Two close games during this day, as now the Super Bowl participants have now been determined:
NFC Championship: Packers 21 Bears 14
It was very bitter cold at Soldier Field as the Packers put Chicago in a hole early. Thanks to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay went up 21-0. To make matters worse for the Windy City, their quarterback, Jay Cutler, was injured. Then it reached a whole new level when his replacement, Todd Collins, had to be benched. Enter undrafted third string quarterback Caleb Hanie for the Bears. Hanie was impressive as he narrowed the lead to 7 points, before he threw a game-ending interception in the closing minutes. Green Bay makes its fifth Super Bowl appearance and first since the 1997-98 season.
AFC Championship: Jets 19 Steelers 24
Pittsburgh, similar to Green Bay, took a commanding 24-0 lead, with Ben Rothelisberger at the helm. But the Jets fought back to narrow the gap to within 5 points. In the final minutes, the Jets defense allowed a first down, when they couldn’t afford it, as the deficit proved too much. Pittsburgh prevailed to reach its 3rd Super Bowl in 6 years. Meanwhile, New York has lost two consecutive AFC Championships.