Sunday, January 16th, 2011

A Legendary Championship Game - Part II

Our neighbors to the north did their part last night. The Green Bay Packers travelled to the Georgia Dome and destroyed the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons to advance to the NFC Championship Game. I expected a good game, but not a 48-21 trouncing. Yet, I'm hesitant to call that an upset. On paper, yes. But, if you go back to the start of the 2010-2011 campaign, a number of sports writers predicted the Packers as serious Super Bowl contenders. Now, it's up to the Chicago Bears.

At noon today, the Bears will play host to the Seattle Seahawks. I'll admit that at the beginning of this NFL season, I didn't see many signs of hope for the Bears. If you recall, I posted a blog early in the season where I predicted four or five wins. Little did I imagine they would win 11 games, be crowned NFC North Division champions and earn the second seed in the NFC playoffs. With the elimination of the Falcons, the NFC Championship Game could be played in Chicago next weekend. That of course depends upon the outcome of today's game.

Today, the Seattle Seahawks will attempt to extend their good fortune and live on borrowed time. The Seahawks are the only team to advance to the playoffs with a losing record (except for a strike shortened season in 1982). Seattle won their division title with a 7-9 record. The Bears and Seahawks did meet earlier this season on Sunday, October 17. The Seahawks won 23-20. Though the score looks close, outside of the opening drive, the Bears were never in that game.

To further complicate the situation, many of the Bears will be playing in their first playoff game. That includes the quarterback, Jay Cutler. Still, I don't think the Bears will lose this game. The team is playing better than they did in October. Of course, the Seahawks did defeat the defending Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints, last week. I guess that's why they play the games.

If the Bears can advance and meet the Packers in the NFC Championship next week, the television ratings will be through the roof. We're talking about the equivalent of a Yankees/Red Sox ALCS.

Again, the Bears and Packers have only meet in the postseason once. Back in 1941.


16 Comments
_DELETED_soundchick
I really think that almost if not every sport is fixed now. The Atlanta/Green Bay game was either fixed or the Atlanta Falcons entire coaching staff had a mental collapse. There were two touchdowns that should not have been called touchdowns but absolutely no one, from the announcers to the sports writers, have said a word and nobody threw a towel last not to contest those calls. The NFL has become a joke this year.
soundchick   Sunday, January 16, 2011
billpearch
Just a load of mediocre teams. Other than the Patriots, no team seems dominate. The Bears are winning 27-0 in the third.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 16, 2011
billpearch
And the PAT makes it 28-0.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 16, 2011
billpearch
The 2010 World Series is proof that games aren't fix. Who would've wanted a Giants/Rangers series?
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 16, 2011
billpearch
Bears vs. Packers next week.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 16, 2011
_DELETED_soundchick
But they sure would have wanted a Bears/Packers game
soundchick   Sunday, January 16, 2011
jef
I think the nfl has been more fun this year. You never know what is going to happen. Watching predictable games can get a little boring.

I was rooting for Green Bay last night. Partly because I was at brew pub in Wisconsin, but mostly because it will be really exciting to watch the Bears play the Packers for the NFC championship. It will hurt more if the Bears loose to Green Bay, but it will be awesome if they beat them to get to the super bowl.
jef   Sunday, January 16, 2011
MikeJ
Next week should be a great game. After the Colts were knocked out last week, I threw my support for the remainder of the playoffs to the Packers. I like Aaron Rodgers a lot, after seeing him emerge as an elite QB so quickly after sitting on the back burner behind Favre for years. Actually last night was a showdown between two of my favorite QBs, as I also enjoy Matt Ryan. Next week's game should be interesting though with how Cutler played today and how Rodgers as been playing for the past few weeks. The Bears should have the upper hand on the running game with Forte. And then you have that defense...
Burger Boss   Sunday, January 16, 2011
billpearch
I was shocked to see the Patriots lose to the Jets a few minutes ago. I thought the Patriots were the closest to a lock for the Super Bowl.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 16, 2011
jef
Being a Bears fan I can admit that Rodgers is a great QB and it's been really impressive how fast he has developed in a short time.

Bill, I can't believe the Patriots lost either, but I'm glad.
jef   Sunday, January 16, 2011
mattpike
I'm glad I didn't have any money riding on any of this, because it would have been on the pats. I don't mind seeing them lose though. Go....??? I'll pull for the bears if we can have peppers back next season.
mattpike   Sunday, January 16, 2011
billpearch
Matt, unfortunately everyone in Chicago must decline your request.
Bill Pearch   Sunday, January 16, 2011
_DELETED_soundchick
The Bears/Packers game next week is going to be NASTY!!!!! Go Bears!
soundchick   Monday, January 17, 2011
RickMonday
This game is a lock for the Bears. After all, Cutler has NEVER lost in the playoffs!!!
RickMonday   Monday, January 17, 2011
_DELETED_soundchick
Don't jinx it, Rick!
soundchick   Monday, January 17, 2011
jef
Ha, ha, Rick. Cutler has quite the one game streak going. 3-0 would be much better.
jef   Monday, January 17, 2011
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