Published: January 23rd, 2011 | Tags: NFC Championship Game, Aaron Rodgers, Brandon Jackson, Brian Urlacher, Cullen Jenkins, James Starks, Julius Peppers, Matt Forte, Mike Martz, Sam Shields, T.J. Lang, Tim Masthay
A look at some halftime numbers, and a few observations, at halftime of the NFC Championship Game at Solider Field:
- Aaron Rodgers is showing no signs of cooling off. Rodgers went 4-for-4 on the Packers first drive, capping it off with this 1-yard touchdown run. Rodgers has four completions of more than 20 yards, and the Bears have done little to disrupt his rhythm.
- A fantastic play on the ball by Sam Shields on his interception late in the half, the first play following Brian Urlacher’s interception. It immediately killed any momentum for the Bears.
- The Packers are staying committed to the run, and having success, against the Bears No. 2-ranked run defense. James Starks has 12 rushes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Solid play by the interior of the Green Bay offensive line. Rodgers has scrambles of 12 and 25 yards, and the Packers have 104 yards rushing.
- Forte Factor: Offensive coordinator Mike Martz is relying heavily on Matt Forte. Forte was involved in nine of the first 11 offensive plays and has 12 total touches for 28 yards rushing and 44 yards receiving.
- Jay Cutler has been throwing off of his back foot all game. He’s 6-of-13 for 80 yards and the interception.
- Packers DE Cullen Jenkins is playing like a difference-maker. Bears DE Julius Peppers, matched up on Packers backup tackle T.J. Lang for much of the half, so far has not.
- Greg Olsen was a big part of Martz’s game plan against the Seahawks last week with three receptions for 113 yards and a TD in the first half. Olsen has been targeted twice against the Packers, with no catches.
- Wow, Urlacher. You got shook by Brandon Jackson.
- First downs in the first half: Packers 17, Bears 6.
- Field position has had a huge impact in the half. The Bears average starting field position on their first five drives was the 20-yard line, and three have started drives inside the 17. Tim Masthay has been a factor for the Packers. The Bears elected to punt instead of attempting field goals from about 52 and 48 yards.