Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Super Bowl XLV Jerseys: Packers Go Green, Steelers Will Wear White

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When the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers take the field on February 6 for Super Bowl XLV, they’ll be wearing jerseys they haven’t played in since the final game of the regular season. As the honorary home team, the Green Bay Packers have chosen to wear their green jerseys, which they traditionally wear at home at Lambeau Field. The Steelers will wear their white jerseys.

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The Packers wore white in all three of their road playoff games to earn the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. They last wore their green jerseys on the final Sunday of the regular season, when they beat the Bears at home to clinch a playoff berth. The Steelers wore black in their two home playoff games, and haven’t worn white since clinching the NFC North at Cleveland in their final regular season game.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy says his team prefers wearing its green jerseys and is “excited” they’ll be wearing them in the Super Bowl. The Packers were 7-1 at home this season, so maybe there is something to the green. Then again, the Steelers were 7-1 on the road.

The Steelers wore white in their last two Super Bowl wins (XLIII and XL). When the Packers lost their last Super Bowl appearance (XXXII), they were wearing white. When they last won in Super Bowl XXXI, they were wearing green.

Super Bowl XLV: SI Cover Jinx?

With the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers winning this past weekend to earn the right to play in Super Bowl XLV, it’s natural that their players will be gracing magazine covers in the lead-up to the big game on February 6. But will the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx influence the outcome of the Super Bowl?

Well, Steelers linebacker James Harrison is on the cover of this week’s national edition of SI. But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is also gracing the cover of SI in Midwest regional editions. Rodgers is probably more essential to Green Bay’s success than Harrison is to Pittsburgh’s, but is there a jinx distinction between national and regional editions? Does it matter which editions are available in Dallas, where the game is being played?

Before last week’s championship games, SI had a cover featuring Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Cutler had a terrible first half before getting knocked out of the game with a knee injury. Sanchez played fairly well, but his team fell behind 24-0 and Sanchez couldn’t quite lead them back.

During the regular season, Harrison had 70 tackles, 10.5 sacks and two interceptions. Harrison also had three sacks in Pittsburgh’s divisional round win over the Baltimore Ravens.

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