In 2001, had the Bears defeated the Eagles in the divisional round, and the Packers beaten the Rams, the Bears would have hosted the Packers in the NFC Championship Game. I thought at that time, “How awesome would that be!!!”
In my lifetime, either the Bears and Packers have both been really bad at the same time (1970′s), the Bears have been good while the Packers were bad (1980′s), or the Packers have totally outclassed the Bears (1990′s and half of this decade). I always told people that it would be great if both the Bears and Packers were good at the same time to bring back meaning to the rivalry.
So on both sides, let’s not forget this week what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it’s going to be to enjoy this game.
Everyone in the world, outside of the Bears and their fans, thinks the Bears have no chance against Green Bay. I already know that when the pregame show is concluding prior to the game, every one of the hosts will have a green G next to their name signifying the Packers as their lock to win the game. Just as they did in September before the game that the Bears won.
I have to have full faith in my Bears, and I do. But at the risk of some calling my attitude defeatist, I also have to steel myself against the potential of seeing the Packers crowned on our home field. The Packers were dominant last week, they are a very good team, and the possibility certainly exists. I will be crushed for a bit if that happens, and certainly I’ll be averting my eyes from the field when I dash for the exit. But while I don’t know if I’m truly a well-adjusted adult or not, I do think that I’m well-adjusted enough to know this is a game over which I have no control. It’s just a game, and I’ll recover, as it has no bearing on the blessings I have in my life. I hope everyone else feels this way also.
Plain and simple, the best team on the field on Sunday is going to win the game, and that’s all there is to it. Even better for the winner of the NFC Championship, now that the New England Patriots were stunned at home and out of the playoffs, the Packers or the Bears have a great chance of winning the Super Bowl.
Enjoy the week. I told many last week that if the Bears and Packers were on tap, I would be tied in knots all week long. It’s only Monday, and this is going to be a long and angst-filled six days.