The NFC Championship game: As seen on Twitter

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The NFC Championship game was a couple of days ago, as we all know.  It was riddled with bad calls, bad plays, but also some great plays.

But no invention has made football games (well, sports really) more fun, than Twitter.

So, for today’s article, I’m going to see how you guys reacted to the game.  Because football Twitter has some amazing takes and an even better sense of humor!

Here are some of my favorite tweets from the game!!

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Saints roll past the Bears

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Chicago Bears limped into the playoff with an 8-8 record, mostly due to back to back losses by the Arizona Cardinals. The Bears drew quarterback Drew Brees and the NFC South division champion New Orleans Saints.

Let’s face it, not many people had the Bears coming out on top in this week’s wildcard round. However, the Bears stayed around to make this a very winnable game for them going into the 3rd quarter, where they only trailed the Saints by 4 points.

The Bears failed to take advantage after receiving the ball in the second half. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky and the Bears offense could only muster up 27 total yards during their first drive of the second half, ultimately punting the ball back to the Saints.

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How the NFC North was won

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Week 17 is done, and the playoffs are upon us!  I’m always excited because that usually means stress-free football for me. Nothing quite like watching games and not being stressed out. Though, to be honest, this season didn’t stress me so much.

But let’s recap the NFC North and how they got to where they are now. Because outside of the Detroit Lions, it was all pretty interesting.

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The top rookies of the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The NFC North has pretty much shaped up the way we thought it would preseason, though I’m not sure that people thought the Green Bay Packers would be as impressive as they were.

Instead of breaking down where teams stand as we enter the last two games of the season, this week I’m going to focus on the rookies in the division. They’ve done a good job, and deserve to get a little shine. So let’s help them get their shine on!

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Around the NFC North in 3 words

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Many things have changed since I last wrote about the NFC North. Namely, the Detroit Lions are now in the market for a new GM and head coach.  The Chicago Bears have come crashing back down to Earth, the Minnesota Vikings seem to remember who they are, and the Green Bay Packers… remain the Green Bay Packers.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I like to be a little creative when it comes to my articles.  It’s fun that way. So, for this article, I asked one fan from each team in the division to describe their season so far in three words.  A little bit challenging, but it can also be fun!

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A win for the Green Bay Packers, a career day for Aaron Rodgers.

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

The Green Bay Packers won their second consecutive game on Sunday thanks to a 30-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. While I’m always excited about a win, I DO think the Pack unnecessarily gave up a bunch of points.

Going into halftime, Green Bay was enjoying a 20-3 lead and in under 90 seconds, a fourth-quarter field goal gave the Eagles the opportunity for back-to-back touchdowns, and most the team was nowhere to be seen.

Luckily, the Packers have quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He’s having one of his best seasons in years, almost solidifying his slam-dunk MVP/HOF placement. It’s reminiscent of 2014, which was the last time Green Bay led the NFL in scoring and Rodgers had another award-worthy season.

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The NFC North roundup

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Now that my life is somewhat less complex, let’s talk some football, shall we?

The NFC North has been a division that has surprised me.  At the beginning of the season, if you had told me that the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers would start off the season tied for first, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. But (H)alas, they did. (See what I did there?)

The Bears were what really surprised me at first, but it seems like they’re starting their descent back to Earth. After starting their season 3-0, they’ve gone 2-4. Now, losing running back Tarik Cohen certainly doesn’t help, along with uncertainty at the quarterback position, but their offense just isn’t getting it done. Sunday’s loss to the Titans pretty much showed us that.

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Midseason check in with the OTFB Fan Forum

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West/AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

We are halfway through a season we weren’t even sure we were going to get. It seems almost impossible, but the NFL has kept on track during the pandemic and for some teams, things are going quite well. Others…not so much.

I reached out to our fan forum to check in with them to see how they felt their favorite teams were doing 8 weeks into the 2020 season.

Matt Cullen is a new member of our fan forum. He is a long-suffering New York Jets fan, and at the halfway mark, is ready for a change.

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I’ve got the power: NFC North power rankings

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I apologize for not getting this out last week, but you’re getting it now, so I hope this makes up for it.

You all will remember that I do my power rankings a little differently.  This go ’round, I’m going to rank the biggest surprises in the NFC North after the first 5 games. And there are quite a few surprises…

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Week 4 in the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Well, the division was 3-1 this past weekend, with the only loss being the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings look to get their first win this week, and the rest of the division looks to keep up with their winning ways.  Here we go around the division to see how they’ll fare in week 4.

Let’s start with the 0-3 Minnesota Vikings.  After a scare with the Coronavirus this week after having playing Tennesee, the Vikings will travel down to Houston to take on the 0-3 Houston Texans.

It seems both teams are getting used to their offseason moves. The Vikings getting used to playing without wide receiver Stefon Diggs, and the Texans without WR DeAndre Hopkins. And so far, neither team is better for it.

I’m going to have to take the Texans in this game for 2 reasons.  Quarterback play (Sorry, I just have never really trusted Kirk Cousins) and the Houston defense.

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