Packers-Bears NFC Championship game blog recap

Posted by Duke Bobber on January 24, 2011 – 2:55 am

Greetings from the Soldier Field press box. We’ll have Green Bay’s inactives in just a moment.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:35
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Inactive for the Packers today: QB Graham Harrell (3rd QB), CB Pat Lee, RB Dimitri Nance, CB Josh Gordy, LB Frank Zombo, G/C Evan Dietrich-Smith, C/G Nick McDonald, and DE Jarius Wynn.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:35
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[Comment From NichalsoNichalso: ]
Noticed that Walden and Hawk were not on the original Injury report now they are. did they get hurt in practice?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:38 Nichalso
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Walden and Hawk were added to the injury report on Friday, but both are active and will start. They were just limited a bit in practice because of some lingering issues, so they were added to the report, but it was nothing to be alarmed about.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:38
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
question about inactives – do they still travel with the team? i’ve noticed since finley has been inactive, he hasn’t been on the sidelines. bigby, on the other hand, has still been on the sidelines in weeks that he’s been inactive
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:39 Guest
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Finley is on injured reserve, which is different from being inactive on gameday. Some of the players on IR have been traveling with the team, some have not. Bigby has been on the 53-man roster and was inactive for the first two playoff games, but he’s active today. Players on the 53 almost always travel, because gameday inactives are not official until 90 minutes before kickoff.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:40
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[Comment From DanDan: ]
Will Bigby play much, or just on special teams?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:40 Dan
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My guess is Bigby will play mostly on special teams, but he could get a snap or two in relief of Peprah at safety too. I wouldn’t expect too much of that, barring injury, however because I don’t think they’ll want to mess with the defensive chemistry at this point.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:41
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[Comment From stevesteve: ]
will silent count be used by rodgers today
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:41 steve
12:41

If necessary, the Packers always have that in the plan. I would imagine on some big third downs it will get pretty loud around here.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:41
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Who’s on kick return duty?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:41 Guest
12:42

Good question. Obviously it won’t be Pat Lee today because he’s inactive, so that leaves James Starks and Jordy Nelson as the top two options, most likely. Unless there’s someone else who’s been kept under wraps.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:42
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Inactive for the Bears today: QB Caleb Hanie (3rd QB), WR Devin Aromashodu, S Craig Steltz, CB Joshua Moore, RB Kahlil Bell, G Herman Johnson, G/C Edwin Williams and DT Marcus Harrison.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:43
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[Comment From KrauseKrause: ]
Who’s answering these questions today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:43 Krause
12:43

This is Mike Spofford, staff writer for Packers.com. Thanks for joining us.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:43
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[Comment From TimTim: ]
Last year we seen the psyco package used with 5 dbs and 5 line backers. Havent seen that this year could we see it today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:44 Tim
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It’s certainly possible. It was unveiled here at Soldier Field last season in December. Dom Capers has a lot of different defensive calls, and there’s more to choose from in Year 2 vs. Year 1 of the scheme. I wouldn’t be surprised by anything.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:45
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[Comment From JeremyJeremy: ]
I’ve been on twitter and keep seeing Mason Crosby was missing long fg attempts on pregame.. how will the wind factor in todays game for him aswell as Tim Masthay & Robbie Gould?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:45 Jeremy
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The wind doesn’t look too bad right now, but you never know with this stadium being right on the lake and the way things can swirl around. As for Crosby in pre-game, I wouldn’t worry too much about the misses. He might have been just hitting the ball to see what the wind would do to it, if anything. He was getting a gauge of things by kicking to both ends.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:46
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[Comment From britpackbritpack: ]
James jones catch in Atlanta was eerily similar to Dorsey levens vs Carolina in 96!!? How crucial is it he doesnt have any jones like lapses today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:47 britpack
12:48

Interesting thought. Hadn’t thought about the comparison to Levens in 96 but I see what you mean. Packers can’t afford to drop passes today, obviously, not just Jones but everybody. The Bears don’t give up the big play and will make the offense move methodically down the field, converting third downs to keep going. They count on the offense making a mistake — like a dropped pass on third down — to get off the field.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:48
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Seems like kickoffs and punts for Green Bay are most effective when they go way right on field, will that happen again today to reduce return yardage?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:49 Roger Pack 67
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[Comment From GabeGabe: ]
What do you think the Packers’ strategy will be on punting to Hester?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:49 Gabe
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I think ball placement will be important. The coaches have talked all week about the combination of ball placement and coverage, and that applies to punts and kickoffs. As for what direction and where they’ll try to place it, I have no idea. But you can bet on directional kicking, and if some punts go out of bounds, that’s OK too.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:50
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[Comment From TimTim: ]
What about the hurry up offense. How can Dom counter the Bears if they use it to prevent substitutions.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:50 Tim
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You pick your best defense based on the personnel the Bears are using — base or nickel, probably nickel — and stick with it. Remember with no huddle, the offense isn’t substituting either, so the defense is going to match up as best they can and go with it.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:51
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[Comment From R.BloodR.Blood: ]
What is Rodger’s attitude today?, quiet or jacked up
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:51 R.Blood
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Seems to me Rodgers has been pretty quiet and low-key all week. That’s pretty much his demeanor most of the time. We’ll see how things go once the game starts, but I think he knows that if he’s out there yelling and screaming, that’s not going to help him. Maybe for other guys, but the QB needs to stay calm and cool, and I expect Rodgers to do that.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:52
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[Comment From TedTed: ]
Bigger day : Rodgers or Cutler ?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:53 Ted
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I’ll put it this way … I think if Cutler has the bigger day, the Packers are in trouble. Rodgers must outplay his counterpart, and the Packers are depending on that.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:53
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[Comment From LaurenLauren: ]
How are the conditions of Soldier Field? Do you thnk it will impact the game a lot?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:53 Lauren
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It certainly looks fine at the moment, but we’ll see how it holds up as the game progresses. Personally, I think too much has been made of the field. Both teams have to play on it, both teams have the shoes and equipment to deal with it. If you aren’t prepared for that, physically and mentally, it’s your own fault.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:54
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[Comment From ScottScott: ]
What if they flip Julius Peppers to Bryan Bulaga’s side?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:55 Scott
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They’ll do that on occasion, around 1/4 or 1/3 of the time, based on what the Packers have encountered before. Will they move him around more today? Perhaps, if he’s having trouble with Clifton. That will all be part of the chess match. Clifton has played well of late against Umenyiora (NYG), Peppers (Week 17), Trent Cole (PHI) and Abraham last week. Packers need another strong game from their old reliable LT today.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:56
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Will Pack mostly use short pass on first down and run Starks on second?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:56 Roger Pack 67
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I think you’ll see a fair amount of short passes, on any down. That’s how the Bears play defense, make you throw short and they come up and tackle. Packers’ challenge will be to try to hit those short throws with guys in space to make some plays. But I do think the Packers will take their shots downfield as well. You have to, to keep the defense honest. Same with the running game.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:59
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[Comment From SBSB: ]
Mike, See many Packer fans yet?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:59 SB
12:59

