Safety is in the pocket.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | Well aware of how recent Super Bowl champions have struggled to defend their titles, Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy put his statistical guru on the case.
GREEN BAY, Wis. | Packers coach Mike McCarthy had one final chance Wednesday to go over an injury report, providing a fitting end to Green Bay's championship season.
In the end, the game turned out to be much like the Packers' season. Things didn't always go right and that created some angst, but the outcome made it all worthwhile.
The Steelers already have won six Super Bowl rings, more than any franchise, but they'll be going against a team that can hold its own in the history department.
Green Bay knows that the Bears' Jay Cutler has a tendency to throw the ball up for grabs under pressure. And the Packers' defense excels at making life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
The Packers have played four must-win games in a row, and won all of them, to get to the NFC championship game against the Bears. But they say they're not out of gas and are feeling excitement and determination for Sunday's game.
Packers safety Nick Collins says he doesn't plan to engage Bears fans this time at Soldier Field.
Green Bay's best bet is to kick away from Chicago's most dangerous weapon, who has three punt returns for touchdowns this season, including one in Week 3 against the Packers.
James Starks was almost selected by the Bears in 2010 draft but they changed their minds at the last moment. The Packers picked him and he has become an important part of the team's running game late in the season.
Terry McAulay was the referee at Soldier Field in Week 3 when the Green Bay Packers set a franchise record with 18 penalties during a 20-17 loss to the Chicago Bears. He'll also be the referee Sunday when the Packers meet the Bears at Soldier Field in the NFC Championship Game.
Around 5 o'clock region time this morning, Mike Neal was wheeled into surgery, still angry, but resigned to his fate.
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