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Ben Roethlisberger has led Pittsburgh to two Super Bowl titles but winning a third will mean winning Super Bowl XLV as an underdog.

Big Ben and the Steelers advanced to their third Super Bowl in the last six years by taking care of the Jets 24-19 as a 4-point favorite in the AFC Championship Game. Roethlisberger threw for 133 yards with a pair of interceptions and a touchdown run, while the defense added what turned out to be a key TD on a Mark Sanchez fumble.

The Packers became the first-ever No. 6 seed from the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl by defeating Chicago 21-14 as a 3.5-point chalk in the NFC title game. Aaron Rodgers passed for 244 yards with two interceptions and a TD run, while James Starks continued his playoff rise with 74 rushing yards and a TD on 22 carries.

The Packers' defense picked off three passes, including a TD return by B.J. Raji. [ Super Bowl Matchup Stats ]

The Packers may be the lower seed, but they're the favorites on the Super Bowl XLV odds at -2.5 at sportsbooks like Sports Interaction. That is the best Packer line, a team that hasn't played in the big game since losing to Denver 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. The Packers were also favored in that game as an 11.5-point chalk.

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The Steelers last claimed the Lombardi Trophy two years ago when they beat Arizona 27-23 as a 6.5-point favorite. Pittsburgh's last championship loss was in Super Bowl XXX when they fell to Dallas 27-17 as a 13.5-point underdog.

Pittsburgh and Green Bay didn't meet this season, but they did clash last year in a high-scoring shootout. That game came down to the final play as Roethlisberger hit Mike Wallace on a 19-yard TD strike to give the Steelers a 37-36 win as 3-point home favorites.

Roethlisberger finished the game with 503 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Rodgers also had a huge game with 383 yards passing, three TD passes, and a TD run.

The chances of another offensive shootout in the Super Bowl don't appear to be very good. Both sides boast strong defenses and scoring could be rare despite the posted total of 44.5 at Bovada. The Steelers were the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL this season (14.5), and the Packers were right behind them at No. 2 (15.0).

Five of the last six Super Bowls have gone UNDER the total, and if the defenses deliver in Dallas that trend could continue.

As the underdog the Steelers should also be hoping for another trend to stay alive. Last season the Saints topped the Colts as the underdog, and the 'dog is 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in the last three Super Bowls.  The Super Bowl betting crowd should also know that in the last 10 Super Bowls the underdog is 8-2 ATS.

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