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Bears Vs. Packers: Ready for a Mauling?

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Allowing a Cheesehead to invade here and write down his thoughts have now counted as my charitable deed of the year. It feels good to get that out of the way so early in the year.

The Chicago Bears won't be feeling that charitable tomorrow.

While Monty did have an impressive list of facts to support his assertion that the Bears are merely lucky, one detail he failed to delve into was the last meeting between the two team.

Week 17, the final week of the season. The Bears already had a first-round bye locked up and although they could have gotten the top seed in the NFC, a lot of unlikely events would have had to happen in order for this to come through. So although they played their starters throughout the game, the playoff intensity just wasn't there.

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The Green Bay Packers however had to win the game in order to grab the six-seed. This was a must win game that they had the benefit of hosting at Lambeau Field. The final score of the game: 10-3 Packers win.

Yes this epic offense that have plowed down the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons on the road in consecutive weeks mustered only 284 total yards with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing a pick and wide receiver Donald Driver losing a fumble.

Consider me scared.

Anyone who knows anything knows that the Bears will win. They know that quarterback Jay Cutler has a 94.5 quarterback rating in his last seven games that happen to include some stinkers (at the aforementioned Lambeau and at home against the New England Patriots.)

They know that the Bears have one the better run defenses.

They know that the Bears have Devin Hester on kickoff and punt returns.

They know that this will be a game of defense.

They know that the Packers are three-point road favorites by Vegas, and that Vegas went 1-3 in last week's games.

They know that in the only other meeting between the two teams in the playoffs in 1941, the Bears beat the Packers 33-14 at Wrigley Field to go on to the NFL Championship Game where they beat the New York Giants 37-9.

Basically all signs point to a Bears victory, and those who say otherwise are just deluded. It's not going to be a blowout despite I wishes. What's going to happen is the Packers are going to have the ball with three minutes left in the game and driving to kick a field goal to win the game. Inexplicably the Bears Tampa-2 defense will allow the Packers to get to the Bears 40-yard line with one minute left. The Packers take a timeout.

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Rodgers goes into the shotgun and makes his reads. He sees Donald Driver 20 yards away down the middle of the field and throws the ball. But wait what is this? It's Brian Urlacher with the ball in his hands falling to the ground and cradling the ball as if it were a screaming baby that were being thrown.

Bears win 14-13.

As for the AFC game, I still don't have a read on it. The final score will be 31-14, but I just don't know who will win it. And really who cares?

The Bears will take down whomever is in the Superbowl.


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