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Rodgers, Packers topple Bears for NFC championship

CHICAGO (AP) — There was one Monster of the Midway in the NFC championship game and his name was
Aaron Rodgers

He ran for a touchdown. He made a touchdown-saving tackle. And he was better than three Bears quarterbacks in leading the

Green Bay Packers
to the Super Bowl with an ugly-but-beautiful 21-14 victory Sunday over Chicago.

“It’s a dream come true,” Rodgers said. “It’s an incredible feeling. I’m at a loss for words.”

Rodgers kept the Bears’ defense off balance all afternoon, Green Bay punter
Tim Masthay
Devin Hester
under wraps and the Packers’ superb defense took care of the rest in knocking the rival Bears out of the playoffs.

It was the 182nd meeting in the league’s most historic rivalry, and the stakes had never been bigger.

Now the Packers (13-6) are headed to Dallas. And no matter what happens in the Super Bowl, the Packers and their fans hold
ultimate bragging rights over their rivals to the South. The Packers will play the winner of Sunday night’s AFC title game
between the
New York Jets
Pittsburgh Steelers

Jay Cutler
could do was watch, having left the game with a knee injury early in the third quarter. And with Cutler sitting, little-known
Caleb Hanie
actually made it a game.

Chicago’s third-string quarterback rallied the Bears for a touchdown drive to cut the lead to 14-7 after
Chester Taylor
‘s 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.

Hanie and the Bears had a chance to tie the game after the Bears’ defense finally got a few stops, but Hanie threw a ball
straight to Packers defensive lineman B.J. Raji, who lumbered 18 yards into the end zone for a touchdown to give the Packers
a 21-7 lead.

But Hanie wasn’t finished, throwing a 35-yard touchdown pass to
Earl Bennett
to again cut the lead to seven points with 4:43 left.

The Bears (12-6) forced a punt and got the ball back with under 3 minutes left. Hanie drove the Bears to the Green Bay 29-yard
line, then threw a fourth-down interception to
Sam Shields
– the rookie’s second interception of the game.

Now all those Pro Bowl voters who didn’t think Rodgers was worthy can relax. They’re off the hook.

Rodgers will be busy getting ready for the Super Bowl instead.

Rodgers proved ready for the biggest day of his brief but impressive career as the successor to
Brett Favre
, even if his final stat line didn’t look impressive after an ugly, hard-fought game.

He threw for 244 yards with two interceptions, but his play in the first half put the Bears in a hole as their defense that
seemed to fall for every play-action fake.

“You have to give credit to their defense,” Rodgers said. “I didn’t play my best game. They had a good plan.”

It was the latest in a series of big moments for Rodgers, who wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl but has earned near-universal praise
for the way he has played this season – especially since sitting out the Packers’ Dec. 19 loss at New England because of a

Rodgers has been on a hot streak ever since, and doing it under pressure. The Packers would have been out of the playoffs
with a loss in either of their last two regular-season games, including the regular season finale against Chicago.

With the Packers leading 14-0 at halftime, Green Bay’s defense forced a three-and-out to begin the second half, and Rodgers
went back to marching the Packers down the field.

Rodgers then threw an interception to
Brian Urlacher
on third-and-goal, ran him down near midfield, and just barely prevented him from running it back for a touchdown by throwing
him off balance with his attempt at a tackle.

But the Bears couldn’t make anything happen with primary backup
Todd Collins
in for Cutler, and appeared to be headed for a blowout until Hanie took over.

Packers players were surprised Cutler didn’t come back.

“You know if he doesn’t come back it had to be serious, not to come back and play in this game,”
Charles Woodson

Packers linebacker
Clay Matthews
wasn’t sure when Cutler got hurt.

“Obviously you expect to get four quarters of play, but who knows what we did to him,” Matthews said.

Rodgers was stellar on the Packers’ first possession of the game, hitting
Greg Jennings
for long gains and later finding
Jordy Nelson
wide open after a play fake for a long completion to set up first-and-goal. Rodgers kept the ball on a bootleg two plays later,
stretching the ball over the goal line to put the Packers on the scoreboard first.

But the Packers lost veteran left tackle
Chad Clifton
to a neck stinger when he collided with a teammate on the touchdown play. Clifton would return midway through the second quarter.

The Bears went with a heavy dose of running back
Matt Forte
early on, with very limited success.

Green Bay’s defense forced the Bears to punt out of their own end zone late in the first quarter – and returner
Tramon Williams
bobbled the ball, then got it back to give the Packers’ offense good field position.
Brandon Jackson
faked Urlacher out for a long gain on a screen pass, and Rodgers’ pass to Nelson set up
James Starks
‘ 4-yard touchdown run to give Green Bay a 14-0 lead.

The Bears were in a hole, and even Hanie’s unlikely rallies couldn’t bring them back.

“Just disappointment,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “We got into a hole but the guys fought back.”

Source: Rodgers, Packers topple Bears for NFC championship

Caleb Hanie: Third-String Quarterback Hanie Helps Bears Score First Touchdown


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Caleb Hanie: Third-String Quarterback Hanie Helps Bears Score First Touchdown

Caleb Hanie, the Bears third-string quarterback will have the responsibility of leading the Chicago Bears to a come-from-behind win because he’s the only guy they have left.

Todd Collins, a 16-year-veteran, came in for Cutler early in the second half but was ineffective in his short stint, failing to complete any of his four pass attempts.

The Bears pulled the plug on Collins quickly and decided to put in Hanie.  However, their decision to get Hanie some action prevents them from using either Collins or Cutler for the rest of the game.

According to ESPN: “Now that Hanie has entered the game, the Bears won’t be able to use Cutler or Collins because of the NFL’s rules regarding the third quarterback.”