Stands aren’t very full yet, just trickling in. But I did see a fair amount of GBP tailgaters as our bus was pulling in at the stadium earlier.
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:59
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[Comment From dondrikdondrik: ]
Does having only 4 CBs active today affect the defense or special teams more?
Sunday January 23, 2011 12:59 dondrik
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I don’t think there’s too much impact either way as long as no one gets hurt and has to stay on the sidelines. Bigby and Hall are active today and they haven’t been, so there isn’t much of a change with special teams. CB would get thin in a hurry if someone goes down, but we’ll hope that doesn’t happen.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:01
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[Comment From CheeseHead From HoustonCheeseHead From Houston: ]
It has been said that if the Packers play like they did last week then they have a shot at potentially winning the Superbowl. What do you think?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:01 CheeseHead From Houston
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I think if the Packers play like they did last week, nobody will beat them. That was an otherworldly performance.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:01
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[Comment From ChrisChris: ]
I realize that a lot of the penalties in week 3 were good calls against the offensive line. it seems though that this crew had something against charles woodson. with tramon williams playing like he is, would you anticipate the bears throwing more to woodson? or will the packers use him in the slot for the blitz like they have been?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:02 Chris
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The Packers use Woodson so much in the slot and as a blitzer that if the Bears are going to throw away from Williams, they’ll go after Shields. That’s what the Falcons were doing last week, and Shields gave up a few catches and was called for PI once, but for the most part he was fine. Shields’ abilities to cover one-on-one on the outside have been huge for this defense, but you can bet the Bears will test him again.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:03
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[Comment From CricketCricket: ]
What’s the temperature supposed to be?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:03 Cricket
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Temp is around 20 with light winds. It’s pretty sunny, so it’s a “nice” winter day by the looks of it.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:03
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[Comment From TedTed: ]
MVP TODAY ? ( MOST VALUABLE PACKER?)
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:04 Ted
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Good question. I would say Rodgers but that’s almost too easy. I do think if he plays well, the Packers should win. I’ll take a different tack and say S Nick Collins. All the talk has been that Cutler will make a few ill-advised throws at some point. I think it’s going to be up to Collins back in centerfield to make those plays if/when they occur.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:05
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[Comment From dondrikdondrik: ]
The 70 yard pick six came right after back-to-back PI calls. Was the Pack simply going all out, determined to get a pick no matter the cost (since they had some field to work with)?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:06 dondrik
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No, it wasn’t the defense selling out. It was Williams making a read and a great break on the ball. The Packers, as a whole, just didn’t want to give up the big play for a TD that would have tied the game. They were fine with Atlanta settling for a FG. Tramon had other ideas, however.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:07
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[Comment From R.BloodR.Blood: ]
When the pack win will the players still participate in the pro bowl?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:07 R.Blood
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If the Packers win this game, the players will not participate in the Pro Bowl. That game is next weekend, one week before the Super Bowl.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:07
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
I saw today that one pundit said that Soldier Field was the worst in the NFL–any comments on that?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:07 Guest
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A lot of you continue to ask about the field. I said before I think too much is being made of it. Both teams have to play on it, and both teams are well aware of it and I expect they’ll be prepared with the proper shoes/spikes. If the field plays that big a role in this game, it will be an embarrassment to the NFL, and I have to trust the league when they say the field is fine.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:08
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[Comment From MitchMitch: ]
Will Williams be on Knox?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:08 Mitch
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Perhaps, but I’m not sure if the Packers will match one guy on a specific receiver like that. Sometimes they’ve played that way, and other times they’ve mixed it up. Hester usually lines up in the slot as a WR, but if he lines up wide, I would think Williams might take him.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:09
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[Comment From MJMJ: ]
How do you think Cutler will play today against the Packers’ secondary?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:10 MJ
1:11

That’s the million dollar question all Bears fans are asking. Everyone remembers his four-INT Chicago debut at Lambeau last season. He has thrown nine INT in four games against the Packers. The Packers want to get after him and force him to make mistakes. But they’ll have to stop Forte first or none of that will matter.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:11
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[Comment From CricketCricket: ]
What is the largest cleat NFL players are allowed to use?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:12 Cricket
1:12

Good question that I don’t know the answer to. I’m sure there’s a regulation, however.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:12
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[Comment From ChrisChris: ]
How big an impact will Aromashodu being inactive have on the Bears’ offensive plan, and the Packers’ defensive plan?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:12 Chris
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Not much. The Bears have Knox, Hester and Bennett as their top 3 WR, with Olsen as the top TE. Aromashodu hasn’t been a factor in these matchups this year.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:13
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[Comment From SBSB: ]
Any concerns about Mccalley refereeing this game? Seemed like a Bears homer in week 3.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:13 SB
1:14

