- Seahawks beat Saints. I know, I know. It’s a tall order asking the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks to knock off the defending champion Saints, but a trip to Qwest Field is never a sure thing. Besides, the Saints have never won a road playoff game.
- Packers beat the Eagles - I must be crazy rooting for a Packers win, but hang with me. This plan gets interesting. If the Eagles win, they’re heading to Soldier Field and I’d rather take a pass on seeing Michael Vick and the high-flying Eagles. If these two things happen, the Packers head to Atlanta and the Seahawks come to Soldier Field for the divisional round.
- Bears beat Seahawks. Duh! Sure, the Bears lost to the Seahawks earlier this season, but these are two teams headed in different directions and quite a bit different than they were back on October 17th in Week 6.
- Falcons beat Packers. This is where my plan gets really crazy. Why would I root for a scenario where the Bears would miss out on a home game and have to go to Atlanta? Well, because I think the Bears match up really well with the Falcons and I’d rather not see Aaron Rodgers and the Packers for a third time this season. The Bears-Packers rivalry is intense enough, but a matchup for a trip to the Super Bowl? My head might explode. Put the Bears and their speed on that turf in Hot-lanta and you’ve got a great situation for the Bears. For as much complaining as the Bears have done about the lousy turf in Soldier Field, they might be better off away from home.
Keep in mind, this is my ideal path, like when you type into your GPS and select “Fastest Route” instead of “Avoid Highways.” If the Eagles come to Soldier Field, I still like our chances against a battered Philadelphia squad.
If the Saints happen to head north for a re-match of the 2007 NFC Championship game, I’ll be praying for a snowstorm or a deep, deep freeze to put Drew Brees and the Saints on ice.
Heck, bring back the Packers if you must. We weren’t even really trying in Week 17 and we were in a position to win with 2 minutes left.
What do you think of my plan? Can the Bears make it to Dallas for the Super Bowl? Your comments are welcomed and appreciated!