February 06, 2011
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Charles Woodson(notes), the Green Bay Packers' ultra-versatile and game-changing defensive back, broke his collarbone late in the second quarter. It was a huge loss for a Green Bay defense that started to sag a bit when Woodson was joined by Sam Shields(notes) and Nick Collins(notes) in the locker room late in the second half, though Shields and Collins are expected to return.
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But the loss of Woodson is huge. He's a great slot defender who's been playing a pseudo-safety position for the Packers over the last couple of years. He had more regular-season pass pressures than Troy Polamalu(notes), and since he went out of the game the Steelers -- who hadn't scored a touchdown before Woodson was hurt -- did so on their next two drives.
The bitter irony for the Packers and their fans is that the 34-year-old Woodson didn't miss a game this season. Now, the Steelers will try to overcome the biggest deficit in Super Bowl history (the previous record was 10 points; and Pittsburgh was down 21-3 at one point) to win what has become a far more challenging and competitive game.
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