The NFC Championship Game:
To many fans, Cutler undid a year of solid play in one game. Throughout the first half, Cutler went 6/13 for 80 yards and a pick. He failed to propel the offense to any scoring drives. Worst of all, Cutler and the Bears faced booing fans at halftime. However, we all know why this game gets its own section, the knee injury.
After going three and out in the first drive of the second half, Cutler would leave the game and not return. The enduring image of the NFC Championship game is Cutler riding on the exercise bike while his teammates fought for a Super Bowl berth. The media aimed its guns at Cutler after the Bears fell to the Packers by a score of 21-14. To many, Cutler’s injury wasn’t the only thing in question, but also his heart. News outlets across the nation claimed Cutler quit on his team.
Jay Cutler suffered a grade II MCL sprain which indicates at least a partial tear. The injury usually requires 2-4 weeks to heal.
The locker room seemed divided over the issue. Some took offense to the question being asked while others simply deflected the question. Regardless, Cutler’s injury divided both the locker room, and the city of Chicago, especially considering how Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played in the AFC Championship with a torn ACL just a couple of years earlier.