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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 01/16/2011

NFL playoffs live: Wes Welker benched for start of Jets-Patriots

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 4:41 p.m.

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick benched wide receiver Wes Welker for the start of the game against the New York Jets because of comments Welker made late last week.

Welker, in a press conference, made not-so-sly references to feet, a dig at Jets Coach Rex Ryan, that were replayed endlessly. Welker was in for a punt return after the Jets' first series, but was not in with the offense on the Patriots' first series.

Welker was in on the Patriots' second offensive series.

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Post toe-sties: Sometimes, you just have to applaud The New York Post and its willingness to skewer even the hometown coach and his alleged predilections (cover at right). And then they top it off by rodentizing an opponent (back page, below cover at right).

During training camp, Adam Schefter reminds, "...Rex Ryan signed Jets logo on ESPN tour bus, 'Soon to be Champs.' Wes Welker signed Pats logo, 'One game at a time.' "

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No word on what Matt Hasselbeck or Jay Cutler wrote. Mike Martz may still be writing.

On the Fox pregame show, Jay Glazer reported that the Patriots may have indulged in a Sal Alosi move of their own against the Jets.

But enough of all that stuff. There's a game, one of two today, to be played. Rex Ryan chose to let a former Jet do the inspiring of his team Saturday night. Dennis Byrd, the team's defensive lineman who recovered from paralysis after breaking his neck in a 1992 game, spoke to players and, according to a Braylon Edwards tweet: "As God is my witness, I have never been more ready to perform in my life. Dennis Byrd, I respect, salute and honor you."

Capitol ideas: The NFL and NFL Players Association have a new arena -- the halls of Congress.

The other Ryan: Rob Ryan, Rex's twin, is expected to be the Dallas Cowboys' new defensive coordinator, according to ESPN. Rob Ryan had worked for Eric Mangini in Cleveland this season.

A pic for Rodgers: There wasn't much else for Aaron Rodgers to do Saturday night, so he struck some poses.

Herewith, the live, in-game thread. Tweet your way up here (#NFLWP) or dive into the comments.



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By Cindy Boren  | January 16, 2011; 12:28 PM ET
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Comments

Cindy- That was a rather good Natl Anthem

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The dude is from Vienna, Va. And he has a ring that weighs more than my cat. http://wapo.st/fxOOi0

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Jay Cutler ate his Dia-Wheaties this morning.

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 16, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Lawyer Milloy is still in the league? Looks to have lost a step or 5.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

He's lost the whole flight.

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 16, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

That looks like it could be a neck injury. That hurt me just watching it.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

No thumbs-up from the cart.

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 16, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

No thumbs up...looked like his neck took a lot of the impact.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

No thumbs-up from the cart.

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 16, 2011 1:19 PM

Where's the dislike button?

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Sounds as if his bell was just pretty severely rung.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

From the Seahawks:

INJURY UPDATE: Carlson, a head injury with feeling in his extremities, the stretcher was only pre-cautionary.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

hawks might want to cover Greg Olsen

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Love watching football in the snow almost as much as I like playing FB in the snow.

At least, I remember liking playing football in the snow.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

More snow! More two-faces-of-Jay Cutler!

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

You'd have to be a real dope to pick a 10 pt road dog to win at Soldier Field.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing after that first TD by Olsen they benched Lawyer Milloy and forgot to send in his replacement.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Who did that?

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

lol Dies, it's not like they were the first team in history to make the playoffs w/a losing record.

Oh, wait...

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

this guy

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This game might not be over yet. Oh, wait. It's the NFC West.

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 16, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes you should do your thinking inside the box, Diesel.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Black-Eyed Peas? Really?

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to not watch American Idol. I'd rather watch the 2007 game where the Pats beat us 52-7 on a loop.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

There is a greater chance of Seattle winning this game than there is of me watching Idol. I have never seen one minute of it.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

My wife loves AI. Sometimes I have to watch it with her.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 2:42 PM | Report abuse

No AI talk until 38-0 please.

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 16, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What is Moose Johnston wearing? Nucky Thompson wants his clothing ensemble back.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Cam Cutler or Jay Newton?

2 TDs for the diabetic wonder.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Did the bears loss to the Skins change the way they play O? Seems like a different team after they were picked off four times by Hall.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Was thinking the same thing, kerz. I think I heard Lovie stepped in and asked Myway Martz to make some changes after that game.

FGs ain't gonna cut it. The Seahawks now have a better chance of getting mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear in the same day as they do winning this game.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It's only a 25-point game now. Time to pay attention. The fourth quarter is gonna be fierce. Or, perhaps, not.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

With gunslinging JC throwing, Seattle my not be out just yet.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Lovie reminded Martz that Cutler isn't Warner.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Regular bear? RLB, I would have accepted any of the following..

American Black Bear, Spectacled Bear, Brown Bear, Asiatic Black Bear, Sloth Bear, Sun Bear, or everybody's favorite the Panda Bear.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The Seahawks now have a better chance of getting mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear in the same day as they do winning this game.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 3:28 PM


Yeah, but what are the odds that there would be anything left of you to maul after the polar bear was done?

Oh. I see what you did.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

or everybody's favorite the Panda Bear

Diesel, are you suggesting I get mauled by the thing I love the most?!

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Romo, you'd never see it coming. Be afraid.


