Jay Cutler exits during third quarter

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won’t get a chance to improve upon his desultory play thus far in the NFC Championship.

Todd Collins has entered the game at quarterback midway through the third quarter Sunday with the Bears trailing 14-0.  Cutler has a knee injury and is questionable to return.

Cutler came out of the locker room after halftime, but did play in the team’s first series after intermission.  He threw an incompletion.

This could easily be a three-score game, but Aaron Rodgers threw an interception to Brian Urlacher inside the ten-yard line.  Rodgers made like Ben Roethlisberger on Urlacher’s return and was able to trip the linebacker up, possibly preventing a touchdown.

We watched Collins’ one start this year against the Panthers and he played terrible football.

Fair or not, the image of Cutler taking himself out of this game could be one he struggles to live down for a long time.