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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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    Seth 11-19-2012 01:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.17 (total posts: 1)
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    Spot on with your recap of Cin Vs KC Walt, but its @saveourchiefs not @savethechiefs.
    DJ Dana 11-19-2012 11:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.56 (total posts: 1)
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    It's too bad the Redskins are so thread bare of talent, RG3 is amazing but he's basically doing it all by himself with the notable exception of their rookie RB. Would love to see them fill in some key pieces once they've moved past giving all their picks to the Rams the next 2 years.
    DRam 11-19-2012 11:37 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 3)
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    Texans' D obvioulsy took Sunday off. The 2ndary was getting torched! The frond 7 was getting no pressure on the QB. The defense was the difference in the game as it hasn't played this bad to inferior talent since 2009. But this is yet another example of "this is the NFL". Any team can beat anybody. They need to take the positives from this game, namely, the offense putting up crazy numbers with a struggling run game, as they go into Detroit on Turkey Day on three days rest. Jonanthan Joseph is to get MRI on hammie...Megatron is licking his chops!
    Robert 11-19-2012 11:13 am xxx.xxx.xxx.236 (total posts: 3)
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    I can't be too hard on the Steelers for this loss. Leftwich was indeed terrible, and there were some stupid penalties that killed scoring opportunites. Bad had been been healthy, this game could have been a blowout. The defense held what was the 3rd highest scoring offense in the league to 6 points. What more can you ask for?

    I'm not minimizing the errors or special teams gaffe. Those are inexcusable and often separate the good from the great. But I feel good about the Steelers now. If Ben can go .500 from here on out, they should make the playoffs. After that, anything could happen.
    GoColts 11-19-2012 09:52 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.88 (total posts: 1)
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    I don't think anyone thought that the Colts where anything close to making a serious run in January. Especially with their top 2 CB's out, (Even with those 2 CB's their defense is still sub-par at best) they are not at the championship contender level that NE is.

    But I would say that their play does put them somewhere in the top half of the NFL, despite the Patriot beatdown they received.
    Chiefs Red 11-19-2012 09:24 am xxx.xxx.xxx6.12 (total posts: 1)
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    Walt, you are so wrong about the Chiefs not all wearing black. The seats at Arrowhead are red, so you were just looking at all those empty red seats, all 10,000 fans that were there had black on. lol
    Skins fan 11-19-2012 04:41 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.74 (total posts: 1)
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    Really, all u can talk about is how bad the eagles were. Not the record setting day for Griff or the improved D?
    Lou 11-14-2012 01:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.11 (total posts: 1)
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    How about Fisher not calling a TO when the clock was ticking down to zero?

    Rams had that game. I thought Fisher was supposed to be a great coach. Mental moron more like it.
    Tiger 11-13-2012 05:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx03.3 (total posts: 1)
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    Brandon Marshall is a man.
    Sportmentary 11-13-2012 02:55 am xxx.xxx.xxx.149 (total posts: 1)
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    I can't believe how well Peterson is playing. He's leading the NFL in rushing, after a serious injury. Very few players in NFL history could recover like AP has. He said yesterday that he's almost back to where he should be. I can't wait to see that!

    http://www.sportmentary.com/2012/11/sportmentary-decided-to-do-recap-of.html
    Write them all Walt 11-12-2012 10:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.186 (total posts: 1)
    13     25

    Walter, I love catching up on all the games I didn't see with your recaps here. You add a unique take and have an interesting and slightly tongue in cheek writing style. Sadly this Campbell guy puts me to sleep everytime I attempt to read one of his reports! His writing is bland and unimaginative and tells you nothing you couldn't see in a box score. Please write them all in future Walt!
    Joe 11-12-2012 09:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.10 (total posts: 1)
    17     7

    Quit your whining about the fake FG.

    I want my team putting their foot to their throat and actually slitting it.
    Hawks 11-12-2012 09:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.234 (total posts: 2)
    24     6

    Dont worry Walt, I will give you some help on some of the Seahawks highlights you should have talked more about...

    Green Bay fans should rejoice that their favorite player Golden Tate, ended Sundays game with a higher QB rating than Mark Sanchez.

    It seems those who thought Sidney Rice was a bust of a free agent were right... He only had 2 receptions!!! Both of which were TDs...

    Marshawn Lynch's 120+ yards put him past the century mark again

    Bruce Irvin, whom many people trashed after the draft (including Walt), is currently the rookie leader in sacks, after registering another 2 in Sundays game.

    Richard Sherman, whom many ripped for his post game antics against Tom Brady and the Patriots, continued his dominant season, by registering his first career sack, another interception, and a forced fumble. Receivers that went against him were shut out... NO receptions.
    FatTurner 11-12-2012 05:57 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.189 (total posts: 1)
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    The burner is done! all of his big yardage games come mostly off 1-2 busted plays that go for a big run. I honestly have no idea why atlanta wont give quizz 15-20 touches a game. He may be short but he's not SMALL. Falcons could easily still be undefeated with little doubters if only they could establish a run game. But instead they can let turner eat all the ice cream he wants, get a DUI and still play many more snaps then Quizz...
    Vince 11-12-2012 05:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.99 (total posts: 4)
    9     6

    @ "Mike Vick"

    Actually, that one was by Charlie Campbell. In Walt's 'Editor's Note' he is QBDK still.





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