I wouldn’t worry about it. Terry McAulay was picked to officiate this game for a reason. Also remember, it’s not the same crew as the Week 3 game, just the same referee. For the playoffs, all-star crews are selected based on the ratings of the officials at various positions.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:14
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[Comment From PezPez: ]
One play that stood out in the Bears/Seahawks game was the direct snap to Forte. Do you think it’s likely that they will try a similar tactic today, or is it possible that they only pulled it out after victory was assured to give Coach Capers something new to think about?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:14 Pez
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I think the latter, and I thought that when I saw it live. The only reason I can think of throwing a halfback pass off a direct snap when you’re up by 20 points in the fourth quarter is to mess with your next opponent.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:15
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Are quick slants to Driver going to be a good way to take some of the pressure off Rodgers? And will BJ be a fullback again today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:15 Roger Pack 67
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I think the quick throws will be key in this game, whether they’re to Driver or whoever. The Bears will make you beat them underneath, and the Packers are going to have to hit those throws to move the chains. As for Raji, I would think we’ll see him as a goal-line fullback again. That would seem a tough alignment to stop, with Johnson and Raji at FB with Kuhn taking the handoff.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:16
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[Comment From KarenKaren: ]
I may have heard them wrong but I believe Fox 11 just said they are wearing 5″ cleats, which they indicated was the 2nd largest available.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:17 Karen
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Thanks for the info. I assume they mean 5/8-inch cleats. We don’t have the audio on the TVs in the press box, so I can’t hear the pre-game show.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:17
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[Comment From Stephen Dublin, IrelandStephen Dublin, Ireland: ]
How will three road weeks in a row affect GB players readiness?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:17 Stephen Dublin, Ireland
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This team doesn’t seem fazed by the road, but three in a row is a pretty daunting stretch. But they knew when the playoffs started this was what it would take to get to the SB, so I don’t think it has bothered anyone. Readiness? With playing last Saturday night and having an extra day of rest before starting to practice for this game, I don’t think readiness is an issue.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:18
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Follow up on Raji fullback package, would the option be to fake the run for a wide open pass play?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:19 Roger Pack 67
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I’m sure that’s an option. Same alignment as last week, only play-action with a TE slipping into the end zone.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:19
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[Comment From KrauseKrause: ]
What do you think Lombardi would think of today’s game?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:20 Krause
1:20

I think he’d be wishing it was colder. 20 degrees wouldn’t cut it for him.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:20
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[Comment From robrob: ]
how do the pack control Olsen
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:20 rob
1:21

Good question. Olsen had a huge game last week vs. Seattle. Against GB, he caught five passes in each of the two games, but was way more productive in the first game (64 yards and a TD vs. just 29 yards). The Packers’ strategy against TEs all season has been to change things up. Sometimes it’s Bishop on them, sometimes Woodson, sometimes a safety. I would think they’ll mix the coverages on Olsen too.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:21
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[Comment From MarkMark: ]
5/8 is what they are wearing 3/4 is the longest. With little grass and frozen dirt, wouldn’t a turf cleat be better? Are we going to see the deep pass early?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:22 Mark
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Thanks for the cleats info. I would think a turf cleat might only make the slipping worse, but I’m no shoe expert. As for the deep pass, I think the Packers will take their shots here and there, but this game will be won with execution of the short passes and third-down conversions on offense. If they can hit a big play somewhere along the line, all the better.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:23
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[Comment From timtim: ]
Why did they decide to have this game at 2? It seems a very odd game time.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:23 tim
1:23

The conference championships have been slated for 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT for several years now. That’s just the schedule. It flips back and forth year by year whether the AFC or the NFC is the early game.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:23
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[Comment From GreenBayInL.A.GreenBayInL.A.: ]
Both the Packers and the Bears have had ups and downs all season long. The Bears are working hard, but the Pack has been in top condition at the 6th seed position. Who has more to lose today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:24 GreenBayInL.A.
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At this stage, I think it’s safe to say both teams have just as much to lose. It’s a SB berth on the line, which doesn’t come around every day.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:24
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[Comment From PackerBackerPackerBacker: ]
Does it look like Starks is warming up to return kicks ?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:24 PackerBacker
1:25

Haven’t seen the Packers line up to practice KO return, but I have to admit my eyes are more on my screen answering these questions than on the field.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:25
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[Comment From FAN FORCEFAN FORCE: ]
What do you think Coach Kevin Greene means to Clay’s level of play?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:25 FAN FORCE
1:26

I think Kevin Greene is becoming a darn good OLB coach, and Matthews is an early beneficiary of that. Matthews has a ton of talent and strength and natural ability and all that, but Greene knows this position, in this defense, as well as anybody on the planet, and he played it as well if not better than anyone for a very long time. He does a great job preparing his OLBs for anything and everything they might see from an opponent.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:26
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
why is shields not returning kicks anymore?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:26 Guest
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Shields is still an option back there, as are Nelson and Starks. I really don’t know which way the Packers are going to go. Of course, the best scenario would be to need the KO returner only once in the game, either at the start of the first or third quarter, right?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:27
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[Comment From Big DaveBig Dave: ]
How much is the recent lack of production from the Packer TEs due to game planning and how much is it due to them not getting open consistently? Will we see more from them today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:27 Big Dave
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I think it’s both. Donald Lee has been a decent option on the goal line, and Quarless gets the ball between the 20s here and there. But without Finley, I think the Packers like their matchups of WRs vs. CBs better, so that’s what they’ve focused on most of the season since Finley went down.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:28
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Crosby has been a little inconsistent this year, will he rise to the occasion today with the added pressure?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:28 Roger Pack 67
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I think Crosby is a pretty mentally tough kicker. I think he wants to go out there in a big situation, and he doesn’t fear that. He hasn’t had an opportunity in a game-winning situation since the Washington game, when his 53-yarder hit the upright. That kick would have been good from 60, but it was ever-so-slightly off target. The Packers won’t shy away from calling Crosby’s number if it comes down to that.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:30
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Are the packers going to give dom capers an extension sometime soon? he has done an AMAZING job at turning this defense from average to elite.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:30 Guest
1:31

