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NFL playoff 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


BEARS OFFENSE HAS ROOM TO GROW

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — TE Greg Olsen sprinted past Lawyer Milloy, hauled in the pass from Jay Cutler and didn't stop running until he hit the end zone with a 58-yard touchdown.

The Bears kept going, too.

They gained 473 yards and raced past Seattle 35-24 in a division playoff game this week, showing that even with a simpler offense, they can still be pretty crafty.

When the Bears face the Packers on Sunday for the NFC championship, they'll need another big effort to get by their old rivals, similar to the one they delivered against the Seahawks.

As good as they looked against Seattle, Olsen said, they're "not even close" to what they can be.

"We're still kind of going up," he said. "I still think we have a lot of untapped potential that we're still kind of trying to get to."

Also, Bears LB Brian Urlacher urged the team to accelerate the process of a contract extension — not with himself, but with coach Lovie Smith.

"Pay him, please," Urlacher said. "It makes no sense to me why he wouldn't get an extension. He has proven he's a great coach."

OUT OF PLACE?: From his size (6 feet 5, 241 pounds) and toughness to an ability to deliver in the clutch, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger represents everything Jets coach Rex Ryan wants in a football player.

Ryan just wouldn't have him playing quarterback if he were with the Jets.

"I would've made him a defensive end when he came out (of college)," Ryan said with a laugh of Roethlisberger, who faces his team Sunday for the AFC championship in Pittsburgh. "Obviously, he has the heart. He's tough; a competitor. He's anybody's kind of quarterback."

Times wires

NFL playoff notes 01/18/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:36pm]
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