Bears vs. Packers 2011: NFC Championship Game LIVE UPDATES
The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears face off in the 2011 NFC Championship game today at 3 PM ET. Aaron Rodgers has been stellar, leading the Packers to two road victories over the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons. The Bears stomped on the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional round and now take on their NFC North rivals with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
The Huffington Post will provide live updates throughout the game.
After Sam Shield's second interception of the day, the Packers take a knee to end the game. Packers win 21-14.
On fourth down, Hanie throws an interception to Sam Shields. Green Bay is going to the Super Bowl!!!
Bears use their second timeout, despite the fact that the clock was stopped. Interesting call by Lovie Smith. 1:13 left in the game.
Chicago gets the first down on a huge run by Chester Taylor.
We've reached the two minute warning and the Bears face a fourth-and-1 at midfield!
Hanie completes a pass to tight end Greg Olsen for the first down. Bears are driving with 2:38 left in the game. They still have two timeouts.
Bears stop the Packers again. Aaron Rodgers runs for no gain on third and long. Green Bay punts to Devin Hester, who is taken down at the 27-yard line. 2:53 left in the game and Hanie is back on the field.
Hanie throws a deep pass to Earl Bennett for the touchdown. Bears cut the lead to 21-14 with 4:43 left in the game.
Hanie throws an interception to the 338 pound B.J. Raji. The defensive tackle returned it 18 yards for a touchdown to put Green Bay up 21-7.
With 7:31 left, Aaron Rodgers throws another incomplete pass and the Packers have to punt. They kick it away from Devin Hester and the Bears will get the ball at their own 10-yard line.
Chicago is now 0-for-9 on third downs. The Bears punted again with 8:22 left in the game.
Rodgers throws an incomplete pass to tight end Andrew Quarless. Packers punt and Chicago will get the ball at their own 20. Time is running out.
Bears defensive back Tim Jennings is flagged for pass interference. The Packers have the ball in Chicago territory after a 6-yard pass.
Aaron Rodgers gets nailed on a deep incompletion. The official called a roughing the passer penalty on Julius Peppers. The replay shows Peppers crushing Rodgers with a helmet-to-helmet hit.
After Hanie completed a pass to Johnny Knox to put the Bears at the 1-yard line, running back Chester Taylor ran it in for the touchdown. 14-7 Packers.
Because Caleb Hanie came in as third string QB in third quarter, Cutler and Collins are not eligible to return, according to CBS Sports.
Green Bay is still winning 14-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Chicago's third string quarterback Caleb Hanie has entered the game, replacing Todd Collins.
After a huge defensive play by Brian Urlacher, Aaron Rodgers throws an incomplete pass on third down and Green Bay is forced to punt.
Bears are forced to punt again. Todd Collins has been unable to move the ball down the field. Chicago receives a penalty on the punt for having an ineligible player down the field.
Bears force a fourth down by pressuring Aaron Rodgers. Packers punt and Hester slips before the 20-yard line. Chicago gets it at their own 18.
Lovie Smith did challenge the play and the ruling on the field was overturned. Bears are forced to punt.
Collins throws an interception on third down to Green Bay's Nick Collins, but the replay shows that the ball hit the ground. The play should be overturned if Lovie Smith challenges it.
FOX is reporting that Cutler has an injured knee and his return is questionable.
Backup QB Todd Collins has taken over the Bears offense. Jay Cutler is on the sideline.
Rodgers throws another interception. This time Chicago star Brian Urlacher picks it off, but gets taken down by Rodgers.
The referee calls defensive pass interference on an incomplete pass to Green Bay's James Jones. It's a 23-yard penalty. Packers have it at the 8-yard line.
Rodgers has completed six passes in a row. Packers are driving and have already reached Chicago's 31-yard line.
|@ LoriSchmidt : Fox Sports reports Jay Cutler has a bloody elbow & a knee injury, but Bears will stick with him as they try to rally down 14-0 to Packers.|
The Bears start the second half with a 3 and out. Chicago is 0-for-6 on third down.