I don’t know what Capers’ contract status is, but I’m sure McCarthy would like to keep him around for a while.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:31
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[Comment From packerbackerpackerbacker: ]
how windy is it there on the field? that could play a huge roll in the passing game, much more then the air temp.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:31 packerbacker
1:32

Doesn’t seem too windy at the moment, but kickoff is still a half hour away and the game will last at least 3 hours. A lot could change in that time frame, especially right here on the lake.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:32
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[Comment From dw0313dw0313: ]
Atari Bigbi is playing today. What will his impacet be today since he has been out due to injury for a few weeks.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:32 dw0313
1:32

I think Bigby may play some on special teams, but I wouldn’t think he’d play much on defense, unless Peprah needs a breather or if someone gets hurt.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:32
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[Comment From PackerBackerPackerBacker: ]
Fox reported that the one endzone is painted mud, any evidence of that ?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:33 PackerBacker
1:33

The end zones are a bit chewed up now because both teams have been doing their warmups in the end zones.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:33
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
is there a new NFC championship trophy?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:33 Guest
1:34

Yes, it is new, but I’ m not sure of the genesis of the change. Maybe the league wanted the conf. championship trophy to look more like the SB trophy, I don’t know.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:34
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[Comment From nitschkes a knockoutnitschkes a knockout: ]
Everybody talks about hester being a difference, but when they last played the pack kicked to the sidelines and even out of bounds a lot. I think even if you only net a 30 yard punt and kick it out of bounds but dont give hester a chance to beat you this is smart, since special teams is the only area I see the bears having an advantage.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:35 nitschkes a knockout
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You raise some interesting points. It will be interesting to see how the Packers attack that. Could be your own field position, where you’re punting from, will impact the approach too.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:35
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[Comment From Brent PevreBrent Pevre: ]
Bears have a solid run D, is this the week we see if James Starks “truly” is the future of the Packers backfield?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:35 Brent Pevre
1:36

I don’t know about the future of the backfield, but they’d love to get a big game out of Starks today. I don’t think anyone would be complaining if the offense goes into next year with Grant and Starks both ready to go.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:36
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[Comment From Brandon W.Brandon W.: ]
Do you think we will see alot of blitzes by Charles Woodson today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:36 Brandon W.
1:37

I would think so. This defense seems to be at its best when Woodson is put in aggressive positions. Then again, he blitzed so much against the Bears back in Week 17 that you can bet Chicago will have an answer for it. So then it depends on how Capers counters. All part of the chess match.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:37
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[Comment From KrauseKrause: ]
Which end of the stadium are you located?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:37 Krause
1:38

The press box here is in a weird spot. As you’re watching on TV, I’m on the far corner of the right end zone, on the opposite side of the field to where the cameras are. All the TV replays are like reverse angles from here.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:38
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Will Nelson be the go to guy again today on third down?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:38 Roger Pack 67
1:38

Maybe. He sure came up big last week for Rodgers on some of those. But knowing Rodgers, he’s not looking for a specific guy, just whoever’s open.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:38
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Think Starks brings a little extra today, considering the Bears toying with him on draft day?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:39 Guest
1:40

I don’t think that will factor in for Starks at all. He didn’t seem bothered by it when asked by reporters this week. Let’s remember … it was the sixth round. It’s not like the Bears had him on the phone in the first or second round with a lot of money on the table to be picked there.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:40
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[Comment From JakeJake: ]
Do you think Shields and Williams will be blitzing to surprise the Bears then in the 2nd half bring Woodson in on them?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:40 Jake
1:41

I think anything’s possible. I remember here last year, when the Packers won in September, a key play was an INT by Collins and a long runback inside the 15. Williams blitzed from way outside on that play, and it messed Cutler up. You can bet both teams have studied that play on film this week.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:41
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[Comment From sailorsailor: ]
I heard on espn the official from the first game is calling the game. He called back a lot of plays on GB for that game. What was it – 18 calls?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:42 sailor
1:42

I touched on this before … it is the same referee from the first game, Terry McAulay, but not the same crew. In the playoffs, it’s all-star crews, so these aren’t all the same guys who threw those 18 flags against the Packers in Week 3.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:42
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[Comment From Roger Pack 67Roger Pack 67: ]
Is Jenkins really healthy and will he have a big game today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:42 Roger Pack 67
1:43

Jenkins has kind of been the forgotten man, hasn’t he? By all accounts, he’s fully healthy, and I think he could be primed for a big game. He didn’t play against the Bears in Week 17, and his presence against the run and rushing the passer on the inside could be a big factor today.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:43
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[Comment From JoemamaJoemama: ]
I think the ref is irrelevant. It seems to me the pack have been playing much cleaner ball lately, wouldn’t you agree?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:44 Joemama
1:45

Totally agree. Even with the 18-penalty debacle, which was four months ago now, the Packers finished with the third fewest penalties in the league this season. It was a pretty remarkable turnaround.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:45
1:45

[Comment From dondrikdondrik: ]
The Pack has been one of the youngest NFL teams for a few years now, yet pretty successful. Does that suggest raw talent and good coaching is more important than experience?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:45 dondrik
1:46

I think the key is to have a mix. The Packers have some quality veteran players who have been doing this for a while — Driver, Clifton, Pickett, Woodson, to name a few. Add in young, rising stars like Matthews, Raji, etc. and the guys who have developed into top-notch guys over the last few years like Jennings and Rodgers and you have a pretty solid roster with playmakers, leadership, and all of that. I’m sure I left some big names out of those categories there, but you get the idea.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:46
1:47

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
i never see any of my stuff get posted here… im out of here
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:47 Guest
1:48

My apologies, but the questions are coming in fast and furious and there’s no way to get to them all. I try to hit on topics that haven’t already come up, but I’m sorry if I didn’t answer any of yours. Please don’t take it personally. There are currently more than 750 live readers on this blog and that continues to increase the closer we get to kickoff. Thanks to everyone for your patience.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:48
1:49

[Comment From kellykelly: ]
So what’s the sack prediction for Clay today?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:49 kelly
1:49

