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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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    Do you guys know... 10-19-2012 09:09 am xxx.xxx.xxx.210 (total posts: 1)
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    That after a Safety occurs it becomes a FREE kick Meaning that it is a PUNT, not a Kickoff, and what happens when a player of the punting team touches a punted ball before the receiving team??? It becomes a dead ball and the receiving team gets possession. Learn the Rules before you start writing down lies. Also if you don't believe me look it up. The play after the resulting safety must be a Drop Ball Kick Off. Meaning the Kicker must Drop the Ball to kick it. It's not a kick off it's a punt.
    Chris 10-19-2012 09:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx26.3 (total posts: 6)
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    The point shaving comment is ridiculous. The Lynch fumble was a judgment call, and one that was called immediately. Plus I don't even know recovered.

    As for the declined safety, why would Harbaugh take the penalty and give Seattle any chance of winning? If you take the safety Seattle still needs to kick off...could possibly get the ball back. Sure, they'd need two scores in 40 seconds, but wouldn't you much rather just take a knee and win if you were going to get the ball with the turnover on downs anyway?

    Huge win for San Fran. though. With the division so tight any win over a divisional opponent is huge.
    Remember Josh Morgan? 10-19-2012 08:35 am xxx.xxx.xxx.136 (total posts: 1)
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    SFO lost their 2nd best WR last year in garbage time; their starting receivers in the NFC Championship game were Crabtree, Williams, Brett Swain, and Joe Hastings.

    When faced with the choice of ending the game immediately or going through an attempted onside kick and potentially more defense, Harbaugh did the right thing in ending the game immediately.
    Too Lazy to get Voter ID 10-19-2012 08:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx.140 (total posts: 6)
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    Harbaugh did the right thing by declining the safety. It is too easy to have someone injured on an onside kick. Unlike gamblers, his job is ti win the football game, not cover a spread.
    bawambi 10-19-2012 07:30 am xxx.xxx.xxx93.2 (total posts: 1)
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    On top of it at the end of the game the "officials" ran off more than 15 seconds against Seattle without resetting the playclock. First 11-12 on a false start without resetting and then 2-3 after the whistle blew. Can anyone tell me if anybody in the crew worked other famous shady results - the Steeler game where hairboy ran it back for the score for example...Someone had SF - 6.5 lol
    shady as can be, as usual... 10-19-2012 04:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.10 (total posts: 1)
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    THank god i didn't have money on my account for this one, becuase i honestly coulden't take betting on another fixed game.. All though, id of bought the niners down to 6.5, so i suppose i'd of WON..llol


    But still, its amazing that these games don't ever get talked about as being fixed.. Obviously not taking a safety, and Alex Smith not throwing to a wideopen Randy Moss when he had Frank Gore frantaically pointing at em like "dude throw it to randy!!!!" is a bit say i say, shady????lol What a joke these games are now a days.. Its like Vegas dosen't even try and hide it anymore.. They know that if crazy obvious plays to fix a game are involved, they'll only be spoke abouut for a few minutes at most and then that will be it..
    nick 10-19-2012 12:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.101 (total posts: 1)
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    your right that by getting the safety it would be a 2 possesion game but lets be real. the kick adds more time to people sitting there. just do the kneel down and go home. the odds of fumbling the snap and then returning it for a 99-yard TD are like .000000001%
    PG2810 10-18-2012 03:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx.174 (total posts: 1)
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    VEGAS is an amazing 6-0 this season on Thursday Night.... Bet with the house you guaranteed a win!!!
    Sheesh 10-16-2012 04:05 am xxx.xxx.xxx.163 (total posts: 1)
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    AFC West has to be the worst division in football. When was the last time anyone in that division had a win of significance?

    Chargers were leading the division with wins against Raiders, Chiefs and Titans.

    2 or 3 of the worst 5 franchises in that division.
    That guy 10-16-2012 01:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 1)
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    Backup QB situation:

    Drop Jay Cutler
    Pick up Christian Ponder

    Thumbs Up or Down
    Zack 10-15-2012 06:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
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    Quick etiquette question: Is it permissible (from a sportsmanship standpoint) to bench your last remaining player (the fumble-prone McGahee) for the Monday night game if you've already got the win locked up?

    Thumbs up = fair play
    Thumbs down = bad form
    SuperCapper 10-15-2012 05:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.111 (total posts: 1)
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    take Cards/Carpenter today baseball fans.
    nick 10-15-2012 05:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.82 (total posts: 1)
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    Pack was a lock!
    Nobody 10-15-2012 02:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.195 (total posts: 1)
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    Does Chargers-Broncos really matter? Chargers will win division anyways.
    L. Mercer 10-15-2012 10:40 am xxx.xxx.xxx.182 (total posts: 1)
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    Re: Browns v Bengals

    Weeden's lone touchdown? You missed the TD pass to Ben Watson.





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