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Divisional Weekend Roundup

Packers and Bears will meet in NFC title game, while Steelers host Jets in the AFC.

Steelers win

Pittsburgh opened divisional weekend with a 31-24 classic over the Ravens.

» Baltimore led 21-7 going into halftime after scoring three unanswered TDs.
» The Steelers tied it with 1:21 left in the third quarter on the strength of Ben Roethlisberger’s second TD pass of the game.
» A kick return TD by Baltimore’s Lardarius Webb was wiped out by a holding call with 6:09 left in the fourth quarter.
» Rashard Mendenhall won it for Pittsburgh with a 2-yard TD rush with 1:33 to play.
» That came just after Roethlisberger hit rookie Aaron Brown for 58 yards.
» Big Ben’s totals: 19-for-32 passing, 226 yards, two TDs, 101.8 rating.

Packers win

Green Bay made a mockery of Atlanta’s home-field advantage, 48-21.

» After falling behind 14-7, Green Bay scored five consecutive TDs to essentially lock up the victory.
» The Packers more than doubled Atlanta’s yardage total, 442-194.
» QB Aaron Rodgers looked like an MVP for the visitors, throwing for 366 yards on 31-of-36 passing. He had three TD throws and a 136.8 rating.
» BC’s Matt Ryan was relatively ice cold in the loss, throwing a pair of interceptions and totaling just 189 yards.
» The Packers split their two-game season series with the Bears, winning the second matchup.

Bears win

Chicago earned a home date with the Packers in the NFC championship game by beating Seattle, 35-24.

» The game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates:?The Bears took a 28-0 lead in the third quarter.
» Seattle scored three TDs in the fourth quarter to narrow the final margin.
» Bears QB Jay Cutler accounted for four TDs — two running, two passing.
» The home team absolutely dominated the time of possession battle: 37:10-22:50.
» Chicago will host?Green Bay next Sunday with a spot in the Super Bowl on the line. The NFC North rivals haven’t met in the playoffs since 1941. The Bears won that game.

 
 
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