I wish I knew. I’m sure Matthews will be giving the Bears’ offensive line all it can handle today. Remember, sacks aren’t the only measure of impact. Good pressure can force bad throws and turnovers.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:49
1:50

[Comment From DaviesUKDaviesUK: ]
when was Favre’s first time in the NFC Championship game? How does it stack up against Roger’s career so far…same time, Rogers ahead?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:50 DaviesUK
1:51

Favre’s first NFC Championship was in the 1995 season at Dallas, his fourth season as a starter (if you count 1992 as his first, when he took over in September). This is Rodgers’ third year as a starter.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:51
1:51

[Comment From packerbackerpackerbacker: ]
my offense hero prediction today is jordy nelson and defense is sam shields
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:51 packerbacker
1:51

Thinking a little outside the box. Nothing wrong with that.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:51
1:52

[Comment From marymary: ]
My hysband is in the Air Force serving overseas. He is the biggest Packer fan in the desert. Please give a shout-out to all our men and women that are in harms way!
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:52 mary
1:52

Thanks for checking in. I yield the floor for a moment to Mary.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:52
1:52

[Comment From workerworker: ]
Stuck working – can I watch it live on computer w/o downloading anything or a fee?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:52 worker
1:53

If you want, you can follow the game on this blog. I’ll be posting regular updates on big plays, injuries, observations, etc. throughout the game. I won’t be answering questions much during the game — maybe here and there during commercials — but I’ll be updating as much as possible, within the league rules.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:53
1:54

[Comment From Cheesehead4lifeCheesehead4life: ]
How many people in the Press Box are wearing a cheese head?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:54 Cheesehead4life
1:54

None, but I got a kick out of your question.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:54
1:55

[Comment From KrauseKrause: ]
Frank Caliendo picks the Pack to win today. He was impersonating Jack Nicholson today. Does that mean anything?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:55 Krause
1:55

Either someone can’t handle the truth, or I’m going to be afraid of someone sticking their face through the crack in my front door at home tonight.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:55
1:55

[Comment From mmcfmmcf: ]
given the current conditions if gbp win the toss do they elect to kick or receive
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:55 mmcf
1:56

Just guessing, but I think the Packers will defer and go on defense first if they win the toss. That has worked pretty well so far. But that’s just a guess.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:56
1:58

[Comment From mmcfmmcf: ]
hope you appreciate that the last question came from the west coast of Scotland. gives you an understanding of the international scope of the game
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:58 mmcf
1:58

I’ve seen posts from all over the world today, as has been usual. Thanks to everyone around the globe for checking in.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:58
1:58

[Comment From tonytony: ]
go pack go from stuttgart, germany
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:58 tony
1:59

[Comment From JoyJoy: ]
My son who is 9, won’t come up and watch because he is nervous. Can you please say on here that he HAS to watch is THIS game?
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:59 Joy
1:59

Mr. 9-year-old, you have to watch this game. Either way, this is a historic contest in the history of the NFL and these two teams. Everyone is nervous, but just keep telling yourself that it’s better to be nervous than not be in this position at all.
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:59
2:01

[Comment From IvanIvan: ]
GO Pack Go from Zagreb, Croatia
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:01 Ivan
2:01

[Comment From SpyrashSpyrash: ]
hey talking about international, im watching through skype from new zealand
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:01 Spyrash
2:01

[Comment From David McDonaldDavid McDonald: ]
c’mon Pack! Let’s do this!! from David in France!!!
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:01 David McDonald
2:01

[Comment From MoMo: ]
Go Pack! from York, England
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:01 Mo
2:01

[Comment From KevinKevin: ]
My daughter is 8 and she is right here watching the game !
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:01 Kevin
2:01

[Comment From samsam: ]
I’m stationed in okinawa, its 5am here. is there anyway to watch highlights cause i might miss most of the game?
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:01 sam
2:02

We’ll have highlights posted on Packers.com later tonight.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:02
2:02

Coin toss going on now. Woodson calls heads, it’s tails. Chicago defers to the second half. Packers will get the ball.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:02
2:03

[Comment From DizzyDizzy: ]
Go Packers!!!!, All the way from Australia
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:03 Dizzy
2:03

[Comment From EvertEvert: ]
Also from Holland ! Go Pack Go !
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:03 Evert
2:03

[Comment From kaileykailey: ]
I’m here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and cheering for the Packers all the way from Africa!
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:03 kailey
2:03

[Comment From BrunoBruno: ]
Go Packers!!! From Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:03 Bruno
2:04

[Comment From NickNick: ]
I would just like to say I really enjoy your blog.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:04 Nick
2:04

Thanks Nick. Enjoy the game. I’ll be updating throughout.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:04
2:04

Starks back to receive the kickoff for GB.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:04
2:06

Temp is 19 with a wind chill of 8.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:06
2:06

Starks slips on the KO return, down at the 16.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:06
2:08

Two passes to Jennings into Bears territory. First down at the Chi 36.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:08
2:09

A run by Starks and a pass to him moves the chains again. First down on the 24.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:09
2:10

Nelson for 22 yards, first and goal at the 2.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:10
2:10

Lang has checked in as an extra lineman at the goal line. Raji also in.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:10
2:11

Rodgers bootlegs around left end for the TD.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:11
2:12

Packers lead 7-0 with 10:50 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:12
2:13

Rodgers took a pretty big hit from Manning there at the pylon, but he got it in. He was 4-for-4 passing on the drive for 76 yards.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:13
2:13

7 plays, 84 yards, 4:50 on the scoring drive.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:13
2:14

Manning back deep for the Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:14
2:15

Short kickoff is taken by Davis. Bears take over on the 36.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:15
2:16

[Comment From Tommy TilesTommy Tiles: ]
Whats up with Clifton?
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:16 Tommy Tiles
2:17

Clifton has a stinger. That’s the only update to this point.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:17
2:18

Dumpoff over the middle to Forte goes for big yardage. 24 yards. Bears first down at the GB 37.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:18
2:20

Cutler overthrows an open Hester on third down. Bears passing on the long FG and punting from the GB 34.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:20
2:20

