The Green Bay Packers went to Chicago on Sunday with one mission: bring down the Chicago Bears. And that they did. With a 21-14 nail biter-of-a-victory, the Packers are headed to Dallas on Sunday, February 6, to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The old saying “offense wins games, defense wins championships” held true in today’s victory. Aaron Rodgers’s first few drives of the game got us the momentum we needed to hold the lead (14-0 at half), but the offense hit a plateau early, and the defense certainly won the game for us.
Though Jay Cutler didn’t make the crazy interceptions that I predicted, he did something probably worse. He quit. What the hell was that? Don’t get me wrong, I’m very okay with how things turned out, but he had to have been incredibly hurt to sit down in the NFC Championship game… and from my view, he didn’t look that incapacitated. If he were a true quarterback—Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and, I hate to say it, but especially Brett Favre—he would have been back on the field fighting till the death. Instead he sat idly by while his team lost.
Props to Caleb Hanie, the Bears third-string quarterback for his performance in the second half. I was honestly more worried about the game with him at the helm than I was with Cutler. But his inexperience led him to throw two key interceptions that cost the Bears the game. I don’t know about you, but seeing 300+ lb. nose tackle BJ Raji intercepted a pass and ran (rather, waddled) 18 yards for a score made my day.
I’m sure most Green Bay fans thought after that fourth quarter interception for a touchdown to put the Packers in the lead 21-7 the game was over. (I know I was up to get a beer when all of a sudden Earl Bennett caught a 35-yard pass to make the game 21-14.) Thankfully Sam Shields intercepted another of Hanie’s passes with about 37 seconds left and the Packers ended the game on top. Bear hunting was a success! Bring on Dallas.