Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fox NFL Sunday previews Bears/Packers NFC Championship Game

From Fox Sports -


Packers/Bears Clash in Chicago for the NFC Title Sunday Afternoon on FOX

FOX NFL SUNDAY Pregame Live from Soldier Field: Coverage at 2:00 PM ET

Long: Bears Could Have Knocked Out Red-Hot Packers Week 17

– A trip to Super Bowl XLV is on the line Sunday, Jan. 23 (2:00 PM ET) as Jay Cutler and the Bears look to out-duel Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in a matchup of two of the NFL’s oldest rivals. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver & Chris Myers call this high-octane battle for the George Halas trophy and NFC title in the Windy City. NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira joins in the booth to cover and explain any impactful officiating calls.

Coverage begins at 2:00 PM ET with America’s most-watched pregame show, FOX NFL SUNDAY. Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee co-host the Emmy Award-winning program and are joined by analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson live at Soldier Field. NFL Insider Jay Glazer presents the latest league news and scoops and comedic prognosticator Frank Caliendo contributes his championship “Frank’s Picks” segment. In this week’s Championship edition, Long breaks down the game plan with members of the Packers defense while reporter Oliver goes right to the top when she sits down with Bears head coach Lovie Smith & Bears general manager Jerry Angelo. NFL on FOX’s John Lynch reports from Heinz Field as the AFC Championship is decided later Sunday between the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears - 3pm
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman,Pam Oliver & Chris Myers
Soldier Field – Chicago, IL

LONG: CHICAGO HAD CHANCE TO KNOCK OUT GREEN BAY WEEK 17…AND DIDN’T – FOX NFL SUNDAY analyst and Super Bowl-winner Howie Long breaks down Sunday’s historic division clash between the Packers and Bears that decides who will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV. “The Week 17 matchup between these two teams was telling in that the Bears opted to play their starters in a game that had no impact on their playoff position. Chicago was motivated to knock Green Bay out of the postseason so they wouldn’t to play them but they didn’t do enough and here we are. Aaron Rodgers is about as hot right now as a quarterback can get in the playoffs and ‘the good’ Jay Cutler came to play last week. These teams are very evenly matched and balanced in many positions. In a game like this, it could come down to special teams making the difference.”

FOXSPORTS.COM’S WHATIFSPORTS PREDICTS PACKERS & STEELERS TO MEET IN SUPER BOWL XLV IN DALLAS – After another successful run through the regular season where predicted winners 57.9% of the time, and produced a solid effort in the Divisional round (3-1), the computers simulated the NFL Conference Championship games 10,001 times in an effort to successfully pick the participants of Super Bowl XLV on FOX. The Packers were the computer’s pick to defeat the Bears in the NFC Championship Game. They beat Chicago 52.1% of the time, but by an average of just over one point, 20.0-18.9. In the AFC Championship Game, the computers picked the Steelers to defeat the Jets 62.4% of the time, by an average of just over three points, 20.2-17.0.

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MOTOCROSS PRO JAMES STEWART IS BACK ON PODIUM AND ON FUEL TV – James Stewart won the Phoenix stop of the AMA Supercross series last Saturday, as he mounts a comeback to win the overall championship for a third time (2007, 2009). A new episode of his FUEL TV reality show “Bubba’s World,” Thursday, Jan 20, (10:00PM ET/PT), has James participating in Red Bull’s annual Flutag competition, riding his bike off a pier and into the ocean.

BEST SURFERS COMPETE AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ON FUEL TV – The world’s best surfers from more than 50 countries compete at “The Billabong International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games” on Saturday, Jan. 22 (9:00PM ET/PT) where host country Peru looks to pull an unprecedented upset over surf powerhouses Australia and USA to win the overall title.

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