Looking back on the 89-year history between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears, it's astonishing to see that this will only be the second time the two teams have met in the playoffs, but it's no secret, with a Super Bowl berth on the line, that this is the biggest game in the history of this great rivalry.
The Bears, fresh off a dominating performance against the Seattle Seahawks, will host the red-hot Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field today, with the winner advancing to Super Bowl XLV. Last week, Green Bay upset the Atlanta Falcons, the number one seed in the NFC, in a dominating fashion--winning 48-21. But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who last week was 31-36 for 366 and 3 TDs, will have his hands full with the swarming Bears defense led by defensive end Julius Peppers. Will Rodgers, after making mincemeat of the Eagles and Falcons, continue his star-making performance in these playoffs or will Jay Cutler lead the Bears to the franchise's third Super Bowl? The streaky Cutler has only beaten the Packers once in five career games, so he'll have his work cutout for him.
This game promises to be an entertaining matchup between teams that are capable of making plays on boths sides of the ball, but look for the Packers (perhaps with a well-timed play by AJ Hawk or Charles Woodson) to continue their stunning playoff run and advance to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998.
Prediction: Packers 38 Bears 28
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