The Green Bay Packers were holding a 28-25 lead, and had the ball, midway through the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

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Update 7:10 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win the Super Bowl.

Update 6:57 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers were holding a 28-25 lead, and had the ball, midway through the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

After Jennings’ second score, the Steelers responded with Ben Roethlisberger throwing a 25-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace with 7:34 left. Pittsburgh then went for two, and Antwaan Randle El took a pitch into the end zone to cut the gap to a field goal.

Update 6:41 p.m.

Greg Jennings has caught his second touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have a 28-17 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers with just under 12 minutes left in the Super Bowl.

The 8-yard TD pass was the first score for the Packers since Jennings had caught a 21-yarder with 2:31 left before halftime for a 21-3 lead.

Update: 6:20 p.m.

Roethlisberger’s touchdown pass came just before the 32-minute halftime break highlighted by the Black Eyed Peas performing. R&B star Usher and former Guns `N Roses guitarist Slash made special appearances as part of the set.

Update: 5:58 p.m.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have struck first in the second half of the Super Bowl, though still trail the Green Bay Packers 21-17 after Rashard Mendenhall’s 8-yard touchdown run less than 5 minutes after halftime.

Mendenhall had a 17-yard run to start the 50-yard, five-play drive after the Packers punted on the opening drive of the second half. He bulled into the end zone to send the Steelers fans into a frenzy.

Green Bay had only one penalty before halftime, but had three penalties on their opening drive of the second half.

Update: 5:40 p.m.

Getting closer was nice, but Pittsburgh couldn’t savor it too much because Green Bay was getting the ball to open the second half. The Packers won the toss but coach Mike McCarthy deferred the ball until the second half.

Injuries messed things up for both teams.

The Steelers saw right tackle Flozell Adams (shoulder), cornerback Bryant McFadden (hip) and receiver Emmanuel Sanders (foot) all miss time. McFadden and Adams eventually returned.

Packers receiver Donald Driver hurt an ankle. X-rays showed no break, but his return was questionable. Cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields both went into the locker room with shoulder injuries just before halftime.

Green Bay has led by at least 11 points in all four of its games this postseason. The Packers also have this stat in their favor: Teams returning an interception for a touchdown are 10-0.

Update: 5:15 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 137 yards and two touchdowns and the Green Bay Packers have a 21-10 halftime lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an 8-yard TD pass to Hines Ward just before halftime and his team needed it. Big Ben had already thrown two interceptions, and both led to Green Bay touchdowns.

Rodgers was 11-of-16 passing at halftime. Roethlisberger was 13 of 21 for 143 yards.

Green Bay, which deferred after winning the coin toss at the beginning of the game, gets the ball to start the second half.

Update: 5:00 p.m.

Aaron Rodgers has thrown two touchdowns and Ben Roethlisberger has thrown two interceptions, and the Green Bay Packers have a 21-3 lead over Pittsburgh late in the first half of the Super Bowl.

Rodgers’ second TD pass was a 21-yarder to Greg Jennings with 2:31 left in the first half. That score came four plays after Jarrett Bush set the Packers up with an interception near midfield.

Nick Collins returned the other interception thrown by Roethlisberger 37 yards for a touchdown.

Update: 4:38 p.m.

Jordy Nelson made a leaping catch for a 29-yard touchdown and on the next play Nick Collins intercepted a pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, sending the Green Bay Packers a 14-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers after the first quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday.

New to this big stage against a team filled with ring owners, the NFC champion Packers sure got comfortable fast.

Aaron Rodgers overcame a few nervous misfires to get on a roll during his second series. He hit five straight passes, three to Nelson, while leading Green Bay 80 yards in nine plays for the first score.

The Packers’ defense already had stopped Ben Roethlisberger twice, then came out with the Steelers backed up to their 7-yard line because of a penalty on the kickoff return.

Roethlisberger dropped back near the goal line, pump faked, then threw deep down the left sideline – except, his shoulder was hit by lineman Howard Green, a midseason pickup generously listed at 340 pounds.

The ball fluttered well short of his target and Collins saw it all the way. Like a baseball player running under a pop fly, he made the interception and took off for the end zone. He didn’t face much opposition until he got close, then weaved between a few Steelers and dove over the goal line. Teams that have returned an interception for a touchdown are 10-0 in Super Bowls; this was the 14th such time that’s happened.

Collins’ celebration drew a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, but he didn’t even savor the moment the most. The wildest celebrant was beefy nose tackle B.J. Raji, who went near the Pittsburgh sideline and did the same hip-swiveling dance he did in the end zone after returning an interception for a touchdown himself in the NFC championship game.

Pittsburgh’s right tackle Flozell Adams hurt his left shoulder trying to stop Collins at the end zone. His return was questionable, a blow for an offensive line already having to replace Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.

Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden went out with a hip injury. His return also was questionable.

The first Super Bowl held at $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium came following a week of ice and snow that caused all sorts of problems. Hopes for an uneventful gameday were ruined when several sections of temporary seats were deemed unsafe, forcing organizers to move 400 people outside and relocate another 850.

Those inside sure seemed to be enjoying themselves – from former President George W. Bush to baseball slugger Alex Rodriguez, who was seen having popcorn shoveled into his mouth by actress Cameron Diaz.

Original Post: 3:30 p.m.

The Green Bay Packers have kicked off the Super Bowl, sending Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers onto the field first.

Judging by the number of Terrible Towels waving, the Steelers had a decided edge among the fans at Cowboys Stadium. A record crowd of more than 105,000 was expected.

Before the game, about 1,250 seats were deemed unsafe. About 400 fans were sent outside and promised triple refunds, the rest relocated.

The Steelers are seeking their third Super Bowl title in six years. They already have the most championships with six. This is their eighth appearance, tying the Dallas Cowboys for the most.

The Packers – a sixth seed from the NFC – are seeking their fourth championship. The last came with Brett Favre at quarterback, in January 1997.

Emotions were high. Tears slipped from the eyes of Steelers cornerback William Gay as Christina Aguilera sang the national anthem. Perhaps emotion was behind Aguilera flubbing some of the lyrics.

This is the 45th edition of the nation’s largest annual sporting spectacle, an informal holiday of eating, drinking and watching both the game and the commercials. It’s the first time the Cowboys have hosted.