Very sporting of the Bears to let a RB throw the ball into coverage. I'm guessing he won't be doing that again. Bright side of it for the Bears is, he learned his lesson against a bad team. Versus the Packers, Jets, or Pats, that could be the difference in the game.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The Seahawks now have a better chance of getting mauled by a polar bear and a regular bear in the same day as they do winning this game.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 3:28 PM

At 28-10 the odds have improved: mauled by a polar bear and bitten by a rabid raccoon in the same month.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 16, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

RLB- Those Panda SOBs have gotten a free pass for so long. Nobody but me sees them for the jerks that they are.

What if the Seahawks visit the San Diego Zoo. That would certainly give them a better chance of getting mauled.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

My apologies for this one..

What if one of the Seahawks is menstruating at the San Diego Zoo. After all the bears can smell the menstruation.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I was curious and decided to see if the San Diego Zoo even has polar bears, due to the warm climate. Turns out they do, and even better, you can watch them live:

http://www.sandiegozoo.org/polarcam/index.html

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

And Polar Bear Cam > Snow Cam.

Sorry, Cindy.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Pretty bad on Locklear there for the Seahags. Blatantly holding your guy and he still gets 1/2 a sack = Fail.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Great, Diesel, bears. Now you're putting the whole team at risk.

Zilla, nice! Agreed, cranky bear fockers > snow.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Aaaand the Seahags regress to the mean.

Love it. Now all of these fairweather Hags fans out here in the Other Washington can go back to not caring the least bit about football.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting a hankering for some Cutler-flavored crow. Lemme rummage around the fridge and see what I can find. I can still think he's a total SJK though.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I miss the snow cam.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Also, I read that whole riff about bears as "beers."

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Gotta watch out for those regular beers, they'll getcha.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

How many feet of bench will Welker occupy at the start of the game?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

speaking of beer. Gotta make a run..

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think the Pats would look this vincible.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Curious, if both Cutler and Sanchez make it to the SB, does it vindicate Snyderrato in any way?

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Pats look utterly vincible. I am aware, however, that they've had past success with comebacks.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

That "Woodcock" fellow plays a lot bigger than 180.

It's also interesting to note that the Pack, Stillers, Pats, and Jets all run a 3-4 D.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it vindicates Snyderrato, but you guys tell me.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Kerz, I don't think there was anything wrong with coveting those guys. But...first, It's paying the cost of acquiring them that would have been dumb. Second, who's saying we'd have used either of them with any success? Don't get me wrong, Cutler the player could be great with Shanny at the helm, but not at the expense of Rak and Trent.

Look at the Jason Taylor era for how acquiring either of them would probably have turned out.

Long way of saying no.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the Pats' best chance is if genetics kicks in and Brian Schottenheimer plays Martyball.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 16, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Snyderatto vindicated by Cutler or Sanchez = No.

Shanahan switching to the 3-4 vindicated by Packers/Steelers/Patriots/Jets = Yes.


Because I said so.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

That "Woodcock" fellow plays a lot bigger than 180.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 6:20 PM


Principal Skinner: "It's already wiped out the dodo, the cuckoo and the nene. And it has nasty plans for the booby, the titmouse, the woodcock and the titpecker."

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan switching to the 3-4 vindicated by Packers/Steelers/Patriots/Jets = Yes.

Agree 100%. Defensive rankings=power rankings.


Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Cutler would have cost us Trent, Orakpo, Landry, & Cooley. DHall wouldn't be in this year's Pro Bowl either.

Sanchez would have suffered a career ending injury behind our OL last YR. He has the benefit of playing behind arguably the best OL and a top 3 defense, I'm not impressed by him at all.

And I picked up Flying Dog IPA, brewed and bottled in beautiful Frederick, MD. just in case anyone was wondering..

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Agree with the consensus, just one of those random thoughts that pass through my drink induced mind.

Plus both those QBs have pretty good D to help them out.

Posted by: kerzon417 | January 16, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Between Sanchez and Brady...Who's more dreamy?

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Blackhawks-singer-leads-Bears-fan-in-rousing-nat?urn=nfl-308250

I don't usually get siced for the Nat'l anthem but this was way better than average. You also get a view of the dude's ring.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Stupid Jets.

Stupid Rex Ryan.

Go Steelers.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 16, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The J-e-t-s have no class and it starts with their coach.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh's gonna have some trouble with this Jets D. 8 sacks against Dreamy McDreamerson?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Watching 60 Minutes...

Every sign was there with Jared Loughner, even the looks of the two friends they were able to find.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

^^ You know you're wearing that headband right now. No doubt.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

If I'm wearing that headband then you're rawking the other friend's stache.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Hells yeah.

Here's how I see it:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2669/3830666415_880ec80e33.jpg

As for me:

http://www.manwhole.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/kip.jpg

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Kip-

Well, things are getting pretty serious right now. I mean, we chat online for likeā€¦ two hours every day so I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 16, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Your Mom goes to college...

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 16, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Diesel44

The J-e-t-s have no class and it starts with their coach.


The j-e-t-s lack class, but like their coach, they got b-a-l-l-s.

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Gotta Statement:

There's a certain pro football team in the Virginia-Maryland area whose fans profess that without a stellar offensive line, no team can win.

Gotta Question:

If the statement is believed to be true, how come three teams with so-so offensive lines, but gutsy young quarterbacks, Stillers-Bears-Packers are still bangin'?

Posted by: MistaMoe | January 17, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

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