Check back often for the latest updates about Super Bowl XLV.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 6
9:21p Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the MVP of the Super Bowl, an honor his Packers predecessor Brett Favre never earned. With precise passes and cool under pressure, Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday night to lead the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers for Green Bay's first NFL title since Favre's in the 1997 Super Bowl. - Associated Press
9:11p Aaron Rodgers has turned the Green Bay Packers into Super Bowl champions once again. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. This is Green Bay's fourth Super Bowl title. - Associated Press
9:07p The Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. - Associated Press
8:57p The Pittsburgh Steelers have 2:07 to score the touchdown needed to erase Green Bay's lead. The Packers just added three points to their total with a field goal. - Associated Press
8:46p Here come the Steelers. Pittsburgh capped a seven-play, 66-yard drive with a touchdown and a gutsy two-point conversion to bring the Steelers within a field goal of Green Bay with 7:34 left in regulation play. - Associated Press
8:32p The Packers have their mojo back. Greg Jennings scored on an eight-yard toss from Aaron Rodgers to increase the Green Bay lead to 10 points with 11:57 remaining in regulation play. - Associated Press
8:16p Paid attendance for Super Bowl XLV is 91,060, a figure that includes 3,000 in the party plaza outside Cowboys Stadium. There are also 12,159 credentialed attendees, bringing the total attendance to 103,219 — 766 short of the all-time record set in 1980 when the Steelers played the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl. - WFAA
8:12p In the Super Bowl of advertising, Eminem was everywhere, Roseanne Barr took a big hit from a log and Joan Rivers became a GoDaddy girl. Before halftime, it was hard to get through a commercial break during Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers without seeing an automaker's ad, including Volkswagen, Kia, Hyundai and General Motors. One early hit was a VW ad that showed a boy in a Darth Vader costume trying to use "The Force" on objects, including the Passat. Slapstick violence dominated PepsiCo's Pepsi Max ads. A man got hit in the crotch with a can in one ad and a jogger got clocked on the head in another. The commercials wooed 100 million-plus viewers at cost of $3 million per 30 seconds. - Associated Press
7:44p The Steelers have pulled to within 4 points of Green Bay with an 8-yard touchdown run by Rashard Mendenhall. Packers are out in front 21-16. - Associated Press
7:36p Fans inside the dome are dry, but they're likely to get wet when Super Bowl XLV is over. The temperature has dropped from the mid-50s at kickoff to the low 40s. The overnight low will be around freezing. - WFAA
7:22p Another big defensive play sets up the Packers, and Green Bay has taken control of Super Bowl XLV. With the Steelers driving late in the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger tried to hit Mike Wallace on a crossing route, but the Packers' Jarrett Bush wrestles the ball away, and it's the second interception of the half for Roethlisberger.
The Packers waste no time cashing in. Aaaron Rodgers leads his team on a four-play, 54-yard drive. The capper is a gorgeous 21-yard touchdown strike to Greg Jennings, just inches away from the outstretched arms of Steelers' defensive back Ryan Clark.
The Packers have scored 14 points off turnovers so far, and led 21-3 with just a couple minutes left in the half. Undaunted, Roethlisberger led the Steelers on a two-minute drive that kept them in the game. It covers 74 yards in 1:45. And its another gorgeous touchdown hookup.
Roethlisberger bought time and put just enough loft on the ball for Hines Ward to make a spectacular catch in the corner of the end zone.
The largest comeback ever in Super Bowl history is 10 points. The Steelers will have to make history to claim their seventh Super Bowl title, as they trailed by 18 points in the second quarter.
Impressions: Good ballgame so far; Roethlisberger's turnovers threatened to make this a blowout, but he bounced back before the half to keep his team alive.
Aaron Rodgers has been excellent and is the clubhouse leader for MVP with a pair of touchdown passes.
