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Don't Expect a Replay of Last Year's Meeting

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    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Antonio Smith tries to tackle during the first quarter.

    Looking for an irrelevant preview of Super Bowl XLV? Look no further than last season's December meeting between the two teams, a red-hot Packers team and a struggling Steelers team that eventually failed to make the playoffs.

    The Steelers won the game 37-36 on a last-minute game-winning drive orchestrated by Big Ben Roethlisberger, who finished that game with an astronomical 503 yards through the air.

    But that was just a fluke right? Nope, shortly after that game the Packers met the Cardinals in the playoffs and watched Kurt Warner go crazy and beat the vaunted Packers defense 51-45.

    This year, neither of those things will happen.

    The Steelers and Packers have the league's two best scoring defenses. They'll have two elite quarterbacks (Roethlisberger and Aaron Rodgers) to contend with, but don't expect this game to be too high scoring. I'd be shocked if either team reaches the 30s, much less the 40s or 50s.

    The over/under is set at 45 points and the point spread is Packers by 2.5 points, so that tells you how close and low-scoring it could be.