NFC title game grades: Pack-Bears
Collins was a disaster in his two drives (0 for 4, two passes nearly picked) and was replaced by Caleb Hanie, a second-year player with 14 career attempts. Hanie nearly saved the day for Chicago with two scoring drives, including a 35-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett, the longest play for either team. But his pick-six (B.J. Raji) proved to be the difference in the game, and his final desperation pass on fourth down was intercepted by Sam Shields.
The official word is that Cutler had a knee injury. But quarterbacks have been benched for similar efforts in big games (6 of 14, 80 yards, 1 INT), including two first-half passes in which he overthrew Devin Hester for a possible game-changing touchdown.
McCarthy will need a better -- and more consistent -- game plan in the Super Bowl. After all, his Packers were a few plays away from blowing a 14-0 fourth-quarter lead and losing to a third-string QB. But for now, McCarthy joins Mike Holmgren and Vince Lombardi as the three coaches to lead Green Bay to a Super Bowl.