Halftime show: Greatness so far. High energy from the Black Eyed Peas has the crowd into it big time. Usher's cameo drew a huge cheer. The Tron-like suits the dancers are wearing probably look much better in person than on camera. Well done!!! - Joe Trahan at Cowboys Stadium
7:12p Police report three people were arrested at Cowboys Stadium during the first quarter of the Super Bowl. Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard reports that two of the arrests were for public drunkenness and one was for theft. She said she had no other details. - Associated Press
7:03p On the strength of a couple of big plays, the Green Bay Packers opened a 21-10 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half of Super Bowl XLV. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers found a rhythm on the team's second drive, and his fifth consecutive completion was a 29-yard touchdown to wideout Jordy Nelson with William Gay in coverage. Rodgers finshed the first quarter completing 6 of 10 passes for 87 yards. Then the big play of the quarter came with the Steelers backed up against their goal line. On first down from the seven, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had his arm hit and the wobbly throw was picked off by Nick Collins, who scampered 37 yards for the touchdown and a 14-zip lead. At the half, the score was Green Bay 21, Pittsburgh 10. - Joe Trahan at Cowboys Stadium
6:15p At the end of the first quarter of Super Bowl XLV, the Green Bay Packers are in control by a 14-0 score. The Pack got on the scoreboard with a 29-yard touchdown reception by Jordy Nelson with 3:44 left in the quarter. Less than 30 seconds later, Nick Collins intercepted a pass by Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. - Associated Press
5:51p The Green Bay Packers have kicked off the Super Bowl, sending Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers onto the field first. Judging by the number of Terrible Towels waving, the Steelers had a decided edge among the fans at Cowboys Stadium. A record crowd of more than 105,000 was expected, although that total may be somewhat less after hundreds of fans were denied access to temporary seating. - Associated Press
5:33p News 8 talked by phone with Tom Haynes, one of an estimated 400 people who had a seat for Super Bowl XLV who will not get to see the game. "When we went through the security at one o'clock, we were informed that our tickets were not good, meaning that they couldn't scan," Haynes said. "We were then sent by the NFL to four different locations. We finally ended up in Parking Lot A, and we received this letter: 'Dear Sir or Madam. Please be advised that due to the unforeseen conditions, the installation of temporary seating at Super Bowl XLV was not fully completed. Your assigned seat is unavailable for today's game. The NFL and the Cowboys sincerely regret this inconvenience.'" - WFAA
5:27p As the National Anthem reverberated through Cowboys Stadium, hundreds of stunned ticket-holders were still trying to digest the reality that their tickets would not be honored, apparently because of safety issues with their temporary seats. - WFAA
5:07p The party is starting early at Cowboys Stadium with a pre-game concert by Keith Urban and Maroon 5. Urban says it's a big day for the players, but a big day for him, too. During the Maroon 5 concert, frontman Adam Levine shouted to the crowd assembled in the tent outside the stadium: "You're at the Super Bowl!" Urban and wife Nicole Kidman welcomed a second daughter to their family recently. Faith is five weeks old and joined their two-year-old daughter on Sunday. - Associated Press
4:50p An NFL spokesman now says it has no seats for 400 ticket-holders at Super Bowl XLV. The seats — with a face value of $900 — were in Sections 425A and 430A. "The safety of fans attending the Super Bowl was paramount in making the decision and the NFL, Dallas Cowboys and City of Arlington officials are in agreement with the resolution," according to a statement issued by the NFL. The league said it was able to relocate another 850 ticket-holders who had been planning to sit in Sections 205A, 215A, 230A and 240A with "similar or better seats." - WFAA
3:39p This is embarrassing. The NFL just released this statement about temporary seating at Cowboys Stadium that was not ready for Super Bowl fans on Sunday afternoon:
"There are a limited number of sections in temporary seating areas inside the stadium that have not been fully completed. We are working to resolve the matter and expect that by game time most of the fans affected will have been accommodated in their seats or relocated to similar or better seats. Those fans that are affected by this will be directed to the Party Plaza area while the matter is resolved. Fans who are not accommodated with seats inside the stadium will each receive a refund of triple the cost of the face value of their ticket. We regret the situation."
