#NFL Championship Games News and Notes - January 23, 2011

All I want today are two games so ridiculously entertaining, the NFL and NFLPA stop trading barbs on Twitter to spend the next week locked in a room negotiating on a new collective bargaining agreement.(And that they emerge with one that doesn't include an 18-game regular season or the ridiculously unnecessary "rookie wage scale".)

Sticking with my original picks: Packers over the Bears, and Steelers over the Jets.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Green Bay's ability to replace injured players has defined this team.

Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel looks at how the Packers will stay warm on the sidelines.

The Journal-Sentinel previews and picks today's Packers-Bears game.

The Packers may need time to get acclimated to the playing surface.

Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette thinks the Packers-Bears rivalry isn't as mean-spirited as it was in the old days.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby would love to kick the game-winning field goal.

Four key meetings have put the Bears on the brink of the Super Bowl, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.

The Bears will use the zone blitz to confuse the Packers, writes Matt Bowen.

Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli deserves credit for selling Julius Peppers on the Bears.

Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz has to outsmart Dom Capers, writes Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Bears head coach Lovie Smith has made a solid case for coach of the year honors.

The Bears could use screen passes to negate the Packers' pass rush.

New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is the real deal, writes Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger.

Jets cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie are the keys to the game, writes Conor Orr.

Revis has already won a championship at Heinz Field.

If they win, the Jets will have had the most difficult road to the Super Bowl than any team in Super Bowl history, writes Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.

Jets linebacker Jason Taylor is back where his football journey began.

Mike Tomlin and Rex Ryan have found success with different styles, writes Bob Cohn of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison will go one-on-one with Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

Avoiding special teams blunders is a key for the Steelers, writes Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Steelers linebacker James Farrior was misused during his five years with the Jets.

Despite the frigid conditions, the Steelers' defense plans to go sleeveless.

Field goal attempts figure to be an adventure in Heinz Field tonight.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith (24), Browns kicker Phil Dawson (36) and quarterback Jarrett Brown (25), Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (27), Texans cornerback Antwaun Molden (26), Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery (25), Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Williams (24), Steelers linebacker Keyaron Fox (29) and safety Tuff Harris (28), free agent running back J.J. Arrington (28), cornerbacks Eric Bassey (28) and Ken Lucas (32), offensive tackles Ryan Considine (27) and Brandon Frye (28), wide receiver Chris C. Davis (27), and defensive tackle Derrick Jones (25).

Hall of Fame guard Jerry Kramer turns 75.

Retired quarterback and current USC A.D. Pat Haden (58), tight end/long-snapper Trey Junkin (50), and centers Kevin Mawae (40) and Frank Winters (47).

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