Punt goes out of bounds at the 10. Packers take over with 7:53 left in the first, ahead 7-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:20
2:21

T.J. Lang is in the huddle, playing LT for Clifton.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:21
2:21

Clifton has a neck stinger. His return is questionable.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:21
2:24

Starks for 16 and a pass to Jones for 10 moves the chains twice.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:24
2:25

Jackson for 10 on a draw for another first down.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:25
2:27

Two deep shots to Jennings and Nelson don’t connect. Packers punting from their own 47. Hester back deep.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:27
2:28

Good coverage there. Bush slowed him up and Wilhelm got him down. Bears take over on their own 16. 4:49 left in the first, Packers lead 7-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:28
2:28

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
can you update better for the guys who cant watch the game?
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:28 Guest
2:29

Please understand I’m barred by NFL rules from giving play by play on here. But I will update every couple of plays or so throughout. Also remember, the TV timeouts can be rather long in these playoff games.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:29
2:30

False start moves the Bears back to the 11.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:30
2:32

Cutler sacked on third down by Jenkins and Matthews. Bears punting. Good stop by the D there.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:32
2:33

Williams takes the 47-yard punt and returns it to midfield. Packers take over with 2:48 left in the first, leading 7-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:33
2:34

11-yard return by Williams. Packers on their own 49. Lang still at LT.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:34
2:35

By the way, that sack was on just a three-man rush. Great job by Jenkins getting penetration in the middle.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:35
2:35

Dart to Jennings for 21 yards. First down on the Chi 30.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:35
2:37

Urlacher sacks Rodgers on third down, knocking the Packers out of FG range. Masthay on to punt.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:37
2:38

Great job by Bush getting downfield to touch that punt. Packers down it inside the 5. Also holding on the Bears, so half the distance. Chicago backed up inside its own 2. :22 seconds left in the first, Packers lead 7-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:38
2:39

That’s the end of the first quarter. Packers lead 7-0. Bears will have second-and-8 from their own 4 after the break.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:39
2:43

Jenkins with a great tackle on Forte on third-and-8. Bears punting from their own 2.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:43
2:44

Williams bobbles the ball on the punt return, costing major yardage. Packers still good field position at the Chicago 45, but they could have been inside the 30 if Williams fields it cleanly.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:44
2:45

Packers take over with 14:06 left in the half, leading 7-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:45
2:45

Lang still in the huddle at LT for GB. Looks like Clifton may not be coming back, but we’ll see after halftime.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:45
2:46

Packers at the Chicago 44.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:46
2:46

False start on FB Johnson. Back to the 49.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:46
2:48

Great move on the short pass by Jackson, faked out Urlacher and gets a first down at the 31.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:48
2:48

Big hole for Starks, another first down inside the 20. Packers at the 19, a 12-yard run.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:48
2:49

Nelson over the middle for first-and-goal at the 4.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:49
2:50

Starks reaches it over for the TD.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:50
2:51

First pro TD for Starks. It’s 14-0 Packers with 11:13 left in the half.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:51
2:51

5 plays, 44 yards, 2:53 on the scoring drive.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:51
2:52

Great job by the defense there to get the stop back by the Chicago goal line. Made the sack on third down that forced the punt, costing the Packers a FG try earlier, not hurt. Offense took advantage and drove for the score anyway.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:52
2:53

Manning back deep for the Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:53
2:53

Manning takes the short kickoff at the 19 and runs it back to the 34.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:53
2:54

Cutler to Knox for 24 yards. Bears on the GB 42.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:54
2:55

Dumpoff to Taylor picks up another first down. Chicago on the 30.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:55
2:57

Cutler takes a timeout. 9:44 left in the half. Bears have second-and-10 at the GB 30. Bears have passed the ball four straight times on this drive. No runs yet.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:57
2:59

Taylor called for holding, picking up Bishop on the blitz there. Wipes out a completed pass. Second-and-20 from the 40.
Sunday January 23, 2011 2:59
3:01

Cutler scrambles for 9 yards, then scrambles again but gets nothing. Fourth down, and the Bears once again are passing on the long FG and Maynard is in to punt.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:01
3:02

Bears can’t down it at the 1. Touchback. Packers take over on the 20 with 7:40 left in the half, leading 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:02
3:02

Clifton is back in at LT for the Packers.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:02
3:03

Good job by Lang in Clifton’s place, but it’s good to have Cliffy back.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:03
3:05

Starks runs for 10, then Rodgers scrambles into wide open space for a big gain. 25 yards. First down at the CHI 45.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:05
3:07

Rodgers calls a timeout with 5:02 left. Packers have third-and-1 at the CHI 36.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:07
3:08

Starks tripped up short of the first down. Masthay in to punt. Big stop there for the Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:08
3:09

Punt bounces back and almost hits Hester in the feet. He somehow avoids it, and the Packers down it at the 11. Bears take over with 4:17 left in the half.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:09
3:11

Defensive holding on Williams gives the Bears 5 yards and a first down on the 16. Tough break there, would have been third-and-10 from the 11.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:11
3:12

Forte on a draw for 14 yards. First down at the 30.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:12
3:14

That’s the 2-minute warning. Bears will have third-and-7 from their own 33.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:14
3:15

Packers nearly got the first turnover of the game a few plays ago. Cutler floated one up along the right side for Olsen, who actually became the defender and prevented Matthews from intercepting it. Good play by Olsen. Collins was also swooping in over the top and would have had a shot at it if not for Olsen’s arm.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:15
3:17

Cutler sacked. Fumbled but recovered by the Bears. Packers take a timeout with 1:52 left. Bears punting from their own 25.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:17
3:18

Shields gets the sack on the blitz, and the forced fumble. Forte picked it up and tried to run for the Bears, but the referee explained that under 2 minutes, only the fumbling player on offense can advance a fumble, so Forte got no yardage and the ball was dead.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:18
3:19

Maynard’s punt goes out of bounds, 41-yard punt. Packers take over on their own 36 with 1:44 left and one timeout.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:19
3:20