It's not immediately clear if a triple refund would cover the expense of tickets purchased through a third party broker. - WFAA
3:30p Three hours before kickoff, Cowboys Stadium still wasn't ready for its possibly record crowd. Workers were still installing temporary seats in the top level of the stadium's west end after fans were allowed into the building. The NFL already was shuffling things around to accommodate the folks who had paid $600 for those seats. In a statement, the league said it expected "most of the fans affected will have been accommodated in their seats or relocated to similar or better seats." Ticket-holders in those sections were asked to wait in the Party Plaza while work was being finished. - Associated Press
2:38p Long lines continue outside Cowboys Stadium where the security screening procedure is under way inside large tents set up several hundred yards from the venue. Unmelted snow and ice remains perched on the perimeter of the stadium's roof in several locations less than three hours until the scheduled kickoff of Super Bowl XLV. - WFAA
2:06p Not all those people outside Cowboys Stadium on Sunday afternoon were going to the big game. Steelers fan Karey Jones didn't have a Super Bowl ticket, so he parked his SUV within sight of the stadium. "It's awesome! It's as close as I could be," he said, adding that he'll be watching the game right along with millions of other Americans on a TV set in the back of his vehicle. - Wyatt Goolsby reporting from Arlington
2:02p Green Bay Packers fan Dan Kosir was eager to see Super Bowl XLV after driving 27 hours from Wisconsin. "I got my tickets from a scalper," he said. "I'm not sure; they may be counterfeit, but I'm hoping that I may get in." Kosir said he paid $9,200 for each ticket. "I'm on the 50-yard line and about seven rows up," he said. "Hey, it's worth it. It's the Packers. How often are they going to get in? How many more times do you think I'm going to be here? I'm not young anymore." - Wyatt Goolsby reporting from Arlington
1:08p Four of the 10 gates into Cowboys Stadium are not currently open due to continuing concerns about ice and snow falling from the roof. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league is working with the Arlington Fire Department to safely direct fans into the building. Gates B, D, G and J are not open. Aerial views of the stadium from HD Chopper 8 show long lines of ticket-holders waiting in outdoor lines to pass through security checks. At least it's a pleasant wait; the temperature is 53 degrees and there's a bright sun. - WFAA
12:15p Even though the first NFL Championship game back in 1967 was broadcast on two networks (NBC and CBS), all recordings of the game were thought to be lost. Until now. The Wall Street Journal reports that a copy of the CBS broadcast was found after languishing in an attic in Pennsylvania for 38 years. The video has been restored, but now there are questions about who actually owns the rights.
9:56a Firefighters and work crews have spent the morning on top of Cowboys Stadium. They are busy trying to get rid of packed snow and ice on the roof. This comes two days after six people were injuried when ice fell from the roof of the stadium. There is also damage to the roof because of the bad weather.
8:56a At least 5,000 people are expected to watch the Super Bowl from outside the stadium tonight on the Party Plaza. They paid minimum $200 for one ticket, but it will not be a warm spot. The mayor of Arlington is concerned about those who will stand outside. Jerry Jones encourages those fans to wear heavy coats. -WFAA
7:44a Security workers are arriving at the stadium early. They will also have to go through security. Just a reminder, game goers should arrive early to get through the security checkpoints. Banned items include aerosol cans, bottles, camcorders, coolers, food, beverages, laptops, large bags, noisemakers and strollers.- David Schechter at Cowboys Stadium
7:43a Traffic delays have already started around Cowboys Stadium. There is a 30 minute delay at Belt Line Road, westbound side of Interstate 30. Traffic is moving slow. Those picking up day passes at Lone Star Park are exiting Belt Line causing the backup. Also be prepared for closure around the stadium. Cowboys Way is closed between Collins Street and Stadium Drive. Another closure- northbound North Collins Street between Rogers Street and Randol Mill. Please found alternative routes. -Alexa Conomos
2:40a NFL commissioners can't root, so Roger Goodell will just sit back and smile as he watches this Super Bowl. "When you look at this matchup, and you say Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers — that's football," Goodell said. "This isn't just about fans in western Pennsylvania or Wisconsin. They have national followings. And I think that is what's so exciting for this country and the whole world. This is fun. This is celebrating the game that I love, that we all love, and I think this is going to be a terrific night." - Associated Press
2:38a Brent Weycker said he expects a capacity crowd Sunday at his Titletown Brewery in Green Bay, Wisconsin, including plenty of out-of-towners. He said he got a call from a Packers fan in Fargo, N.D., who warned him he was coming to the brewery with a bunch of friends on Sunday. The brewery has 12 televisions, but he plans to cart in a big-screen as well. The city plans to close the downtown bar district to vehicle traffic to let people party in the streets. The Green Bay Press-Gazette is planning an extra edition if the Packers win the game. - Associated Press
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
10:32p Super Bowl XLV is expected to attract 105,000 fans, but if you have a hankering to see it in person, we found there are still some tickets available. You can get a package of four tickets to the party plaza for about $1,700, but it's slightly more to actually be inside Cowboys Stadium. Choice club level seats are going for about $16,000, but if that's not in your budget, we found one seat going for the bargain price of $3,500. - WFAA
10:05p Collins Street in Arlington is now down to one lane in each direction there as security is tightened around Cowboys Stadium, the Super Bowl venue. Arlington police suggest that if you're going to the big game, pre-purchase parking permits and turn off your GPS — it won't get you around any of the many detours surrounding the stadium. - WFAA
