Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers just barely makes a touchdown-saving tackle of Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher. Photo by Mark Hoffman/jsonline.
It was a weird one. The best play our star quarterback made was a tackle. The winning score was made by a fat lineman who styles himself "The Freezer" because he's the same size as William "The Refrigerator" Perry of the 1985 Bears. It looked as if their quarterback took himself out of the game in the second half because he was playing poorly. And while it's nice that my brother has to buy me a round of golf wearing a B. J. Raji jersey, look at it from my perspective—can you imagine how hard it would have been to live it down if the Bears had beaten us with their third string quarterback?!
The AFC game had its own weirdness: the deciding factor in a game the Steelers at one point led 24-0 was a goal line stand.
On to the battle of the Northern Towns—Pittsburgh, latitude 40°27′ N, with a team named after steel workers, against Green Bay, latitude 44°31′ N, with a team named after meat packers.
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Featured Comment by Will: "Nice write-up Mike. Quibble: you're not 'northern' until you're above the 45th parallel. Like us Vikings. Heard a new Vikes joke on Prairie Home Companion this weekend: How are the Vikings like a 'possum? They play dead at home and get killed on the road. Hey, it's all good fun. Go Pack!"