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The Steelers are trying to focus only on the task at hand, and might have learned a few things about the Packers in their last meeting _ a 37-36 win in 2009 _ that they can make use of in this game. Not that Tomlin is giving away any secrets.

“You get yourself into trouble when you try to have preconceived notions about how the game is going to unfold,” he said. “That was an exciting, entertaining game we had against them a year ago. … What happened at Heinz Field in ‘09 is going to have no bearing on what happens in this stadium. So many of the components of those teams are different, so it’s really irrelevant.”

But even Tomlin acknowledged that that meeting could help ramp up the expectations for a hard-fought, close Super Bowl game.

“This is going to be an execution-oriented game,” Tomlin said. “The team that executes better is going to have a better chance to win. So we’re going to sharpen our sword for battle with that in mind.”

When he took over as the Steelers coach in 2007, he set some lofty goals for himself and the franchise. And, he’s one win closer to achieving the biggest of all.

“It’s probably about two Super Bowls short of my vision,” he said. “But that’s just me. I’m not in a reflection mode. I’m really not. I’m just trying to go and do it.”