9:26p Colt McCoy, the former University of Texas quarterback who now plays for the Cleveland Browns, was surprised the icy weather in the Dallas-Fort Worth area lasted so long. "I've lived in Texas my whole life and I've never seen anything consistent like this," said McCoy, who also served as a coach during the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl on Saturday. - Associated Press
9:08p New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees accepted the 2011 Bart Starr Award at the 24th annual Super Bowl Breakfast this morning. The award honors one NFL player for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community, and is voted on by fellow players. "I don't take it for granted," Brees said. "I take it as a tremendous responsibility to live up to what this award stands for and what Bart Starr stands for." - WFAA
8:04p New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning says all the talk about Dallas' chilly weather will be old news come Sunday. Manning was in Dallas coaching a celebrity flag football game Saturday and predicted that the Super Bowl would "come down to the wire." He expects an exciting game and says it'll eclipse all the focus on Dallas' unusual weather. Although the sun was finally shining after a week of ice and snow, temperatures had only reached into the 40s when celebrities hit the sand for the DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. The game was played in a heated tent on a sand-covered field. - Associated Press
7:49p Actor Josh Duhamel is taking a cue from his wife Fergie and staying mostly quiet about any details of the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl halftime show. But he did let out one hint Saturday: She's a little nervous. "I know in the beginning there's something she's kind of nervous about," Duhamel said, declining to divulge anything else about the band's performance Sunday. The "Transformers" and "Life as We Know It" star joined other celebrities Saturday in DirecTV's Celebrity Beach Bowl, a flag football game on a sand-filled football field that was held inside a heated tent in downtown Dallas. Other celebrities included Chace Crawford of "Gossip Girl," Kevin Dillon of "Entourage" and Hayden Panettiere. - Associated Press
7:17p Deion Sanders and Marshall Faulk led a class of seven voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Joining them were Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger. Sanders, the outstanding cornerback/kick returner and sometime wide receiver known as "Prime Time" with five teams, is a two-time Super Bowl winner and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. - Associated Press
6:30p In a live interview with WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen, Bill Lively — the man who led efforts to bring the Super Bowl to Cowboys Stadium — responded to criticism of his organization. - WFAA
6:06p North Texas is heating up with lots of Super Bowl-related events. One of the biggest features Faith Hill and the Pretenders performing together live in Grand Prairie. Their concert at the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam will be broadcast live on cable. - WFAA
6:04p HD Chopper 8 pilot Troy Bush was flying over Interstate 30 in Arlington. "Some little wet spots there, but that's just rain; no ice, and everything's looking good for the big show tomorrow," he said. - WFAA
6:03p Texas Department of Transportation crews have been working to clear ice and snow from area highways through the day Saturday. "Currently the highways are clear in Tarrant County and sanding crews are on standby," said TxDOT spokesman Michael Peters. "After midnight, we will resume our operations to monitor the bridges and the ramps and the overpasses where any ice will develop first." - WFAA
6:01p Unfortunately, the ideal weather on the eve of Super Bowl XLV will not be reprised on Sunday. Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus says a cold front will move through North Texas around 6 a.m. Sunday, bringing rainfall to the area around noon. By 6 p.m., that rain will be mixing with snow. Accumulations will be less than one inch in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Delkus said. -WFAA
5:18p Desmond Howard says he felt threatened by Phil Simms during a confrontation about comments the ESPN analyst made about Simms' son, Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms. Howard tweeted that Simms said "he wanted 2 take a swing at me" during an exchange Saturday at an NFL venue in downtown Dallas. Simms acknowledged through a CBS spokeswoman that the NFL analyst and former New York Giants quarterback had "a private conversation that became heated." Howard said Simms took offense to an on-air comment about the Tennessee-LSU game that fans would see "3 of the worse QBs in the SEC." - Associated Press
5:02p The NFL and its players' union met for two hours Saturday to talk about a new labor deal, their first formal bargaining session in more than two months. The meeting was at a Dallas hotel, one day before the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers play in the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. - Associated Press
4:11p The Steelers and Packers are putting finishing touches on preparations for tomorrow's Super Bowl. It has been a frigid week in the Dallas area, but that won't matter Sunday evening. The roof of Cowboys Stadium will be closed when Pittsburgh and Green Bay kick off the climax game of the NFL's postseason. - Associated Press
4:02p North Texans felt the warmth of the sun on the eve of Super Bowl XLV. The official thermometer at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport nudged above the freezing point at 9:53 a.m. Saturday for the first time since the deep freeze set in on Tuesday morning. - WFAA
2:48p Mother Nature messed with Texas and might not be finished. The questions now: Did the cold, icy blast ruin everything for the first Super Bowl week in Dallas-Fort Worth? Or can the region save face in the final hours before Sunday's big game? This was a long week even before snow and ice fell off the roof of the $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Friday, injuring at least six people. Bad weather forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, cutting short the time — and the money — fans would be spending in town. And just when things were looking up on a bright and sunny Saturday, snow was back in the forecast Sunday. - Associated Press