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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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    Douglas 08-02-2012 12:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx.161 (total posts: 1)
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    11.02.09 at 10:27 pmKevinJaguars have always been a run denfsee team. This play pissed me off so bad yesterday. Brian Russell ruined that game for the Jaguars. Tho Reggie Nelson should NEVER have been playing CORNER when he is a SAFETY (if u even want to call him that.) Reggie misses a tackle at the line of scrimmage then Russell gets knocked out like a B1tch.
    Denys 08-02-2012 12:12 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 7)
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    Nice Work Alex!Cool video of buds playing some barkyacd pigskin. Was it after Thanksgiving Dinner? Heh!Glad to see you are living the dream of me and a lot of aspiring sports media professionals.
    Hayckal 08-01-2012 11:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 7)
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    11.03.09 at 4:34 pmSkim172At least Landry and Gay made contact brfeoe getting thrown like a rag doll. And they got trucked by Jacobs and Peterson. Big guy and Purple Jesus.Johnson's what, 180 pounds? And Russell didn't get trucked the top of his helmet sorta touches Johnson's shoulder pad, but that, that's all Russell right there. Jacksonville really doesn't have anyone better? Has Del Rio just given up on this football thing?
    Avijit 08-01-2012 11:04 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 7)
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    Despite my chagrin, I will hudlde under the table as I say, the bengals. The turn-over in players from last season and many seasons prior has done the team some good. The trading of Mr. Chad Ochocinco and Mr. Carson Palmer has increased the overall morale. Without so much of the negativity, I think they will do much better this season. Now, let's talk about T.O.
    Maizatul 07-31-2012 02:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.93 (total posts: 1)
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    being a long time dallas fan sad to say its been more bad than good but isnt that what being a fan is all about rotoing for your team through the good times and the bad even though it seems there are more bad than good i picked my team when i was seven sadly foy the colors and star but now i am 37 and love them for more than the colors and the star today wich go boys tonite!!!!!
    Divine 07-31-2012 02:10 am xxx.xxx.xxxnown (total posts: 3)
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    05.03.11 at 1:41 pmUnfrozen Caveman LawyerI would put Charles Haley's transformation from stone cold kiellr to lovable grandpa on par with George Foreman's. Neither of those transformations can hold a candle to Mike Tyson's though.
    Deborah 07-02-2012 01:59 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.84 (total posts: 1)
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    I'll say it again. Have you been underestimating the value of Tech plareys? Because the team that won Saturday was better prepared, made fewer penalties and scored more points. This is interesting since Texas catapulted to the top of the ranks and everyone expected it. Tech slowly climbs and people STILL doubt them. Amazing ...Must be "the system". Knot
    Keila 07-02-2012 01:54 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.37 (total posts: 1)
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    What the heck was the saftey (#12) doing on that play... why does he take the "under" route when only two plaecs Crabtree can go is (1) up the field or (2) out of bounds? How horrible was the Texas defense on that last drive. Freshman - you have to make that interception on the previous play!!!! It was gift wrapped!!TX and OU are now in the same boat... great offenses with horrible defenses... they are the Texas Tech of 2002-2007.I'm still not convinced about Tech, lets see what they do against OSU (next week at home) then OU (Norman)... i'm thinking a payback is due in Norman for last years "official" review debacle.
    Willy 07-02-2012 01:35 am xxx.xxx.xxx9.71 (total posts: 1)
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    Living on the West Coast, I got to see a lot of Locker. I was always imsspreed with his athleticism and he had a couple of big wins against USC even though his team around him was absolute garbage. He has good arm strength, mobility, is an athletic freak (also drafted to play pro baseball) and is a competitor. He has had struggles with accuracy, but I think that's an overblown knock because of the lack of talent around him. I think if the Bengals could grab him late in the first or top of the second, he'd be a good pick there.
    Edgar 06-29-2012 11:28 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.185 (total posts: 1)
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    Jake Locker is an athlete and a leeadr. Pure and simple. He made a great run in 2009 and put up great numbers, but the players around him last season were less than spectacular which is why he struggled. Jake has great size, great agility for a QB and toughness is definitely not something an NFL team needs to worry about. If Jake can get picked up by a team where he can learn behind an established QB on their way out like McNabb, Kerry Collins or Chad Pennington then he will be a very effective NFL QB. If Jake gets thrown into the league as a Rookie with expectations that mirror the success of Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan and Sam Bradford, than Jake Locker will be destined to fail. (David Carr, Ryan Leaf)Jake Locker has all of the tools and can make all of the throws that an NFL QB needs to be able to make, it is just a matter of having the patience to work with him for longer than 1 training camp before making him the 1st string QB.
    Ceren 06-29-2012 10:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (total posts: 1)
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    i understand the rules but i think some veewirs are right you should do a video explaining the rules so people would get more into the game and in the videos AA ..apart from that great video one more time :D greetings from a proud member of the Boyah Nation Papamaki
    Thole 06-29-2012 08:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.149 (total posts: 1)
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    its a type of offense that was cteared by coach Urban Meyer when he use to coach Bowling Green. He had a horrible QB so he made new scheme where the Qb could run out of the pocket for quick yards or throw for about 5-15 yards. Its the type the Atlanta falcons use to help build on Micheal Vick's strengths.
    Sonia 06-29-2012 05:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 7)
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    I think that the NFL should not ctiuarl endzone celebrations because as a fan i believe that when players such as Chad Johnson and Terrel Owens celebrate, it not only makes the game better but it also makes them better as players and it gives them more hunger for more.
    Solihat 06-29-2012 05:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx1.28 (total posts: 7)
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    there is plenty more to know woman the reorcd for most fantasy points in a season IS held by dan marino s 1984 season when he threw for a reorcd 48 touchdowns. even though peyton manning broke that reorcd with 49 touchdowns, marino threw for 500 more yardsMarino-5,084/48 TD Manning-4,557/49TD.in a single season i would think it was LT 2 years ago when he ran in 3 threw 1 and caught 1. but who knows it could of been tony romo last year with 5 touchdowns against tampa on thanksgiving. he was on my bench behind peyton manning what a shame. Was this answer helpful?
    Elisabeth Constantine 04-05-2012 04:44 am xxx.xxx.xxx8.48 (total posts: 4)
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