Well, my visions of Wilber Marshall chugging 52 yards to clinch a National Football Conference crown went by the wayside.
Mainly because Marshall doesn't play anymore, and apparently the Bears think that a sweep to Earl Bennett was going to send them to the promised land.
I blame nobody for this loss.
The Green Bay Packers, the better team, won the NFC championship.
The Bears had their shot, moved within seven points twice...and then decided to run a sweep with Earl Bennett.
Did I mention I can't believe the Bears called a timeout with 3 seconds left on the playclock to run a f'n sweep to Earl Bennett? I'm not sure.
I can tell you this; as a sports fan, I'm not too upset...the Cubs losing Game 6 to Florida in
2003 has made me Sports Tough (which is just like Chicago Tough without all the meatballedness...if that's a word). I can handle anything, now...like a timeout followed by a third down sweep to Earl Bennett. Okay...I need to get over this.
Here's to Green Bay getting the snot kicked out of them by the borderline rapist Ben Roethlisberger.
Aaron Rodgers started out in a blaze of glory. The Packers marched down for a first drive touchdown, and Rodgers controlled the tempo of play for the entire first half. Only a freak interception to Lance Briggs ruined his half.
In the second half, Rodgers was below even a pedestrian level of play. His tackle on Brian Urlacher's interception may have been the difference in the result. Rodgers had multiple opportunities to put the game away in the second half...but kept blowing chances for the closer.
Now you can see why Aaron Rodgers is 9-15 in games decided by 7 points or less.
Jay Cutler, on the other hand, was a walking nightmare. Cutler missed three open shots to Devin Hester. The Bears offense was stymied througout the first half. Cutler's injuries may have limited his ability to plant his feet correctly, and may have led to his poor half of play.
After Cutler's departure, the great Todd Collins came into the game. The Bears promptly threw three pass plays with Collins in what can only be described as "The Worst Play Calling in Chicago Bears History...Before the Bears Decided to Call a Timeout and Run a Sweep With Earl Bennett."
Collins looked more like one of those brokers you see on the purple line getting off so he could walk to his lakeshore home.
Insert Caleb Hainie. Caleb Hainie put forth one of the more valiant backup performances you'll see. He obviously made a misread on the interception return...but, what can you expect?
Matt Forte played his heart out. Even Chester Taylor made some plays. Green Bay's running game struggled down the stretch. One must wonder why the Packers were so afraid of running on third and short and fourth and short during the game? Sure, the Bears are tough against the run...but you have the lead, and you need to run clock, as well. Seemed like a no-brainer.
Johnny Knox refused to go up for a pass that was intercepted in the first quarter and Devin Hester slowed down on a ball that may have provided heavy yardage.
Overall, it wasn't a bad game for the receivers considering Cutler and Collins were all over the place.
Oh...and...Greg Jennings is a star. That's really all you need to know about that. Wake up the liver of Max McGee! The Pack have a star!
The Packers offensive line manhandled the Bears defensive front, but later in the game more disruptions became the norm. Chad Clifton not being 100% certainly crippled the offensive line's strength.
The Bears offensive line played up to par...not sure what that means, but I hope you do.
I'm going to keep the defenses together.
The Bears defense looked shell shocked in the first half. After Rodgers moved the ball down the field with ease, it seemed like both sides of the ball were at a standstill.
Both defenses stepped up their play in the second half with one exception.
After the Packers scored on B.J. Raji's improbable interception return, the Packers spent more time celebrating a trip to the Super Bowl than getting ready for the next drive. Hainie promptly drove through the Packers defense, and it looked as if the Pack was on their heels the rest of the game.
By the way, let's stop the bullsh** on Brian Urlacher. That man played like a Hall of Famer all season, and today was no exception.
Does Green Bay punter Tim Masthay get the game ball? Masthay boomed some punts and kept Devin Hester from big returns. He had a couple great instances of turning the field around and giving Green Bay field position for the majority of the first half.
WHY IT DOESN'T HURT AS MUCH AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD:
1. Better team won
2. Wisconsinites don't really have a lot going for them...at least now they have the Packers.
3. I expected this team to go 6-10...and they got to the NFC Title game...no complaints here.
Til next season.