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2010 NFL Conference Championship Recaps



Packers 21, Bears 14

  • This game looked like it was going to be a 56-0 blowout. On Green Bay's first drive, Aaron Rodgers hit Greg Jennings on 22- and 26-yard passes. After a 6-yard run and a 6-yard completion to James Starks, Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for 22 yards. Two plays later, Rodgers ran into the end zone on a play-action bootleg. Bang. Game over.

    Well, not really. The Bears did a great job on Rodgers for the rest of the game. The Packers scored just one more offensive touchdown, and the Bears forced Rodgers into a red zone interception. Chicago had a chance to win at the end, but Mike Martz's moronic play-calling thwarted that effort.

  • Rodgers went 17-of-30 for 244 yards, one touchdown (rushing) and two picks (one of which wasn't his fault). He completed seven passes of 20-plus yards. However, the opposing quarterback was the bigger story.

    Jay Cutler was anemic in the first half, going 6-of-14 for 80 yards and an interception, as he constantly overthrew his receivers. Cutler suffered some sort of mysterious knee injury in the second quarter and took himself out of the contest. Despite Brian Urlacher calling him the P-word on the sidelines, Cutler refused to go back into the game.

    I'll have more on this in the power rankings, but Cutler is a major wuss. Philip Rivers played in the AFC Championship on a torn ACL a few years ago, yet Cutler couldn't go because of a little boo-boo? Are you kidding me?

    As this happened, forum member Ryguy commented, "Can't wait to hear what Cutler's injury is."

    Hyperborean quickly answered, "Sand in vagina."

  • After backup quarterback Todd "Tom" Collins embarrassed himself in the third quarter, third-stringer Caleb Hanie stepped in. This invigorated both the crowd and the forum:

    Cal Hanie time!!!!

    Good. They are putting Hanie in. They have a chance.

    Thank god, apparently Hanie is going in.

    Caleb Hanie!!!


    Hanie didn't disappoint, going 13-of-20 for 153 yards, one touchdown and two picks. He led two scoring drives and looked infinitely superior to Cutler. As mentioned, however, Martz screwed Hanie out of a legendary comeback with an awful end-around on a key third down on the final drive.

  • Some key performers: James Starks was very impressive, rushing for 74 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He broke tackles all afternoon. Greg Jennings, meanwhile, hauled in eight balls for 130 yards.

    On defense, B.J. Raji had a pick-six. Sam Shields collected the other two Packer interceptions to go along with a sack and forced fumble.

    As for the Bears, Matt Forte had to do it all by himself for three quarters; he rushed for 70 yards on 17 attempts and caught 10 balls for 90 receiving yards.





    Steelers 24, Jets 19

  • I thought the strength of the Jets was supposed to be their defense. If they were going to lose, it was going to be on Mark Sanchez, right?

    I don't know what happened to New York's stop unit in the first half. Even though the defense held Ben Roethlisberger to 7-of-14 passing for 96 yards and an interception prior to intermission, it could not stop the Steelers. Rashard Mendenhall trampled the Jets for 121 yards on 27 carries. Isaac Redman, meanwhile, chipped in with 27 yards on just four attempts.

    Rex Ryan's defense showed no interest in tackling. It was pathetic. The Steelers actually had more points (24) by halftime than New York ran plays (22).

  • The Jets were better in the second half - perhaps because Maurkice Pouncey injured his ankle - allowing Mark Sanchez to nearly engineer a miraculous comeback. Sanchez went 20-of-33 for 233 yards and two touchdowns, but was ultimately betrayed by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's slow and shoddy play-calling inside the red zone.

    I really have no idea why LaDainian Tomlinson got the ball on the most important play of the game. On 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line of a 24-10 contest, Schottenheimer called for a Tomlinson carry. Tomlinson was predictably stuffed at the goal line. He gained just 16 yards on nine carries, while Shonn Greene generated 52 yards on the same amount of attempts. It's almost as if Todd Haley kidnapped Schottenheimer and took over the play-calling.

  • Having said all that, Sanchez shouldn't have been in that position to begin with. I can't get over how bad New York's defense was. As I wrote in the forums, "The Steelers haven't looked this good against any playoff team all year. I don't get it."

    The Jets simply didn't have an answer for Roethlisberger's scrambling. Big Ben's passing numbers were hardly impressive (10-of-19, 133 yards, 2 INTs), but he evaded enough pass rushers in the backfield and picked up a few key first downs (and a touchdown) to keep the ball out of Sanchez's hands.



