There were two tough games played on Championship Sunday with the Packers and the Steelers advancing to the Super Bowl.
The final fantasy football numbers were not impressive, but a few players stole the show.
Packers vs. Bears
James Starks, RB, Packers
Starks had fresh legs coming into the playoffs and he continued his strong performance thus far on Sunday. He had 74 yards and a score against one of the best defenses against the run in the NFL.
Greg Jennings, WR, Packers
Jennings could not be stopped on Sunday. He had eight catches for 130 yards and was the only bright spot in the Packers passing offense. Jennings is showing why he may be considered the top wide receiver to take in next year’s fantasy draft.
The Packers were playing against a backup quarterback for most of the game, but they deserve the credit for this win. They had three interceptions, two sacks and were the reason Cutler was not playing in the first place. One of the interceptions was returned for a touchdown that turned out to be the winning margin in the game.
The Bears had one bright spot in the game and that was their defense. They held the super hot Aaron Rodgers to a mere 244 yards passing with two interceptions. The Packers offense could only muster 14 points against their aggressive defense.
Jets vs. Steelers
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets
Sanchez has the makings of a playoff star. His numbers are considerably better in the postseason versus the regular season. In this game, against the brutal Steelers defense that pummeled him, Sanchez threw for 233 yards and two touchdowns.
He out-performed Big Ben easily. Sanchez has been to two conference championship games in his first two seasons. This experience is going to help him get over that hump in the next few seasons.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Steelers
Mendenhall had 121 yards rushing and a score with 32 yards receiving added on top of that. The Steelers relied heavily on Mendenhall’s ability to run the ball and control the clock. He has proved these past few seasons and in the playoffs why so many people were high on him out of school.
Mendenhall was so happy with his performance he even game his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a few victorious humps on the ground after the first kneel down in the victory formation. (I know there is something funny that can be said here, but I’m not sure it can be printed without repercussions.)
The matchup is set and the Packers will face the Steelers in Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV. Will the passing offense of Green Bay or the ball control offense and stifling defense of the Steelers prevail?
We will find out in two weeks with the deciding factor likely to come down to turnovers, as usual.