Rodgers scrambles for a first down, out of bounds.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:20
3:22

Pass to Driver for 9, then a sneak by Rodgers for a first down at the CHI 41.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:22
3:22

Low pass to Driver bounces off his hands and is intercepted by Briggs. Bears take over at their own 42 with 49 seconds left in the half. Tough luck there.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:22
3:23

Pass to Forte for 17 yards, first down at the GB 41.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:23
3:24

Deep ball to Knox is picked off by Shields at the 3. Great leaping grab by Shields. He returns it to the 11.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:24
3:24

Packers take over with 32 seconds left. The play is being reviewed.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:24
3:26

Ruling stands. It’s an INT.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:26
3:27

Packers kneel out the clock. It’s halftime. Packers lead 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:27
3:28

Starks has 12 carries for 55 yards for the Packers. Jennings has four receptions for 78 yards. Rodgers has five rushes for 39 yards.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:28
3:29

Rodgers is 10-of-15 for 156 yards with one INT for a 73.2 rating. Does have one rushing touchdown, but that doesn’t affect passer rating.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:29
3:29

Packers are doing a great job on Forte. Has eight carries for 28 yards, with a long of 14. Other than that one draw play, he has 7 carries for 14. That’s 2 per. Packers will take that all day.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:29
3:30

Cutler is 6-of-13 for 80 yards with an INT for a 34.1 rating.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:30
3:30

Forte is his leading receiver with four catches for 44 yards. Bears receivers have just two receptions so far.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:30
3:32

Packers have outgained the Bears 252-103. Might have missed on a scoring opportunity or two. The last two drives, the Packers had third-and-1 on the Chicago 36 and got stopped, then had first down on the Chicago 41 and the deflected pass was picked by Briggs.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:32
3:33

Main stat now is the Bears are scoreless. Chicago gets the ball first to start the third quarter, so you can bet they’re putting a ton of importance on this opening drive in the locker room. I’m sure the Packers D is too.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:33
3:34

Correction, Bears receivers have just one catch, by Knox. Other than Forte’s four receptions, Chester Taylor also has one.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:34
3:37

Packers coming back out of the locker room now. So are the Bears. 3 minutes til the second half starts.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:37
3:40

Hester back on the kickoff this time for the Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:40
3:41

Hester cuts it back and gets it out to the 39. 24-yard return.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:41
3:43

Defense gets a three-and-out. Bears punting from their own 46.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:43
3:44

Bears don’t let the punt roll, and it’s downed at the 17. Packers take over with 13:22 left in the third, leading 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:44
3:48

Nelson for a big third down conversion out of 5 WR set. Crowd was into that one on third-and-8. 21 yards. First down on the 40.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:48
3:49

20 yards to Jennings for another first down. At the Bears 40.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:49
3:50

Jennings up to 98 yards now, almost at 100 for the day.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:50
3:50

Starks goes for 9 but gets stopped on second down. Third and 1 from the 31.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:50
3:51

Rodgers tries deep to Jones, but it’s pass interference on Tim Jennings.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:51
3:51

Close call there, but it went GB’s way. Fans aren’t happy after seeing replays on jumbotron. First and goal for the Packers at the 8.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:51
3:54

Urlacher picks off the pass and returns it all the way out to the 45. Great saving tackle by Rodgers, but terrible decision on the throw.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:54
3:54

Bears have it with 8:50 left in the third, trailing 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:54
3:54

Todd Collins in at QB for Cutler. Cutler’s knee not allowing him to return.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:54
3:55

Too bad for the Packers there. Drove 77 yards and got nothing.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:55
3:55

Press box report is that Cutler’s return is questionable.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:55
3:56

Intercepted by Collins. Ran it back some but looked to be down by contact.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:56
3:57

Looks like it’s incomplete on replay. Bears will challenge this I’m sure.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:57
3:57

Ruling on the field is INT, down by contact.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:57
3:58

Lovie has thrown the challenge flag. Looks like it will be an incomplete pass, with Bears facing fourth-and-15 from their own 40.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:58
3:59

WR Bennett actually deflected that ball to the ground as Collins dove for it, or it would have been an INT. But it’s clearly incomplete. That’s twice the Bears receivers have played defender and prevented a pick.
Sunday January 23, 2011 3:59
4:00

After review, pass incomplete. 8:35 left in the third, Bears punting from their own 40.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:00
4:01

Bears down the punt at the 21. Packers take over, 8:26 left in the third, leading 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:01
4:02

[Comment From GuestGuest: ]
are you the same guy that updates the Packers Twitter feed?
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:02 Guest
4:02

No, that’s my colleague, Tom Fanning, another staff writer for Packers.com.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:02
4:02

[Comment From DavidDavid: ]
What are the third down conversion rates for both teams this game?
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:02 David
4:03

Bears are 0-of-7, Packers are 2-of-6.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:03
4:04

Holding on Wells puts the Packers back on the 14,. First and 17. Starks credited with 3 yard run.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:04
4:05

Jennings for 22 yards. Big first down there to get out of the hole. First down on the 37.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:05
4:07

Holding on Clifton makes it second-and-18 on the 29. Packers can’t keep going backwards like this.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:07
4:08

Rodgers scrambles and has to throw it away on third down. Packers punting from their own 38.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:08
4:09

Hester slips on the punt return. 46-yard punt by Masthay. Bears take over on their own 18 with 4:29 left in the third. Packers lead 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:09
4:09

Collins still in at QB for the Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:09
4:10

Francois in at ROLB for Walden for the Packers.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:10
4:12

Collins incomplete to Knox on third and 2. Williams almost with the INT. Bears punting from their own 26.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:12
4:13

Brett Swain saves Williams’ bacon on that one. Bad decision by Wililams to try to field the punt on the bounce. He gets clobbered and loses the ball. Swain recovers.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:13
4:14

There was a penalty on the Bears anyway, so I guess it wouldn’t have mattered. But poor decision by Williams there. He has not handled punts well today at all. That’s two muffs.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:14
4:14

