Monday, January 24, 2011

Bears and Jets fall to the Big Plays of Packers and Steelers

I hope you've had your fill of irrelevant analysis of yesterday's conference championships, because I have a tasty tray of the most delectable delicacy of information for you describing why the teams that won were victorious.

It's quite simple, really...they made Big Plays, and their opponents did not.

You tell me who you think wins a contest when for the first half of the game the Green Bay Packers make 3 times as many big plays as the Chicago Bears, who then have to play catch up with a 3rd string quarterback you've never heard of, but for some reason reminds you of the character with a funny voice from the golden age of television's Green Acres!

Leading up to the game, you knew it was imperative that Jay Cutler deliver an at least semi-decent effort. Perhaps if Chicago's special teams could on occasion give him a short field with which to work, or otherwise provide its own magic, the Bears might stand a chance. But the special teams unit of the Monsters of the Midway was frightening only to their own fans. Devon Hester may be ridiculous, but he was ineffective. Consider in comparison that Green Bay's special teams had three big plays to go along with Aaron Rodgers' veritable clinic of how to advance a ball down the field at will.

The Jets had only three big plays by half-time at Heinz Field to Pittsburgh's ten. Despite having scored nine points in just under five minutes via a safety and touchdown, because they had earlier spent nearly half of the final period to then fail to score any points in the Red Zone, there was too little time remaining to overcome what would prevail to be a final score of 24-19.

In the battle of big plays, both conference championships were one-sided. The Bears fell to the Packers the way a flashlight pales in comparison to the sun, and the Jets were outdone by the Steelers the way a lawnmower would be overwhelmed by an industrial diesel engine: No contest!

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