Bears coach Lovie Smith reportedly told FOX that Cutler’s knee was “banged up.”

Hanie could be the boost the Bears need as his first drive of the game resulted in a score.  Hanie completed his first two passes, including a big 32-yard play to Johnny Knox that put them a yard shy of a touchdown.

Goal-line back Chester Taylor rumbled in for a 1-yard score to put the Bears on the scoreboard.

Caleb Hanie is a three-year NFL veteran that played in two regular season games for the Bears this year.

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China used downed US fighter to develop first stealth jet – Daily Mail

Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 10:18 PM on 23rd January 2011

China was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned from a downed U.S. fighter, it has been claimed.

Beijing unveiled its state-of-the-art jet – the Chengdu J-20 – earlier this month.

Military officials say it is likely
the Chinese were able to develop the stealth technology from parts of an
American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.

Lift-off: China's J-20 stealth plane has made a successful test flight

Lift-off: China’s J-20 stealth plane has made a successful test flight

During Nato’s aerial bombing of the
country during the Kosovo war, a Serbian anti-aircraft missile shot the
Nighthawk. It was the first time one of the ‘invisible’ fighters had
ever been hit.

The Pentagon believed a combination of clever tactics and luck had allowed a Soviet-built SA-3 missile to bring down the jet.

The pilot ejected and was rescued but the wreckage was strewn over a wide area of farmland.

Civilians collected the parts – some the size of small cars – as souvenirs.

‘At the time, our intelligence
reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117
disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers,’ says
Admiral Davor Domazet-Loso, Croatia’s military chief of staff during the
Kosovo war.

‘We believe the Chinese used those
materials to gain an insight into secret stealth technologies… and to
reverse-engineer them.’

A senior Serbian military official
confirmed that pieces of the wreckage were removed by souvenir
collectors, and that some ended up ‘in the hands of foreign military

Rising power: China is developing a ballistic missile system and plans to launch its first aircraft carrier in 2015 but insists its military is pursuing a peaceful, defensive policy

In what appears to be a clear message of its military might, China staged the first test flight of the new stealth jet earlier this month – at the same time that U.S. defence chief Robert Gates was in Beijing on the second day of an
official visit.

The fighter
jet’s successful test follows reports that China is planning to launch
its first aircraft carrier and has tested a ballistic missile capable of
sinking U.S. vessels in the Pacific.

The prototype jet was shown in
flight, with civilians and air force personnel watching on, in pictures
on several unofficial Chinese military websites, after local media
outlets had claimed a successful test flight had taken place.

the Chinese government is renowned for its stringent approach to state
secrets, photos and reports of the J-20’s test have remained online.

According to international agencies, the scheduling of the test flight to coincide with Mr Gates’ visit to China, coupled with the seemingly relaxed approach to reports about the flight, indicated Beijing’s willingness to be more open about its military intentions.

Nonetheless, reports of the stealth’s successful test will do little to quell anxieties about the speed of China’s military progress.

The U.S. F-22 Raptor is currently the only operational stealth fighter in the world, while Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 jet is expected to enter active service in the next four years.

But pictures of China’s J-20, which looks larger than the F-22 or T-50, will be of concern to the Taiwanese government, whose antiquated aircraft and radar systems would provide little resistance to radar-evading Chinese jets.

The U.S. has claimed China would not be capable of developing a stealth jet for years and production of the F-22 was recently capped.

But the J-20’s successful test, coupled with reports of the development of an aircraft carrier and missile system, confirms China’s growing military might.


A study of photographs of the aircraft by industry journal Aviation Week revealed the J20…

  • is a single seat, twin-engine aircraft.
  • is bigger and heavier than its Russian (Sukhoi T-50) and U.S. (F-22) equivalents.
  • is around 75ft long with a wingspan of 45ft
  • has landing gear that retracts into body-side bays, indicating the likely presence of F-22-style side weapons.
  • could be loaded with larger weapons including air-to-surface munitions because of the distance of its base from the ground.
  • likely weighs 75,000-80,000lb, with no external load, suggesting a generous fuel capacity.
  • is compatible with newly developed air-to-ground weapons revealed by Chinese engineers at the Zhuhai air show in November.

The F-22 Raptor…

  • is also a single seat-twin engine stealth fighter.
  • is 62 feet long with a wingspan of 44ft 6in, making it lighter and more maneuverable.
  • It stands 16ft, 5in off the ground.
  • can carry medium and short range air-to-air missiles in three internal weapons bays on the bottom and sides of the fuselage.
  • It weighs 43,430lb when empty, and around weight: 64,460lb when loaded. Its maximum takeoff weight is 83,500lb.
  • Its fuel capacity is 18,000lb internally, or 26,000lb when it uses two optional external fuel tanks,
  • While
    many are still operational, the F22 is coming towards the end of its
    shelf-life, with the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act containing
    no funding for F-22 production.

The Sukhoi T50…

  • is currently being developed for the Russian Air Force by Moscow defence company Sukhoi.

  • had, by November 2010, made 40 test flights. The second prototype is due to start its flight test this year.

  • will replace the MiG-29 Fulcrum and Su-27 Flanker and directly compete with the F-22 Raptor.

  • is a one-seat twin engine stealth fighter.

  • is 65.9ft long with a wingspan of 46.6ft and stands 19.8ft high.

  • weighs 40,785lb when empty and 57,320lb fully loaded with a fuel capacity of 22,711lb.

  • has a top speed of Mach 2, 1,560mph.

  • does not yet have armaments but there is apparent provision for two 30mm cannons with two internal bays for guns and missile.



Source: China used downed US fighter to develop first stealth jet – Daily Mail

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