As I mentioned Friday, I’m through being bitter about the media’s golden-child treatment of the Packers this season. Indeed, the Packers now deserve all the credit they’re getting for making it to the NFC Championship game as the sixth seed in the NFC field.
I cheered neither for nor against Green Bay tonight, because either way, my cheering would have nothing to do with the outcome of the game. I knew deep down that I had to want the Packers to win. Of course because IF the Bears can beat the Seahawks tomorrow, they’ll host the championship game. But also, I don’t know if anyone but a Bears or a Packers fan could appreciate just how special a Green Bay-Chicago NFC Championship game would be.
The Bears and Packers have not met in any playoff game since 1941-they did that year because both finished with equal 10-1 regular season records. One week after the Pearl Harbor attack, the Bears took it to the visitors 33-14 on their way to their second straight NFL championship. And in the 70 years since, the Bears and Packers have not met in the postseason.
Green Bay dominated and embarrassed the Falcons. Aaron Rodgers is on fire-and as much as I have to hate every Packers quarterback, I have always admired him for the way he’s battled back from adversity.
No more Bears-Packers talk unless and until the Bears do what they need to do against the Seahawks. But giving credit to Green Bay, as it’s due.