The Green Bay Packers head to Soldier Field this Sunday to take on The Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game, which will decide who will represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.
The most epic rivalry in NFL history will occur in a playoff game for the first time since 1941. The teams have played each other 182 times total, more than any other two teams have played eachother in the history of the NFL.
I couldn’t think of a better way to start Conference Championship Sunday. This game will be a true Black & Blue Division battle between two teams who know eachother well and two quarterbacks who both still have a lot to prove.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Game Info
- Bears-Packers Date: Sunday, January 23rd
- Bears-Packers Kickoff Time: 3:00 PM ET
- Bears-Packers TV: FOX
- Bears-Packers Announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
- Bears-Packers Point Spread: Packers -3.5 (as of Tuesday)
- Bears-Packers Over-Under Odds: 43.5
The Green Bay Packers come into this game rolling, with victories over a high-scoring Philadelphia Eagles team and then a dominating performance over the NFC’s #1 seed Atlanta. The Packers beat the Eagles in the wild card round 21-16, and handed Atlanta a 48-21 loss in last week’s divisional round.
The Packers offense had a great showing in Atlanta, in the controlled elements of the Georgia Dome, with Aaron Rodgers racking up 366 yards passing. They dominated the Falcons in time of possession, third down conversions, and red zone efficiency. To beat the Bears, they will have to do all those things again.
Green Bay’s defense also played big, intercepting two Matt Ryan passes and recovering two fumbles. Tramon Williams had the play of the game, returning one of the interceptions 70 yards for a touchdown. That play changed the tone of the game, giving Green Bay a 28-14 lead and all the momentum.
Last weekend, the Chicago Bears defeated the Seattle Seahawks, who upset the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints the week before, with an impressive performance. The Bears jumped out to a 21 point lead going into halftime and eventually won 35-24, with most of the Seahawks’ scoring coming after the contest was decided.
The Bears’ offense scored on their first possession, in quick fashion, on a three play drive that ended with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Jay Cutler to tight end Greg Olsen. They scored again on their third and fourth possessions, with touchdown runs by Chester Taylor (1 yard) and Jay Cutler(6 yards), giving them the 21-0 lead.
Cutler threw for 274 yards, had 2 TD passes, and had an additional running touchdown, giving him two for the game. Running back Matt Forte contributed 134 yards of offense (54 rec.), Greg Olsen lad all receivers with 113 yards and a TD. Tight End Kellen Davis scored on the other Cutler TD pass, a 39-yard strike that sealed the game in the fourth quarter.
Chicago’s defense held Seattle to 276 total yards for the game, with most of the yards coming late in the fourth quarter. The Bears only sacked Matt Hasselbeck two times, but were in the backfield more often then not, causing him to throw early before wide receivers could get into their routes. The Bears also shut down the Seahawk running game, only allowing 34 total yards.
Bears v Packers Prediction
This game between the two long-time rivals will have more at stake then ever before. This will be Hinkle vs. Nagurski, Lombardi vs. Halas, Nitschke vs. Butkus, all rolled into one. This is what football is all about.
This game won’t be decided by home field advantage, weather, or who wants it more than the other. It’s going to come down to execution, offensive production, and which team’s defense disrupts the opposing offense more.
The way both teams are playing, it could come down to one play. It could happen at any time, on either offense or defense. It could be a special teams play, a penalty, a field goal or even a coach’s challenge. Everybody, from coaches to players, have to be on top of their game.
Here are my picks:
- Bears-Packers Prediction: Packers 20-18
- Bears-Packers Spread Pick: Bears +3
- Bears-Packers Over-Under Prediction: Under
I see the Packers pulling this game out by the slimmest of margins, in back and forth battle, which will make every fan of the game wish these two teams could play again.
I just think the Packers coaches will have their players ready, and they are better at the most important position: quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is just in a different class than Jay Cutler right now. He is playing at a higher level, as high as anyone in the league, and will be headed to Dallas for the chance to become a Super Bowl Champion.