The Steelers didn't deserve to win Super Bowl XLV.I'm not sure Wisconsin sports pundits could be that objective, should that last Steeler drive have succeeded.
You commit three turnovers and don't get any. Two of your most dependable offensive stars fail you in the clutch. Your No. 1-rated defense in points allowed can't stop the other team's quarterback from throwing three touchdown passes.
You deserve to lose.
"I don't blame anyone but myself," a subdued Roethlisberger said after the confetti finally stopped falling on the Packers. "There were a lot of throws I'd like to have back. I turned the ball over. You can't do that ...If there is to be a labor dispute in pro football, at least we had an excellent game to end the season. Good game, Pittsburgh. See you at Kennywood.
"I feel like I let down the city of Pittsburgh, the fans, my coaches, my teammates ... it's not a good feeling."
Certainly, the Steelers' final drive added to Roethlisberger's dismay. He had a chance to make the two first-half interceptions he threw -- one was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Packers safety Nick Collins -- a mere footnote to history, as well as a rare killer fumble by running back Rashard Mendenhall at the Packers 33 on the first play of the fourth quarter when the Steelers were threatening to take the lead. I fully expected him to win the game when the Steelers took over at their 13 with 1:59 left.
"You feel pretty good," Roethlisberger said of the situation. Asked what he told his teammates in the huddle, he said, " 'I believe in you guys. We can do this.' I think we all felt like we could."