    For more, check out my updated 2010 NFL Power Rankings, which will be posted Monday morning.

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    Lance 11-26-2012 04:27 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.137 (total posts: 4)
    6     5

    Why is it that when the Falcons don't make a few plays it's a game they should have lost? If anything it shows that they should have won by more.
    jack 11-26-2012 12:49 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.200 (total posts: 6)
    22     6

    i know brees was harassed all day but he made alot of bad passes. but he never gets criticized
    Shawn 11-26-2012 11:03 am xxx.xxx.xxx.244 (total posts: 1)
    153     10

    I know how much Walt hates people complaining about how he hates their team, but I'm going to do it anyway. Maybe I'll get a shout out in his worst comments section.

    Why the Ravens hate? I didn't expect them to place the ball at the 33.5 either, but the 34 was a reasonable spot and would have given them the first down anyway.

    The pass interference Walt complained about was probably not pass interference, but it was definitely holding. It turned out to be a five yard difference. Big deal.

    Walt is complaining yet again because he lost units on that game. I would have to, but that doesn't mean the Ravens didn't earn this win. Stop letting your betting get in the way of your logic.
    @Longtimevisitor 11-26-2012 10:57 am xxx.xxx.xxx49.2 (total posts: 2)
    55     148

    The measurement was a sham, and to say otherwise would mean you didn't watch the game. They had to replace the chains because they already moved them forward, and it took Steratore forever to make up his mind. Anyone with two eyeballs could see he didn't make it.
    Long-time site visitor 11-26-2012 09:54 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.29 (total posts: 1)
    62     63

    Everyone has a little bit of bias in them, but it's way too easy to see your recaps and perspectives of the games are based on how much money you won/lost.

    Man up, admit you called something wrong instead of every week saying "this team got robbed."

    That 4th down measurement on the Ray Rice play was fine.
    iBlack 11-26-2012 08:35 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.40 (total posts: 1)
    26     92

    Look, I agree that the Falcons have looked dreadful the past few, more like last 5, games. But we (Atlanta) still have the best record in the league. Winning matters most!
    DJ 11-26-2012 06:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 2)
    84     25

    "The Ravens clearly should have lost this game, as they never had a lead."

    Until the final whistle, which is all that counts. Ravens never gave up. Sucks you had money on the game, but gambling isn't free money, it's a risk. Tough luck.
    I.S. 11-26-2012 05:51 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.10 (total posts: 1)
    6     5

    Seahawks looked foolish in the fourth quarter on defense. Baldwin's drop on the sideline was a game changer at the moment. Maintaining possession at that juncture could have sealed the game for Seattle, not to mention it ended Wilson's shot at the team record for consecutive completions at 17, (Moon, 1998, 17 comp.) finished with 16 in a row.
    Rg3 11-24-2012 12:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.156 (total posts: 1)
    17     32

    Another skins victory and all you write about is how bad the other team won.
    Rafanton 11-23-2012 03:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx46.1 (total posts: 1)
    64     6

    What happened to the Recap for the Niners/Bears Game?

    Anyway, I think it is time that you recant and appologize to the Niners and Aldon Smith/Kaepernick for your evaluation of the Niners in drafting them.
    Scoob 11-23-2012 12:36 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.62 (total posts: 1)
    5     4

    I would say Gostkowski's kick was 'pulled' left.
    Juice68 11-23-2012 12:25 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.155 (total posts: 1)
    4     6

    Check out pickmonitor:

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    My best pick this weekend SEA -2.5
    Mike 11-23-2012 10:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.38 (total posts: 1)
    43     72

    You know what you have in Sanchez, so why not at least try with Tebow? Randalllflagg? What can possibly go wrong? How can that team possibly get worse?

    Come on, I don't care if you hate Tebow or think he stinks. Are you a NFL evaluator, even if you are, how are you so sure? When your season is officially over, why not try him for two games? If he doesn't pan out, whatever. Better draft position. Win win situation. The end.

    Just stop this blind Tebow hatred and use real logic from the jets and you would see the benefits.
    come on 11-23-2012 10:09 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.49 (total posts: 1)
    12     4

    Walt i respect you, but i'm tired of going to these reviews and reading reasons why the team you bet on sucked instead of an actual review.
    RandallFlagg 11-23-2012 07:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 2)
    283     104

    Dude get off Tebow's nuts. That guy straight up sucks.

    Not a Jets fan, nor a Sanchez fan (in fact I hate hime since I'm a Notre Dame fan), but Tebow is such a joke he doesn't deserve any playing time.





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