NFL Championship Games News and Notes - January 22, 2011

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac may be on the Denver Broncos' radar screen.

The Packers may use short, high punts to negate the Devin Hester threat, writes Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Green Bay's secondary has good hands, resulting in more picks.

Packers center Scott Wells found himself at the center of a story about the NFL's drug-testing policy.

Two of the NFL's top defensive players will be on the field on Sunday.

Packers undrafted rookie cornerback Sam Shields gives Dom Capers options when calling the game, writes Jason Wilde of

The Bears will do whatever it takes to win, says quarterback Jay Cutler.

Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett could be a primary target for Cutler, reports Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

Bears safety Chris Harris (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game.

The Bears will have a tough time against the Packers' pass rush and cornerbacks, writes Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent, a Hall of Fame finalist in 2011, will be an honorary captain on Sunday.

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a new mentality headed into his second AFC Championship Game, writes Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger.

To protect Sanchez, the Jets will have to out-muscle the Steelers' pass rush.

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie called out Hines Ward.

Former Jets defensive lineman Dennis Byrd will be an honorary captain on Sunday.

Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis missed practice on Friday, but will play on Sunday.

The Jets need Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold to handle Casey Hampton.

Defensive lineman Mike DeVito is an unsung hero on the Jets, writes Jane McManus for

Covering Braylon Edwards will be a tall order for the Steelers' cornerbacks, writes Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appears to have the Jets worried.

Roethlisberger is the most clutch QB in the NFL, writes James Walker of

Pittsburgh's 2010 draft class is paying dividends, writes Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney is frustrated by a lack of progress in talks on a new CBA.

Safety Troy Polamalu practiced on Friday and will play on Sunday.

The Mayoral bets are in.

Today's NFL birthdays: Ravens running back Ray Rice (24), Texans defensive tackle Shaun Cody (28), Vikings cornerback Asher Allen (23), Eagles left tackle Jason Peters (29), Chargers linebacker Larry English (25) and long-snapper James Dearth (35), free agent center Jake Grove (31), running back Walter Mendenhall (25), guard Maurice Miller (25), and linebacker Bear Woods (24).

Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry turns 84.

Retired defensive back/return specialist and current analyst Bucky Brooks (40), cornerback Lester Hayes (56), quarterback Jeff Rutledge (54), and running back Charles White (53).

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