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NFL playoff news and notes

Wild Card Division Round NFC Title AFC Title Division Round Wild Card
6. Packers  21 6. Jets 17
6. Packers 48 6. Jets 28
3. Eagles 16 6. Packers (12-6) at Super Bowl XLV

6:30 p.m. Feb. 6,

Cowboys Stadium,

Arlington, Texas

TV: Ch. 13

6. Jets (13-5) at 3. Colts 16
NFC 1. Falcons 21 3 Sunday, Ch. 13 6:30 Sunday, Ch. 10 1. Patriots 21 AFC
2. Bears 35 2. Steelers 31
5. Saints 36 2. Bears (12-5) 2. Steelers (13-4) 5. Ravens 30
4. Seahawks 24 5. Ravens 24
4. Seahawks 41 4. Chiefs 7


SOLDIER FIELD TAKES MORE KNOCKS ON TURF

The general manager of Soldier Field, site of Sunday's Bears-Packers NFC Championship Game, said Monday that the Chicago Park District and the Bears have no plans to replace the sod.

"We talked with the Bears, and we think there's good, firm footing," Tim LeFevour said. "We will keep the sod."

Players for both teams agree that the grass surface at Soldier Field is among the worst, if not the worst, in the league. Despite snow showers that made the surface slick and slippery, LeFevour said the turf held up in Sunday's Bears game against Seattle.

Count Packers WR Greg Jennings as a skeptic.

"It's rough," Jennings said. "It's probably one of the worst — probably the worst — in the league." He said he noticed Seahawks receivers slipping as chunks of the field came up Sunday.

In Chicago, the Chicago Park District, which owns the stadium, is responsible for managing and maintaining the field. The district contracts with a third-party company to handle maintenance.

"It's the middle of January in Chicago," Bears TE Greg Olsen said. "We've had a lot of snow, cold, whatnot. You don't have to be a scientist to know grass doesn't grow in these conditions."

RAVENS: Two days after being eliminated by the Steelers, the team said offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will be retained by coach Jim Harbaugh.

SEAHAWKS: CB Marcus Trufant and TE John Carlson were returning from Chicago after suffering concussions in Sunday's loss to the Bears. A team spokesman said the pair had been released from the hospital and were returning to Seattle.

Times wires

NFL playoff news and notes 01/17/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 17, 2011 9:54pm]
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