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NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Green Bay upends Bears, 21-14

Aaron Rodgers (photo by Chad Davis via wikipedia commons)

Aaron Rodgers is making Green Bay fans forget about that traitor Brett Favre with each and every win on the football field. More now than ever since the Packers are heading to the Super Bowl.

Rodgers ran for a touchdown and made a touchdown-saving tackle in leading Green Bay to face the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Packers played an all-around game of offense, defense, shutting down Bears punt returner Devin Hester.

In the 182nd meeting in the series, Green Bay won 21-14 over the Chicago Bears.

The Packers are 13-6 and had to win all of its playoff games away from Lambeau Field, at Philadelphia, at Atlanta and now Chicago to get to the Big Game in Dallas.

Rodgers’ counterpart at QB, Jay Cutler, left the game due a knee injury in the third period, but he not performing well anyway.

His backup Todd Collins was inefficient as well.

The best QB for the Bears was third-stringer Caleb Hanie and he added life to the team.

Hanie rallied the Bears for a touchdown to cut the lead to 14-7 after Chester Taylor’s 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

But Hanie also gave the Packers a chance to add the winning touchdown by throwing a pass to Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji, who rumbled 18 yards for a TD and a 21-7 lead.

Hanie then threw a touchdown to Earl Bennett of 35-yards and it was 21-14 with 4:43 to go.  But the Bears chance to tie ended when Hanie threw another interception by Sam Shields and that was the game.

Rodgers threw 244 yards with two interceptions and he led The Pack to a quick 14-0 lead.

compiled from NFL news

2010 NFL season kicks off with a familiar matchup: Minnesota at New Orleans


The 2010 NFL season is upon with the opening game Thursday night from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, with Minnesota once again visiting New Orleans. It’s a rematch of the 2009 NFC championship game which New Orleans won on their way to a Super Bowl title.

If everyone recalls, the Vikings outplayed the Saints in several stat categories and might’ve won the game if they hadn’t committed five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions.

Brett Favre Minnesota (NFL)

Drew Brees New Orleans (NFL)

There is plenty of interest in the game because of the return of QB Brett Favre of Minnesota, who is starting his 20th season despite having surgery on his left ankle during the offseason. The controversial Favre almost retired for the third time.

Minnsota will need a strong defensive effort to stop the Saints explosive and speedy offense. The Vikings led the NFL with 48 sacks last season, led by defensive end Jared Allen’s 14 1/2. They’ll have to put pressure on QB Drew Brees.

The New Orleans offensive unit led the NFL in 2009 in total yards with 403.8 per game.

The Saints defensive unit has three new starters with free safety Malcolm Jenkins, holding the fort until All-Pro Darren Sharper continues his rehabilitation from offseason knee surgery.

Minnesota is without two of their key offensive players, WR Sidney Rice is injured and third-down back Chester Taylor went to Chicago for more playing time.

Julius Peppers leaves Carolina for The Windy City and the Bears

It had been reported all week that if Carolina didn’t re-sign DE Julius Peppers to a new contract, he would be heading to New England.

To everybody’s surprise, the NFL’S best past rusher has signed with the Chicago Bears. When the free agent signing period began, Bears coach Lovie Smith flew into Charlotte, N.C. to meet with Peppers and his agent.

The signing of Julius Peppers is one of the biggest moves by a team that has shown it is serious about contending agains after failing to make the playoffs the last three seasons.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and top free agent prize agreed to a six-year deal on Friday worth up to $91.5 million. His agent Carl Carey said a record $42 million is guaranteed. The deal includes incentives for sacks, making the Pro Bowl and winning Defensive Player of the Year. “It is good to come to a place with a rich tradition like the Chicago Bears”, Peppers said.

Julius Peppers brings uncanny athletic ability to Chicago (Fox)

The Bears weren’t through signing key players. Also, at their press conference was running back Chester Taylor, whom they lured from NFC North champion Minnesota with a four-year contract and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna from San Diego with a five year deal.

Chicago general manager Jerry Angelo and head coach Lovie Smith, according to published reports, are operating on a win-or-else mandate from the owners after a 7-9 season that left Chicago fans and media calling for a complete overhaul of the team.

The overhaul started with new offensive and defensive coordinators in Mike Martz and Rod Marinelli.

Julius Peppers at 6’7 brings 81 career sacks in eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He had 10 1/2 sacks in 2009. In Chicago, he’ll play alongside Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs and Tommy Harrison. His presence will give the defense a much-needed lift because it ranked 17th overall and tied for 13th in sacks with 35.