The Green Bay Packers will meet the Chicago Bears next Sunday for the NFC Championship Game. The game will be held in Chicago at 2pm CT on FOX.
This game is for all the marbles. The opportunity of to go to the big dance. The winner will go the the Super Bowl!
Packers vs Bears is the NFL’s longest rivalry, spanning 89 years. This will be only the second time the two have met in the NFC Championship game. The last time was the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
It makes sense that two teams from the NFC North, the black and blue division are going to be fighting it out for a chance to go to Super Bowl XLV. It was destiny.
Before the season even started, the Green Bay Packers had been picked to go all the way to the Super Bowl. We had a good, young team with a lot of talent. The Bears weren’t part of that pre-season hyperbole. They fought and clawed their way to the top of the NFC North and with somewhat consistent play, they managed to win the Division Title.
Midway through the season, the Packers chatter had died down, mostly due to injuries and some unfortunate losses. But the Packers always managed close games. All 6 losses in the regular season were by 4 points or less. Two of them were in overtime.
The Packers are the only team since 1970 to go an entire season and never trail their opponent by more than 7 points.
The Green Bay Packers entered the post season as the number 6 seed, but managed to win their first playoff game against Michael Vick and the high-flying Eagles. The next playoff game was against the number 1 seeded Atlanta Falcons, at the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons had won all but 2 games all season. The Packers came into that game with a point to make. An exclamation point!
The rout of the Falcons with their 7 Pro Bowl players, with the Falcons fans in a dome that was so noisy it actually drowned out Troy Aikman and Joe Buck as they attempted to add color to the blowout. Packers won that game 48-21.
The Packers and Bears have met twice this season, they came out with a 1-1 split.
I think the Packers are going into the game next week, hotter than white hot. The teams is staying hungry and they can see the prize. I fully expect the Packers to come out of the next Sunday with a great big win!
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