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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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    @Chris 11-05-2012 01:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.145 (total posts: 1)
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    Learn how to 'right' hahahaha. Way to learn your English
    Mr. McSwag 11-05-2012 11:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx.224 (total posts: 1)
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    If the Giants are somehow still the #1 team in your power rankings, there is no hope for you Walt.
    @Replacement Officials 11-05-2012 11:09 am xxx.xxx.xxx23.3 (total posts: 3)
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    Absolutely right, the Steelers almost got screwed over. I'd rather see them back over the regular ref's.
    Chris 11-05-2012 11:05 am xxx.xxx.xxx23.3 (total posts: 3)
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    Learn how to right a sentence first then talk. Every team makes mistakes, so does that mean every team in the NFL is dumb? The pick Rivers threw on the 1 yard line was stupid to throw. But it was stupid by Turner to call that play. That's exactly why as a Charger fan I think he will be fired next season. Lastly, let me correct your first sentence to make it sound like you have a education. "Having allowed only 157 points still can mean the Chargers are dumb. No need for the doesn't and aren't learn your English.
    @Chris 11-05-2012 09:53 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.33 (total posts: 3)
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    Having allowed only 157 points so far doesn't mean that the Chargers aren't dumb. The stupid mistakes they make on offense and stupid penalties they take on defense make them dumb. Maybe you should try and defend with something that actually is relevant to your argument next time. "They aren't dumb, look at their points allowed!" ??what?
    Replacement Officials 11-05-2012 09:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 6)
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    I thought we were the ones that sucked?
    Seems like the regular umps screw up as much as we did
    Chris 11-05-2012 09:25 am xxx.xxx.xxx23.3 (total posts: 3)
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    Walt you think your always right. Your basically always wrong. How are the Chargers one of the dumbest teams in the NFL. If you actually knew football you would know the Chargers Defence is ranked 3rd in points allowed (157). Chiefs (240), so the game went exactly how anyone who knows football would predict. Learn your facts before you Dis a team that you don't like.
    Obama 11-05-2012 02:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 1)
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    Can someone please tell me what MPVP stands for?
    @ Logan 11-02-2012 09:33 am xxx.xxx.xxx.254 (total posts: 3)
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    The final score in those Broncos losses were all much closer than they should have been. The Falcons, Texans and Pats were all up by 2 or 3 scores late in the game, the Broncos just scored some garbage time TDs to catch up a little bit.
    Logan 11-01-2012 04:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 5)
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    @broncos?
    I don't remember them getting destroyed.......
    I guess you were watching a different game...
    Broncos? 10-31-2012 04:33 am xxx.xxx.xxx.232 (total posts: 3)
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    They get to beat up on teams like Oakland, Kansas, San Diego, injured Steelers team and a Saints team everyone is beating. But they get Sandusky'd when playing teams like the Pats, Texans and Falcons.

    Win a big game already.
    Aom 10-31-2012 02:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx.200 (total posts: 1)
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    A goat field? It is pretty bad. I pleayd there a couple of weeks ago. The greens are definitely, shall we say, challenging. I had one putt that hit something probably dirt.. and bounced straight up and another straight to the right both were pretty good putts of course. Still, it is a good place to practice your short game. Their are lights. However, I don't think they actually work. Stay out of the patch of woods on the 11th and 12th holes. I think they're inhabited at least that's the legend. I pleayd my first ever round of golf at Melrose .30 years ago or there abouts so it has a special place in my memories. Shoes weren't required then maybe they're still not.
    Paola 10-31-2012 02:05 am xxx.xxx.xxx.220 (total posts: 1)
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    11.09.11 at 3:10 pmSous ChefLeast of the Week had to be Charlie Peprah from Green Bay who failed to play the game right and not take a knee when he fioloshly thought he had a chance at a second pick-6 for his greedy TD hoarding self. Shame you, talented safety.
    Chris 10-29-2012 11:20 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.10 (total posts: 1)
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    so Arizona was down 24-3 in the 4th quarter and faced a 4th down and 10 on their own 30 with 7:30 left. They needed 3 TDs and a miracle to tie the game. If you punt, though, you bring your chance of tying it from very bad to almost 0. Then they punted. Why do coaches choose to lay down and die instead of take a chance here? A loss by 21 is the same as a loss by 28 is the same as a loss by 2. I see this ALL the time. It happened in the Sunday night game too...down 31-7 with 13 minutes left facing a 4th and ONE from their own 30, the Saints also punted. Odds are unlikely to make a comeback anyway, but surely going for it gives you more a chance to win than just giving the ball away. WTF?
    stupid 10-29-2012 05:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.247 (total posts: 1)
    5     14

    it looked like pittsburghs offence was schemed up by a 12 year old playing madden.





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