NFC Championship: Packers @ Bears

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears Sun. Jan. 23rd 2011 3pm EST

One of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL today is without a doubt when the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears of the NFC North division go head-to-head during the NFL regular season.

Even though these two NFC North teams have only met in the playoffs just once in the past, the Bears and Packers have played each other more times than any two franchises in NFL history.

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There is no question that there is no love lost between these two bitter rivals as they absolutely want to destroy each other when they go head to head during the regular season, but this time around a Super Bowl appearance is on the line which means this rivalry will be taken up a notch.

Not only could this be the biggest game in franchise history for both of these teams, but they will almost certainly be some bad blood on the field as the Packers and the Bears have two solid defenses. Chicago has the better defense in public opinion as they have lived and died on the defensive end of the football for years now, but Green Bay being underestimated on the defensive end of the gridiron would be the Bears biggest mistake

Along with this NFC Championship game being a showcase of two dominant defenses led by big names like Brian Urlacher (Chicago Bears) and Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers), the Packers offense will be something to watch as Green Bay’s perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers is playing as good, if not better, than any quarterback during these playoffs.

Last weekend Rogers put on a show as he just lit up the Atlanta Falcons defense en route to scoring a playoff-high 48 points. Even though the Falcons were the favorites in this Divisional playoff game, the Packers played as if they had nothing to lose and were virtually unstoppable on the offensive side of the football.

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The Packers defense gave up three touchdowns to the Falcons (21 points), but the third touchdown was in garbage time has Clay Matthews and company basically dominated Matt Ryan’s potent offense all day long

Although the Chicago Bears are not known for their offense, quarterback Jay Cutler did have perhaps his best game as a Pro with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns to lead the way in the win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Obviously, the Seattle Seahawks defense cannot even be compared to the Green Bay Packers defense, but the confidence factor may come into play as Cutler could be in his stride right now as leader of the Bears.

Ultimately, I can’t see the Chicago Bears come out on top against their division rivals this weekend as the Green Bay Packers are just a better all around team and firing on all cylinders right now.

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