Chicago made a nice little comeback, and Mark Sanchez had a phenomenal second half for the New York Jets. But the teams that should have won did.
Neither winning quarterback tore it up. But when Pittsburgh had to have a first down, Ben Roethlisberger ran for it or threw for it. His running pass, almost a hook shot, to Antonio Brown for a late first down ensured that the Jets would not get the ball again.
Aaron Rodgers also ran. He ran down Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher down after Urlacher intercepted a pass and looked as if he would score. Great tackle, but after watching Urlacher run, my question is who wins a race: Urlacher or 337-pound (or so) Green Bay defensive tackle B.J. Raji?
Raji intercepted a Caleb Hanie pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. I love to watch the big fellows fly.
Don't know much about Hanie. He's 25 and played at Colorado State.
Jay Cutler played the first series of the second half and then sat out. Instead of going to the locker room, however, he stood on the sideline. I don't know how badly he hurt hisknee. But this was the NFC championship. If you can stand, can't you at least try to play?
Rodgers also took a huge hit, helmet to helmet, from former Panther Julius Peppers. Peppers complained about the ensuing penalty, but it was obvious. What was also obvious was that, after the hit, Rodgers was not nearly as effective.
The cameras showed Peppers sharing a warm post-game moment with former Panther defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac, who now coaches Green Bay's defensive line. Not sure the relationship was quite so warm when Peppers worked for Trgovac in Carolina.