Sunday, January 23, 2011
Third quarter: Packers 14, Bears 0
By Michael C. Wright
Jay Cutler will not be returning to the NFC Championship Game.
CHICAGO -- The score hasn’t changed from Green Bay’s 14-0 lead, but the Bears appear to be in the midst of a bit of chaos with top quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Todd Collins out of action.
Cutler suffered a left knee injury during the second quarter, and tried to return. After one offensive possession, Cutler was held out before the club’s second possession, and replaced by Collins, who went 0-for-4 in two series.
Interestingly, the club didn’t appear to be treating Cutler on the sidelines, but declared him “questionable.” In fact, the team still hasn’t declared Cutler out for the game. (It's a fairly moot point, however. Now that Hanie has entered the game, the Bears won't be able to use Cutler or Collins because of the NFL's rules regarding the third quarterback.)
The Packers, meanwhile, haven’t been able to move the ball effectively after a hot first half by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers' passer rating has dipped to 56.9 and he's now thrown two interceptions.