"We're going to enjoy this tonight. I'm just happy I was able to get the proverbial monkey off the Matthews' back."
Mathews is especially thankful to share this with his family.
"I got to see my mother and father out there," he said. "They're loving it, enjoying it. So much hard work goes into this. For them to be able to be a part of this is truly fantastic."
"It's really film work and preparation," Matthews said." I had a feeling that play was going to come. I was telling our defense to be prepared for it.
"I saw the play coming back my way. Fortunately, I was able to tell my (defensive end) what to do, and I was able to make the play. It was the right time."
"They were driving on us; we were able to turn it into points, which was the difference in the game," Matthews said.
Nelson's improbable journey
"You always dream big," Nelson said with his one-year-old son, Royal, seated on his lap. "I guarantee there are kids all over the country playing in their backyards, emulating some great catch in the Super Bowl. It's such a long shot."
Nelson scored the Packers' first touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter, then was called upon time and time again after Donald Driver exited with an ankle injury.
"We go into halftime and all of a sudden we come out without Donald Driver, without Charles Woodson. Guys had to step up and play," Nelson said. "That's how it's been all year."
"That's where we thought we had the (best) matchup," Nelson said. "Pittsburgh is a great defense. Their front seven is hard to do anything on. We thought our best matchup was on the outside, and it's just how the game went.
"We feel there's hardly any DBs out there that can match up with us one-on-one, whether it's four-on-four or five-on-five."
Nelson's numbers could have been even better, had it not been for a few drops. But he wasn't deterred, especially when he dropped what could have been his second touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"If you play this game long enough, you're going to drop the ball. You've got to move on," Nelson said. "We're level-headed. We don't get too high; we don't get too low as a whole wide receiver corps. We weren't panicking at all when (Driver) wasn't coming back, we just said, 'All right, we've got to make some plays.' We knew it was going to be on us."
Emotional day for Wynn
Just hours before kickoff, his wife gave birth to his second son at a local hospital -- an unexpected start to a memorable day that ended with his holding the Lombardi Trophy.
"It's a great feeling," Wynn, a sixth-round draft pick, said afterwards. "To get this win, and to have a child too, I'm just speechless."
Wynn was able to explain just how his wife came to give birth at a local hospital, despite not expecting until Feb. 16. Wynn was out to dinner at a Japanese restaurant next to the team hotel with his family -- his wife, three-year-old son, mother, cousins, and godmother -- when his wife felt something different.
"So she got up and went to the bathroom," Wynn said. "I told my mom to go check on her, and she said (my wife) had fluid come out of her." Her water broke, but "just a little bit," as Wynn described it. Yet Wynn, who had been through this once before three years ago, didn't panic. Instead of taking his wife to the hospital, he went back to the hotel for a team meeting. He didn't mention anything about his wife until the meeting was over, informing director of football operations Reggie McKenzie.
"He told me to stay right there," Wynn said. "When she got back to the hotel, they brought the ambulance and rushed her to the hospital."
Wynn stayed overnight, and his baby boy was born at 9:08 a.m. CT Sunday morning.
Wynn, who was released by the Packers just before the start of this season, and then re-signed Sept. 14, "embraced that moment" and still made it back for the next team meeting at 10:30.
Mother and baby are both doing well.
"I'm just glad it all worked out," a beaming Wynn said. "I'm so happy, I can't explain."
Total team effort
However, the Packers were able to navigate through that injury as smoothly as they had the previous 16 season-ending injuries during the season.
"We were not coming off that field without a ring for a guy like him (Woodson), a guy like Donald Driver, all of those guys," Hawk said. "It was a huge team effort to get here to do this thing."
Good Ben, bad Ben
"It was a tough game; there were probably a lot of throws I'd like to have back," Roethlisberger said following his first Super Bowl loss. "I feel I let the city of Pittsburgh down, my teammates and coaches, too ...
"I feel I let a lot of people down who stood up to fight."
Added coach Mike Tomlin, when asked about his quarterback's struggles: "It was a losing effort, just like mine. In some instances, it was dang good. In other instances, it was below the line, and that's one of the many reasons why we fell short."
A shot that fell short
"We did; we had the momentum," Randle El said. "They came out and made a real big play on third down up the middle. We got the ball back with two minutes to go and had a chance to win the game. That's what you live for. We had a shot."
No ring for Flozell
A loss was not the end Adams was looking for on his return trip to Texas.
"I'm upset, of course," Adams said. "We didn't come out with a win. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times."