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Low fantasy output in Championship Weekend

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In an interesting turn of events for such prolific passers as Aaron Rodgers (3,922 regular season passing yards, 28 TDs, 11 INTs) and Ben Roethlisberger (3,200 yards, 17 TDs, 5 INTs in 12 games), neither threw a touchdown pass while leading their respective teams to a Super Bowl XLV berth.

However, both showed the other factors that make them a top fantasy quarterback by using their legs to get into the end zone.

The intense cold and wind obviously played a factor in limiting quarterback play in each conference final.

Mark Sanchez had the best quarterback numbers of the weekend, after a big second half in which he threw for 170 yards and two scores while trying to lead a comeback from a 24-0 first-half deficit. But an errant throw to Dustin Keller at the goal line might have been the difference for the Jets and fantasy owners who started the young signal caller.

Only one running back excelled -- Rashard Mendenhall. He was quite impressive, breaking numerous tackles on the way to a 121-yard, one-touchdown evening. He also caught a couple of passes for 32 yards, although one intended pass did bounce off his hands and into the waiting arms of a Jets defender for an interception.

James Starks put up respectable numbers (74 yards, one touchdown) and Matt Forte combined for 160 yards from scrimmage, but didn't get into the end zone which left fantasy owners disappointed.

As for the receivers, Greg Jennings got off to a quick start with two 20-plus yard catches in the opening drive and led all wideouts with 11 targets, eight receptions and 130 yards. No other receiver cracked the 100-yard mark.

The wind and cold also kept the kickers from doing much damage. In fact, there was only a total of two field goals made in both games and none in the Green Bay-Chicago contest.

Finally, both the Pittsburgh and Green Bay defenses scored a touchdown, but it was the Packers with three turnovers and two sacks who led the defense/special teams in fantasy points.

Despite the top quality defenses involved, the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas should provide more offensive statistics because they won't be playing in wind chills below zero.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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