The game that demonstrates this most from the Bears perspective was the final regular season game of the 2010 NFL season. The Bears went to Goon Bay not only to fight for the best record in the NFL, but also to elimate the Packers from playoff contention.
They lost 10-3 in a game most sort of forget about. Rodgers didn't have a great day, but the Bears offense was simply non-existent so it didn't take much to over come them (as the final score indicates). And that game demonstrated the dramatic differences in the 2 organizations. The Packers, facing an elimination game, found a way to win. The Bears playing in a game where they could destroy the season of a hated rival looked disinterested.
So of course it was the Packers who came to Chicago for the NFC Championship Game later, known by many as "Knee-gate" (or maybe not since I think I just now made it up). The game where Cutler tore his MCL and missed the second half and was widely abused as being less than a man for not toughening it out. This was made more ridiculous due to the very largest Man-gina to ever put on pads (Neon Deion Sanders) calling out Cutler's toughness. A Man-gina who himself displayed less toughness fully healthy throughout his entire career than any average Grandmother with a rolling pin and a purpose.
Regardless of how fair or unfair, it pretty much ruined Cutler's reputation, especially with the average meatball Bears fan. And since the Bears coaches at the time didn't bother to actually explain that Cutler was in fact injured, it just fed the meatballs vitriol. I still to this day don't know why the coaching staff would so casually throw their QB under the bus from a PR perspective other than the fact they were utter morons with no clue.
So now here we are 6 years later. The Packers again in an NFC Championship game courtesy of being given a second chance by the Lions in the final game of the regular season. And Bears fans again negatively discussing Jay Cutler, only not about injury and missed opportunity this time. This time it is about saying goodbye.
Weekly picks -
Last week = 4-0
Regular Season Total = 152-102-2
Playoffs Total = 7-1
AFC - Pittsburgh Steelers @ New England Patriots
I think this is probably the best possible matchup as the Steelers are the team with the best chance to beat the Patriots IMO. I think the Steelers running the ball effectively and limiting Brady's chances will be a big key. And they have to find a way into the endzone, not have a field goal fiesta as they did against the Chiefs.
my pick = Steelers
NFC - Green Bay Packers @ Atlanta Falcons
Both defenses have shown themselves to be vulnerable to the passing game. Both offenses can rack up points like a pinball machine. Playing indoors in a dome, this could possibly become the highest scoring NFC Championship game in history. Rodgers will have his usual day, but I think this is the game Matt Ryan makes a statement that he is a QB to be reckoned with as well.
my pick = Falcons
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