If you were hoping for 2009's high-scoring, crisp, offensive-driven end to the postseason, you might be disappointed.
Defense has paved the way for the NFL's Final Four of 2010.
The teams still in the hunt for the Vince Lombardi Trophy ranked Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6 in the league in points allowed during the regular season, and Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have all been eliminated from the playoffs. With Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and Mark Sanchez still alive, there will be a first-time Super Bowl starting quarterback from the NFC and possibly another from the AFC.
As well as Cutler, Rodgers and Sanchez have played to this point, they shouldn't be expected to deliver more than a collective 90 passer rating this weekend.
Who has the edge?
The defenses are just too good.
The Packers' red-hot offense is up against a division rival that knows it better than anyone, and matches up well to its personnel and schemes. In three career starts in Soldier Field, Rodgers is 1-2 with as many turnovers (three) as touchdown passes.
Chicago's defensive patience and physicality can slow down the Packers, meaning Green Bay's defense must follow suit.
On that play, Ryan rolled to his left and threw an out route to Michael Jenkins for the winning score.
It was tight, man-to-man coverage by cornerback Myron Lewis, and without a perfect throw the pass would have been incomplete -- or intercepted. It took guts for Ryan to even attempt the throw and pinpoint accuracy to complete it.
Williams had seen that play on film. He knew when he saw the tight splits by Atlanta's receivers, and Ryan rolling left, that the out route was coming.
Williams held back, letting White get outside of him, so Ryan would think White was open. Just as Ryan began his delivery Williams broke.
The throw was late. Against Tampa Bay, Ryan threw the ball as Jenkins was breaking. Against Green Bay, he threw it after White broke.
The combination of the late throw and Williams' perfectly timed jump, allowed Williams to catch the pass cleanly, in stride, and return it 70 yards for a touchdown.