Packers take over on their own 32 with 2:59 left in the third, leading 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:14
4:15

LB Erik Walden is out with an ankle injury for the Packers. Questionable return. That’s why Francois was in on that last series.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:15
4:18

Bears get a three-and-out. Packers punting from their own 29. Hester deep.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:18
4:19

Great coverage by the Packers on Hester there. 53-yard punt, Wilhelm with the tackle. Penalty on the Packers wipes it out, re-kick.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:19
4:20

Looks like the Bears are going with No. 3 QB Caleb Hanie on this next series.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:20
4:20

Big punt by Masthay there, 65 yarder. Bennett returned it instead of Hester — might have gotten hurt on that last return.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:20
4:21

Bears on their own 33, 57 seconds left in the third, trailing 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:21
4:21

Hanie is in fact in at QB for the Bears. That means neither Cutler nor Collins can return to the game.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:21
4:22

Two runs by Forte for about 15 yards. End of the third quarter. Packers lead 14-0.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:22
4:23

Bears have second-and-6 on their own 48.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:23
4:24

3rd QB rule is that neither of the first two QBs can return to the game if the 3rd QB comes in before the 4th quarter. Hanie was in on those last two plays before the quarter ended, so he’s the Bears QB the rest of the way.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:24
4:26

Forte goes for 11 and another first down, on the GB 30.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:26
4:27

Knox with a big catch down to the 1. First and goal Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:27
4:28

Taylor in for the TD.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:28
4:29

It’s 14-7 Packers with 12:02 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:29
4:29

Bears got the spark they were looking for from Hanie. 8 plays, 67 yards, 3:55 on the scoring drive.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:29
4:31

Suddenly the Packers D looked a little tired on that drive. Some missed tackles against Forte led to some big runs, his best of the day. Knox got loose for the one big catch and that was all it took.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:31
4:32

Starks returns the kickoff out to the 24. Packers take over with 11:55 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:32
4:32

Crowd really into it now for the Bears. It’s getting pretty loud, loudest all day.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:32
4:33

Roughing the passer on Peppers on a deep incomplete to Jennings. First down Packers on the 40. Contact to the helmet. Big penalty there. Would have been third-and-9 for the Packers.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:33
4:35

Interference against the Bears on a slant to Driver, one play after a false start on GB.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:35
4:35

PI on Tim Jennings. Another first down for GB on their own 49.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:35
4:37

Rodgers incomplete to Quarless on third and 2. Packers punting from the Chicago 43.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:37
4:38

Bush nearly downs it on the 1, but it’s ruled a touchback.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:38
4:39

Ruling is Bush did not re-establish in the field with both feet after going into the end zone first. Bears take over on their own 20 with 9:19 left. Packers lead 14-7.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:39
4:42

Good pressure from Raji on second down, then a blitz by Shields on third down. Three and out. Bears punting from their own 20.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:42
4:43

Low punt is downed by the Bears at the Chicago 44. Packers take over with good field position with 8:22 left, leading 14-7.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:43
4:47

Play action on third and 1 to Crabtree is incomplete. Packers punting from the Chicago 36. Poor short yardage execution there.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:47
4:47

Masthay punt goes out of bounds at the 10. Bears take over with 7:22 left. Packers lead 14-7. Huge chance to put the game away there, maybe, and Packers couldn’t get one first down.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:47
4:51

Hanie calls timeout with 6:12 left. Chicago has third-and-5 from the 15.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:51
4:51

That’s Chicago’s first timeout of this half.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:51
4:52

Pick six by Raji!!!
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:52
4:52

Hanie’s pass goes right to Raji, and the big man waltzes into the end zone for the TD.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:52
4:52

Packers lead 21-7 with 6:04 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:52
4:53

Raji dropped off the nose into coverage and Hanie never saw him, trying to get a short pass to Forte. What a play, what a time for it.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:53
4:54

Davis on the KO return out to the 40.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:54
4:56

Three straight completions by Hanie to the GB 35. Bears aren’t giving up.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:56
4:56

Touchdown to Bennett, 35 yards.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:56
4:56

Wow, Packers allowed that way too easy.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:56
4:57

It’s 21-14 with 4:43 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:57
4:57

Collins came over to help on that pass but ran right by Bennett, and he was able to take off up the sideline for the score. Bad play by Collins there. Should have been an easy tackle to get him out of bounds.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:57
4:58

We’ll see if the Bears try an onside kick here.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:58
4:58

Woodson is the lone deep man for the Packers. Everyone else is up near the line.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:58
4:59

Woodson returns the KO out to the 25. Packers take over with 4:38 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 4:59
5:01

Bears defense gets three and out. Packers punting from their own 23.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:01
5:02

Hester deep for the Bears.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:02
5:02

Good coverage by the Packers there. Hester tackled at the 29.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:02
5:02

Bears take over with 2:53 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:02
5:04

Third and 9 from the 30 for the Bears coming up.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:04
5:04

Complete to Olsen for the first down. Gain of 10.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:04
5:05

Intentional grounding on Hanie. 10-yard penalty. It’s second-and-20.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:05
5:07

Two completions to Forte will make it fourth-and-1. 2 minute warning. 1:54 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:07
5:07

Bears with fourth-and-short right near midfield.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:07
5:09

Taylor goes up the middle for the first down.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:09
5:10

Pass to Forte for another first down, and out of bounds with 1:27 left. Ball on the GB 34.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:10
5:12

Pass to Olsen for 7. Third and 3 from the 27.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:12
5:12

Bears take their second timeout with 1:13 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:12
5:12

Correction, 1:15 left.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:12
5:13

Bennett stopped on the end around. Fourth down and 5.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:13
5:13

Interception by Shields.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:13
5:14

37 seconds left. Packers can kneel it out.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:14
5:14

Hanie tried to go deep over the middle to Knox, who was double-covered. Shields stepped in front for the pick.
Sunday January 23, 2011 5:14
5:15

That’s it. Packers win 21-14. On to the Super Bowl. Stay tuned to Packers.com for more post-game coverage.


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