IRVING -- This week, everything is slowing down for Aaron Rodgers.
He means everything.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback climbed behind the wheel of a Super Bowl courtesy car Tuesday and took to the ice-covered roads of North Texas.
"I enjoyed driving on a highway with semi-trucks going 25 mph, which is a new experience for me," Rodgers said. "Because living in Wisconsin, you're diving [where] they actually know what to put on the roads so you can drive on 'em at a decent speed.
"Out here, I guess they put sand on the road... but it was fun going 40 mph and being in the fast lane."
Keep it simple
Troy Aikman sees that how the Steelers play defense can wear out a quarterback two different ways.
"It's not only physically exhausting; it's mentally exhausting for a quarterback. That, in my opinion, is why they're so difficult to play against," said Aikman, the former Cowboys quarterback and a three-time Super Bowl winner who will be working SB XLV as Fox booth analyst Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers can relate to that, and has a plan in mind for it.
"You have to simplify," Rodgers said of the Steelers. "They want to make you think too much... [and] in case you guess wrong, just know that there'll be times they'll disguise their coverage and pressure, and so just know where you're going to throw the football."
Rodgers added that the Packers work every day against a 3-4 defense with similar 3-4 blitzes as the Steelers use. It's the defensive scheme the Packers also run.
The Packers were left with no choice but to head over to the Highland Park High School indoor practice facility after SMU's outdoor field was deemed unplayable.
When coach Mike McCarthy mentioned the move during Wednesday morning's news conference there were a few looks of concern about using a high school facility.
McCarthy quickly dismissed those concerns.
The Packers players were thoroughly impressed once they finally reached the facility.
Packers will lose?
According to an EA Sports' Madden 11 video game simulation, the Packers are due for a 24-20 loss.
In the simulated game, Aaron Rodgers threw an interception to Steelers safety Ryan Clark in the game's final seconds.
The Madden simulation has correctly predicted the winner in six of the last seven Super Bowls.
The actual practice
Wednesday's practice focused on base packages, third-down situations and specific special-teams scenarios. The session was about 25 minutes shorter than usual.
"The guys are fresh, they're ready," Mike McCarthy said. "I want to keep the risk for injury low leading up to the game, which is why we shortened some things today.
"I did not put the pads on them last week because we were coming off a situation where we had played five must-win games in a row, and our linemen were beat up."
The Packers listed four players on the injury report: tackle Chad Clifton (knees), guard Jason Spitz (calf) and linebacker Erik Walden (ankle) were limited. Frank Zombo was a full participant. Normally a starter, Walden worked primarily with the second team.
The Packers will return to Highland Park today and Friday.
Ray Buck and Tobias Xavier Lopez, 817-390-7760