Hard times for Lobos, Packers and Steelers in Super Bowl
Since Mountain West Conference play has started, Lobo fans maybe wondering when it's time to hit the panic button. Perhaps the time is now, with New Mexico losing a heart breaker to UNLV 63-62 Saturday afternoon. New Mexico had the lead going into halftime but didn't put themselves in a position to win. The Lobos shot 25 percent from three point range and had 20 turnovers. Despite bad shooting and Lobo Alex Kirk scoring only two points with zero rebounds, New Mexico had a chance to send the game to overtime. UNM's Kendall Williams could have clenched it when he was fouled with 1.1 seconds left. Williams hit the first free throw but missed the second, giving UNLV the win. With four conference loses, the Lobos need someone to emerge a leader. UNM returns home for a two games against TCU and No. 9 BYU. If the Lobos don't win both these games, it's panic time.
Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to a 21-14 victory over the Chicago Bears to capture the NFC championship. Rodgers wasn't perfect, throwing two interceptions but added a rushing touchdown and always gave his team good field position. The Packers defense was hard hitting and nasty, knocking Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler out of the game. Players around the league were questioning Cutler's injury on Twitter by calling him a sissy and a quitter. Cutler is a lot of things but a quitter is not one of them. Cutler sitting out was the right decision and hopefully he can bounce back from his knee injury. The Packers had multiple chances to bury the Bears but kept the game close. Green Bay will have to clean up the mistakes and play more consistent in order to become victorious on Super Bowl Sunday.
The New York Jets must have decided not play to the first half of the AFC championship game. Pittsburgh had a 24-3 lead and loads of momentum pushing the Jets into a hole. New York's Mark Sanchez had two touchdown passes in the second half but it was too late. Pittsburgh held on 24-19 and clearly must be considered a league powerhouse. Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin is an elite football mind.
Super Bowl XLV features two battle tested teams and should be a game to remember.