- Associated Press - Sunday, February 6, 2011

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers have one first down and have punted twice on their first two possessions in the 2011 Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers got 23-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver on their first possession, but that was their only first down before punting.

The championship game puts the focus back on the field after a long, cold week in North Texas that included two wintry storms with snow and ice. There were no weather woes inside $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium, and it wasn’t bad outside either on game day.

The game comes 3 1/2 weeks before the current collective bargain agreement expires. If the NFL and the players’ union can’t reach a new labor pact, there could be a lockout.

Deion Sanders, one of seven former players elected to the Hall of Fame this weekend, tossed the coin. The Packers won the toss, and deferred their choice to the start of the second half.

The 45th Super Bowl, the NFL’s signature event, pitted two of its storied franchises and capped a season that saw the league reach new heights of popularity despite a string of off-field incidents and that potential lockout with the current CBA expiring next month.

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