All that remains for the football season are two teams. One last game to end it all in that fancy stadium in Dallas, Texas. After starting out my prognostications with a record of 1-3, I came back with a 3-1 week followed by a 2-0 week. My prognosticating was right on this past week as I believed that the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers would make it to the final game. Next week I will break down the final game of the year. So let us recap the day that was on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
Final Score: Packers 21, Bears 14.
This game was a fast start for the Packers. The 119,000 shareholders of this team watched as Aaron Rodgers marched down the field in the opening drive and then took it in himself for a quick 7-0 lead. The Bears could not get anything going. Green Bay had a chance to salt the game away in the third quarter but Rodgers threw an interception. Then Jay Cutler hurt his knee, then backup Todd Collins was ineffective, and it all rested on Caleb Hanie. Who, as a third-string quarterback, was responsible for all the scoring in the second half. He guided the Bears downfield twice for 14 points and threw a pick-six to B.J. Raji. And when Hanie threw his last interception, the Packers secured a victory that involved no offense in the second half.
New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Final Score: Steelers 24, Jets 19
Like the first game of the day, this was a tale of two halves. As was predicted in my article last week, the New York Jets exhibited all of the symptoms of a hangover. Pittsburgh got out to a fast 24-0 lead and by halftime it was 24-3.
Then the Jets woke up and Pittsburgh went away eerily just like the Packers did in the first game. The Pittsburgh defense held on a key 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard-line and then the offense promptly gave the Jets two points on poor snap that resulted in a safety.
The Jets were back and in a scene that reminded me of the previous week they found themselves driving for a touchdown, but it took 4:32 and there was only 7:38 remaining in the game. The plays were slow to get in. The Jets just could not crisply get off plays, and although they scored, Pittsburgh could secure the win by running out the clock.
Pittsburgh did that very thing by getting two first downs. The final first down came on a 3rd-and-6 where quarterback Ben Roethlisberger rolled right and found Antonio Brown for 14 yards that ended the game. Afterwards, Jets coach Rex Ryan was seen throwing down his headset in disgust.
Hangover city, Mr. Ryan … hangover city.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers
Quarterbacks! In a year that Brett Favre retires, the story for Green Bay is that they made the right choice in forcing him out. In a year where Roethlisberger was off the first four games due to violation of the leagues personal conduct police, Pittsburgh proved they made the right decision in sticking with their quarterback. Both teams can win with a big quarterback performance or a big defensive performance. The teams are versatile, so versatility will be the theme of the next two weeks. But who will win in Dallas? That is next week’s article.
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