan Smith is happy to be back on the Packers' 53-man roster.

Lesser-known members of the Packers have made big contributions this season, writes Gary D'Amato.

Packers linebacker Matt Wilhelm has provided leadership on special teams, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Packers cornerbacks Sam Shields and Patrick Lee will likely handle kick returns in the Super Bowl.

Hall of Fame Packers guard Jerry Kramer still gets excited for the Super Bowl.

Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins awaits word from his missing father.

Packers rookie running back James Starks has had a dream post-season, writes Allen Wilson of The Buffalo News.

Starks and Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took different paths to the Super Bowl, writes Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

This Super Bowl truly is a 50-50 game, writes Brian Burke for The Fifth Down at The New York Times.

Since rain is a threat, officials with the Miami Dolphins will push for renovations to Sun Life Stadium to lure the Super Bowl back to South Florida.

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