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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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    anon 10-29-2012 03:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.254 (total posts: 3)
    27     5

    Just read that Vick is getting benched. I wonder if Warren Moon thinks that's racist too.
    BigPedro 10-29-2012 03:23 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 4)
    22     26

    @Logan
    stop boxscore reading. pay for the sunday ticket and watch some games.The Falcons were up 27-7 and took their foot of of the pedal. Matt Ryan threw the ball 3 times in the second half. They tend to ease up after big leads when I as a fan wish they would pummel their opponents into the ground. The Broncos scored 2 4th quarter touchdowns to get back in the game. But yes, Atlanta manhandled them. I am not sipping Kool-Aid. no need to. Bill Parcell's said "You are what your record is." Atlanta is undefeated and will be 8-0 in a week. Dallas sucks. Tell me Logan. How many games does Atlanta have to win to get some respect this year??
    Logan 10-29-2012 02:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 5)
    42     41

    @@bigpedro

    The falcons didn't even man handle the bronocs, they barely stopped a comeback. Now that the Broncos have found their groove, they would have destroyed the falcons.

    Big pedro
    You talk about other people's bias? Stop sipping the falcon cool-aid.

    BigPedro 10-29-2012 02:07 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 4)
    5     59

    Everyone keeps thinking this is the Falcons of the past. We keep killing teams in the first half and taking the foot of the pedal in the second. Just shows how human bias is ridiculous. Undefeated. 4 and 0 on the road. MVP candidate and QB. At the top of the charts for turnovers forced. And no one give them credit. It's always "the other failed" against Atlanta. Everybody better start practicing the dirty bird!!
    skaff 10-29-2012 01:46 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.29 (total posts: 1)
    5     4

    No Walt's probably biased because qb dog killer is a criminal and shouldn't be in the NFL and is extremely overrated and so is desean I'm gonna sit out Jackson
    CS 10-29-2012 01:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 1)
    10     4

    Dick LeBeau is now 14-1 against Rookie QBs not 1-14...does nobody proof read on this site?
    Affeands 10-29-2012 10:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx08.7 (total posts: 1)
    7     3

    11.09.11 at 3:35 pmStabby PantsIn light of the fines today, I propose a new faomrt for the next Ravens/Steelers game: We take Ryan Clark and James Harrison and place them in one end zone, put Ray Lewis and Terrel Suggs in the other end zone, put Goodell on the fifty yard line, blow the whistle, and the winner of the game will be whichever team can get Goodell's ginger head across their opponents goal line.
    phil 10-29-2012 10:22 am xxx.xxx.xxx2.24 (total posts: 2)
    5     14

    how did stafford start slow? 2 of his 3 touchdown passes came in the first half. nice try walt, nice try.
    waltsAgay 10-29-2012 10:10 am xxx.xxx.xxx.144 (total posts: 1)
    43     8

    Walt,

    Seriously bro, time to get off the Browns nuts. If a rookie LB doesnt drop a gift in his first career game vs the Eagles and a rookie WR doesnt drop a for sure TD vs the colts.....they are 4-4. This teams the 2nd youngest team in the NFL and already starting to gel. Your bias and hatred towards them is hilarious.
    Ugh... 10-29-2012 10:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.57 (total posts: 1)
    6     3

    Reading the Packers Jaguars review. How exactly did Mark Sanchez vs. the Jets???
    @ @BigPedro 10-29-2012 09:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx50.5 (total posts: 1)
    228     227

    How could the Falcons be conceivably worse than the Broncos when they already manhandled them this season?
    @Bigpedro 10-29-2012 08:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 5)
    32     24

    Cowboys fan here:
    No doubt you guys will probably beat us..... but you are definitely not the best team, Maybe third behind Green bay and the giants,

    nvm 4th behind the broncos too
    BigPedro 10-29-2012 08:09 am xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 4)
    5     5

    I was reading the Falcons/Eagles recap and was shocked that I didn't see "I Matt Ryan doesn't complete those 3 touchdown passes. The Eagles win 17 to 9". Atlanta is the best team in the NFL. 4 and 0 on the road, outdoors where Atlanta is supposed to suck. 3 in blow out fashion!! Can't wait to see the Cowgirls stroll into the Dome next week. Can't wait to read this website's preview of how Dallas will come in and destroy Atlanta!! Dirty Birds baby!!
    uhh 10-29-2012 04:57 am xxx.xxx.xxx.232 (total posts: 3)
    7     5

    What do you mean Calvin Johnson was a huge disappointment AGAIN? He is 5th among WRs in yards and only 35 yards less than Victor Cruz even with one less game played.
    Kniknan 10-29-2012 04:46 am xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
    6     5

    Maybe he caused a scene to ppoele like you. Most ppoele really don't care. He is going to go on ESPN and talk about it if they ask him too. People like you take these things the wrong way. Grow up.





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