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An inside look at Super Bowl XLV

Posted Feb 4, 2011

San Diego safety Tyrone Carter breaks down the Super Bowl XLV matchup that features his former teammates in Pittsburgh against the Green Bay Packers.

SAN DIEGO – The Steelers will seek their third Super Bowl win in five years Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Chargers strong safety Tyrone Carter played in the other two for Pittsburgh. Carter, who signed with San Diego on Oct. 6, played in seven games and made eight tackles on special teams.

He’s thrilled about a Super Bowl XLV matchup that features two regarded 3-4 defenses.

“The defense that comes away with the most turnovers and three-and-outs is going to be key,” Carter said.

The Steelers (14.5 points allowed per game) and Packers (15.0) finished first and second in the NFL during the regular season in scoring defense. Carter said Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s system, which he played in for six years, is predicated on familiarity and understanding by the players that allows for proficient adjustments.

Both Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger need to spread out the defense and try to limit the effectiveness of the blitz by not giving them enough time to operate, Carter said.

“When you spread them out, when you put the quarterback in shotgun and you have them throw quick throws and get them off rhythm, the blitzers won’t get to you fast enough,” he said.

Carter credits Pittsburgh’s team unity and family atmosphere for a portion of its success.

“We were a real close team. It’s like playing with your brothers,” Carter said. “When the tough gets going, they didn’t get beside themselves thinking one guy is better than another. We needed each and every guy there to make everything click at the same time.”

Carter started 12 games for Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu in ’09 on an injury-ravaged Pittsburgh team that finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. One year later, they finished 12-4 and won an AFC Championship.

Could Carter envision something similar for the Chargers, which finished 9-7 during a season with a similar number of injuries?

“In San Diego, we had a lot of talent there. A lot of younger guys. I think once they buy into the system, buy into what’s expected of them and understand the ins and outs, that’s what’s going to make them a better team,” Carter said.

“Once they do that I think they’ll have a great team that will make it to the Super Bowl because the talent is there.”

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