Bear Down, Chicago Bears? Sure was. In what surely was an abysmal and disappointing showing by the Bears at their home field of Soldier Field this Sunday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers took home the big W with a 21-14 victory.
So what happened?
Chicago Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler left Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against in the third quarter with a knee injury. The team has listed his return as questionable. Journeyman QB Todd Collins replaced him, but Collins also left the game after going 0 for 4 for 0 yards with a few of his incompletions nearly being intercepted by the Packers. Third time’s the charm? Quarterback Caleb Hanie took over where Collins sort of left off. That still doesn’t explain what happened during the rest of the game. Cutler was struggling through a poor performance going 6 of 13 for 80 yards with no touchdowns at the time of the injury.
Hanie ever so briefly rallied his team for a touchdown drive to gain on the Packer’s lead 14-7 after Chester Taylor’s 1-yard touchdown run early in the 4th quarter. The Bears had the opportunity in their hot little hands to tie the game after the Bears’ defense finally got a few stops, but Hanie practically handed the ball to the Packers defensive lineman, B.J. Raji who took the gift and ran 18 yards into their end zone for another Packer’s touchdown.
The Packers, much unlike the Bears, actually showed up for the game. They had a taste of the Super Bowl and they went after it. Packers QB, Aaron Rodgers was on fire! He ran for a touchdown. He made a touchdown-savings tackle. Rodgers was able to keep the Bear’s defense off kilter and kept the usually stellar Devin Hester under lock and key. The Packers defense held their ground and took care of the rest by kicking the Bears to the curb..
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