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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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    Lucas 09-10-2012 03:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.173 (total posts: 1)
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    Have to disagree on the Perrish Cox-Jermichael Finley incident. Now, I don't know if Cox purposely stepped on Finley foot, but most certainly, Finley walked over Cox. Cox had every right to stand up and knock Finley down. Finley blatantly put both legs over Cox to stradle him. If he didn't do it on purpose, then he would have just walked around him. That was all on Finley.
    pshi3 09-10-2012 02:12 pm xxx.xxx.xxx84.1 (total posts: 1)
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    I like how you cover the games unlike biased espn. they just talk about lucks debut instead of showing how dominate the bears looked on offense. bear down
    Jags 09-10-2012 01:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.229 (total posts: 1)
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    Blaine Gabbert looks light years ahead of where he was last year. I agree, Blackmon wasn't as involved as I would have like to have seen him. The game should have never went to overtime, but that is the life of a Jag fan.
    Ryan 09-10-2012 12:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
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    You forgot to mention that Finley tried to teabag Cox. Finley deserved to get flipped. Cox may be a scumbag but Finley deserved what he got.
    Matt 09-10-2012 12:35 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.34 (total posts: 3)
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    EDITOR'S NOTE: I hate fantasy football sometimes. Arian Foster left Thursday's practice and didn't do anything Friday because of a knee injury. He was a game-time decision, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen said that he would be limited. Well, Foster had 26 carries to Ben Tate's five. F*** you, Mort.
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    Because Tate is more talented than Foster, right Walt? lmao.
    Ahhh... 09-10-2012 10:24 am xxx.xxx.xxx.216 (total posts: 11)
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    "Perhaps he'll improve as he ages and matures."

    What you did there, I see it.
    love the steelers 09-10-2012 10:15 am xxx.xxx.xxx.124 (total posts: 1)
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    but manning just took them to school, if he stays healthy they'll make a run
    Billy 09-10-2012 10:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx0.33 (total posts: 3)
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    @JetsGuru: The Jets had a questionable roster to begin with and literally did nothing in preseason offensively. Walt wasn't the only person who said they were going to struggle.

    Also, I like how all the Jets fans are saying " I knew they could score" AFTER the fact. None of you opened your mouths before the game started, so let's not rip Walter too much when you know deep down you weren't expecting much either.
    Koy Detmer 09-10-2012 10:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx.142 (total posts: 1)
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    I'll defend Vick a little bit even though he was awful yesterday. He's been told to be more of a pocket passer than a scrambler, which is ridiculous because it takes out the best part of his game. Just let him run Andy. If he gets hurt, he gets hurt.
    RJ 09-10-2012 08:32 am xxx.xxx.xxx.142 (total posts: 1)
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    How good do the Bears feel right now? Coming off a 20 point win, they can apply just as much pressure as the 9ers, and their offense looks to be more powerful than San francisco's. Do I smell a 2-0 start for them and an 0-2 start for the Pack?
    Mitch 09-10-2012 07:58 am xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 2)
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    Idk that forward progress call on the redskins saints fumble was almost as bad as the pass interference call.
    Yeah 09-10-2012 07:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.238 (total posts: 2)
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    sure the jets scored 48 points. but the bills suck... or did you take a season off last year?
    JetsGuru 09-10-2012 07:23 am xxx.xxx.xxx.195 (total posts: 1)
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    Even as a Jets fan, I didn't expect 48, but I knew this offense was going to be a lot better than in preseason. Just look at the 49ers last year. Preseason is a very unreliable measuring tool. But hey, you were just jumping onboard the Jets hate bandwagon. It was expected of you.
    NlGGA WIT THA BIG NUTZ 09-09-2012 08:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.254 (total posts: 2)
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    Also:

    Hard to say if beating the 2012 Saints is all that impressive yet but one thing you can say about RG3 is he did his job, which is more than I can say about some of these bums. Take the Dolphins. What a load of crap. What are they thinking down there!! I'm no GM but Miami looks like it a team thrown together at random right now. Hope they figure it out!!
    NlGGA WIT THA BIG NUTZ 09-09-2012 08:54 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.254 (total posts: 2)
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    So I kept it real all the while!!

    My God the Packers look terrible, what a bunch of buffoons!

    Looks like Russ Wilson was overhyped! Too bad because I liked the kid.

    The Chiefs and Bills still suck, I don't know how people into thinking those teams are any good but there's always a couple every year.

    Patriots and Bears look excellent. Come and get some haters!!





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