NFL Championship Game News and Notes - January 20, 2011

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Takeaways and Devin Hester are a winning combination for the Chicago Bears, writes Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Most people expect Jay Cutler to lose the title game, writes Neil Hayes.

The Bears have are putting their trust in rookie right tackle J'Marcus Webb, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.

Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz took the blame for the 10-3 loss to the Packers in the regular season finale.

The Bears need to limit the Packers' big plays, writes Jeff Dickerson of

Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Green Bay Packers have the biggest 3-4 defense in the NFL.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby hasn't fared well in Soldier Field.

With Frank Zombo ailing, linebacker Erik Walden will get another start for the Packers.

No punches will be pulled in Sunday's Packers-Bears game, writes Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Packers running back James Stark was nearly a Bear.

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

Jets Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis haunts his opponents, writes Steve Politi of The Star-Ledger.

Reaching the Super Bowl is all that matters to Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes this week.

Jets kicker Nick Folk knows how to handle kicking in pressure situations, writes Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

After missing the New England game, Jets wide receiver/kick returner Brad Smith hopes he'll be ready to play on Sunday.

To Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha, the rematch with the Steelers is personal.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will emphasize improved play on special teams this week.

Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith won't play against the Jets, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The Steelers may face fewer blitzes from the Jets' defense on Sunday, writes Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Despite not practicing on Wednesday, Steelers cornerback Bryant McFadden hopes to play on Sunday.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reciprocated the lovefest with Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Today's NFL birthdays: Bills kicker Rian Lindell (34), Panthers long-snapper J.J. Jansen (25), Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (24), Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins (30), Colts safeties Al Afalava (24) and Ken Hamlin (30), Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniels (26) and cornerback Benny Sapp (30), Saints tight end Tory Humphrey (28), and Jets safety Emanuel Cook (23).

Free agent tight ends Darnell Dinkins (34) and Jeb Putzier (32), wide receivers Cortez Hankton (30), Anthony Mix (28), and Tab Perry (29), defensive lineman Lonnie Harvey (24), linebackers Ali Highsmith (26) and Travis Williams (28), and long-snapper Bryan Pittman (34),

Former NFL defensive lineman and current Atlanta Falcons defensive line coach Ray Hamilton turns 60. Retired wide receiver Eddie Kennison (38), running back Terry Kirby (41), defensive lineman Michael Myers (35), center/guard Mark Stepnoski (44), and linebacker Jeremiah Trotter (34).

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