Super Bowl 45: Curran's five first half thoughts

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Super Bowl 45: Curran's five first half thoughts

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
The score is 21-10 and the Steelers are fortunate to still be in striking distance in Super Bowl 45. Important to remember: the largest deficit overcome in a Super Bowl is 10. Pittsburgh got itself down 21-3 before the late touchdown to Hines Ward. The Super Bowl Halftime 5 brought to you by...Comcast Sportsnet New England. ROETHLISBERGER'S LEGACY?The Packers have 14 points directly off of Ben Roethlisberger picks. The first came as a result of pressure in his face as he tried to step into a throw to speedy Mike Wallace. Wallace was open against Tramon Williams, but the throw was so affected Nick Collins was able to step in and easily make the pick and return it for the score. The next pick was a force, picked off at midfield by Jarret Bush. Four plays later, the Packers were in the end zone again after a beautiful throw by Aaron Rodgers. Roethlisberger is 13 for 21 for 143 yards with a touchdown and two picks. He's going to need a big second half to make up for putting Pittsburgh in a hole. No team has ever lost a Super Bowl in which it had an interception returned for a touchdown. FLEET OF INJURIESSo far we've got Packers wideout Donald Driver getting his ankle x-rayed (negative), Steelers wideout Emmanuel Sanders leaving with a foot injury, right tackle Flozell Adams leaving (then returning) with a shoulder injury and Packers DB Charles Woodson (shoulder) leaving for the locker room just before halftime. There is undeniably a greater level of speed, intensity and recklessness in Super Bowls and that's obvious right now. Steelers DB Bryant McFadden (shoulder) and Packers DB Sam Shields also are questionable to return in the second half. STEELERS O-LINE GETTING PUSHED BACKEarly on, the Steelers were very effective running off right guard with running back Rashard Mendenhall right at Packers OLB Clay Matthews. Mendenhall had 5 carries for 30 yards in the first half. By the break he had 8 carries for 30 yards. The concerns about the Steelers offensive line trying to deal with BJ Raji, Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Pickett,especially on the inside, are well-founded. PACKERS TIGHT EARLYThe Packers seemed tight at the start of the game. A muffed punt, a failure to down a punt, a mistimed dive by Jordy Nelson all seemed indicative of that. But once the Packers got the ball back on their second drive and started pounding it to Nelson with William Gay in coverage, Green Bay settled in nicely. Rodgers is having a terrific game in his first chance and hasn't seen any pressure from the Steelers blitz schemes. Neither team has a sack yet. BIG NAMES ON STEELERS D SILENTNothing yet from James Harrison or Troy Polamalu. Polamalu was in the vicinity on both touchdown catches. Early in the third, William Gay had a key breakup on a slant to James Jones which - if Gay hadn't gotten a hand on it - may have gone the distance. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran