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The Steelers and Packers go head to head Sunday in Super Bowl 45.  (Source: AP)

The Steelers and Packers go head to head Sunday in Super Bowl 45. (Source: AP)

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DALLAS (CBS4) – For fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers it comes down to today when they go head to head in Super Bowl 45.

In a last-minute roster move, the Steelers have placed Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey on injured reserve and signed center-guard Dorian Brooks from the practice squad. Backup Doug Legursky will make his first NFL start at center in place of Pouncey.

For Green Bay, outside linebacker Erik Walden was a bystander during the Packers’ jog-through practice, putting his availability for the Super Bowl in doubt. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says no decision will be made on Walden’s status until a few hours before kickoff. If Walden can’t play, Frank Zombo would start.

The AFC champion Steelers are trying for a record seventh Super Bowl title in their eight tries while the NFC champion Packers bring a 3-1 Super Bowl record into the big game.

NFL commissioners can’t root, but Roger Goodell is predicting a terrific night as the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers square off in the Super bowl.

Goodell notes that both teams have fans everywhere and that’s what will make the game fun.

While last weeks snow and frigid temperatures forced the cancellation of a number of Super Bowl week events, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning says forget the weather for the big game because the Super Bowl will be a barn burner. Manning says he expects the game between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers to go down to the wire.

President Barack Obama will be throwing a Super Bowl party tonight, even though his home team Chicago Bears won’t be playing in Texas. Obama is inviting about 100 people, and the theme seems to be one of neutrality. Lawmakers and officials from both parties are invited to the White House get-together.

Oddsmakers have made Green Bay about a two-point favorite. The Packers are seeking their fourth Super Bowl title while the Steelers are going for a record seventh.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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