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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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    buddyo96701 11-12-2012 03:33 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.161 (total posts: 2)
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    Walturd, you ugly dog. Keep up the good picks. Riding on your back has given me 2 winning weekends in a row. I refuse to bet on Chiefs tonight so I'm taking the winnings from from a great Sunday morning and regrouping for next week. Don't gloat like a pig when you win and don't cry like a baby when you lose. Oh, by the way you should make Thursdays a no play cuz that is where you really stink as bad as Andy Reid or Rex Ryan. Seriously you need to tighten your Thursdays up a bit.
    Dwheel 11-12-2012 03:06 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.33 (total posts: 1)
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    Actually what y'all are missing is cutler became a runner once he crossed the line of scrimage which he was penalized for so this roughing the passer penalty was a joke..
    Marvin Lewis 11-12-2012 02:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.35 (total posts: 1)
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    Three short bullet points on the team that demolished your beloved Giants? Wow.
    DRam 11-12-2012 11:11 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 3)
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    Hopefully this lays to rest the notion of "Bears are the Best in the League" headlines, and the Packers can resume their role as the leaders of the NFC North.
    DRam 11-12-2012 11:08 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 3)
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    WOW! Love the way you totally ignore how good the Texans defense played. Chicago only scored 6 pts on their own field. I would think Houston's defense had something to do with that. Texans had 4 takeaways, but if it would have been the Bears taking it away, everyone would be saying how great the Bears are at getting the ball out. But Texans were just recipients of a sloppy game.

    As far as the hit on Cutler that would eventually see him out of the 2nd half, footabll purists would say that hit was legal. Cutler had no business exposing himself that way to begin with, but he did and so got lit up.
    Replacement Officials 11-12-2012 11:07 am xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 6)
    9     7

    When are we coming back?
    Mike Vick 11-12-2012 06:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx.186 (total posts: 1)
    36     36

    Hey! You finally used my real name!!
    megatron 11-12-2012 03:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx.232 (total posts: 3)
    12     10

    i thought that was his second td?
    Evita 11-10-2012 07:32 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.226 (total posts: 1)
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    Ive uploaded one to be on there and hanvet gotten picked yet I guess they want the bs plays and not something that will actually happen in a real game
    Ed 11-10-2012 03:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.96 (total posts: 1)
    37     37

    "What a p***y. Get up, you fag!"

    Oh sweet! Misogyny & Homophobia! C'mon Walt, this site is better than this.
    Samuel 11-10-2012 01:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.147 (total posts: 1)
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    11.09.11 at 2:20 pmmistersmithWas rlaylelllyylyy hoping for a Flacco meast, tightening up the unibrow and making it happen metaphorically holding down Big Ben and making him take it like he was an intoxicated 19-year-old college girl held against her will in a bathroom whose door was blocked by off-duty cops. But I guess you don't get a Meast for being the guy you were supposed to be for the first time in like forever. RayRay wiping the smire off of Wald's face was a nice bonus too.
    Kyle 11-09-2012 02:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.34 (total posts: 1)
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    Really people are going to give Gabbert crap going out with an injury? The guy has a torn labrum in his shoulder, which he is playing through, and then takes a hard hit to the same shoulder. As someone who has had this injury before its incredibly painful. Feel free to give him a hard time on poor throws or bad decisions, but don't tell me he is not tough when he is playing through a painful injury.
    Nick B 11-09-2012 01:33 am xxx.xxx.xxx.169 (total posts: 1)
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    The roughing the passer call was on Terrance Knighton, Not Andre Branch
    Da Coach 11-05-2012 08:38 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.163 (total posts: 1)
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    Da Bears. 'Nuff said.
    asdf 11-05-2012 08:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx53.5 (total posts: 1)
    7     6

    newton is still trash... he simply beat a defense that is on pace to break the yardage allowed record





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