Seahawks Upset Saints, Bears Should Be Rooting for Packers

As Confucius said, a journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.   That first step toward Dallas and Super Bowl XLV took place on Saturday.  While the Bears were cozied up at home, Wild Card Saturday got the 2011 playoffs underway with a bang.  The worst-ever-in-the-playoff 7-9 Seattle Seahawks pulled a major upset, knocking off the defending world champion New Orleans Saints 41-36 to punch their ticket to the Divisional Round of the playoffs.  Check out the highlights here.

Earlier in the week, I took a stab at what I thought was the ideal path for the Bears to get to Dallas.  Step 1 has been completed with the Seahawks’ upset win.  Now the hard part.  I mean the really, really hard part for Bears fans.  We should be rooting for the Packers to beat the Eagles on Sunday.

Those may have been the hardest words I’ve ever had to type, but it could all be worth it.  If the Packers can pull off the win in Philly, the Seahawks come to Soldier Field.   Even though the Bears lost to Seattle earlier this year, they scare me a hell of a lot less than the Eagles.

For one thing, he Seahawks don’t get to bring their 12th man on the road and they’re not the same away from Qwest.  Second, I like the Bears in a revenge game.  Lovie will have the troops revved up to avenge a tough early-season loss.  Third, the Wild Card win at home was the Seahawks’ Super Bowl.  They proved their point, overcoming a double digit point spread and the jeers of the football world as the “worst playoff team ever” to pull the upset.

Enjoy the matchup on Sunday.

Go Pack but most importantly…


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  • 12th man

    I’ll take that match-up, pretty much for the same reasons as you noted. The Eagles are not a match I want either…would much rather face the Bears. Go HAWKS!

  • Big Frumps

    I dont think it matters who the Seafags play. The Saints defense was terrible. It was a fluke that they won. Dont get all happy hawks fans. Your team still sucks. If the Bears get to play them they will decimate them.

  • Mr. Pickles

    I don’t think I can bring myself to root for the Packers. Maybe I can stomach a Pack win if Aaron Rodgers gets all sorts of banged up.

    • Boomer

      Fair enough. That would be the ideal outcome, right? Pack win but Rodgers gets knocked out late.

  • DHunter

    Guys – be careful what you wish for. Philly has looked terrible the past few weeks – they lost to Joe Webb! – and Vick does not look the same. What worries me about the Seahwks is the Arizona complex from two years ago; getting HOT at the right time.

  • cheetum

    You might think getting the Seahawks is good fortune, but the Seahawks feel the same way about getting the Bears. They could have faced Atlanta, who haven’t lost a home game all year. Instead they face the Bears, who they’ve already beaten at Soldier Field. In fact the Bears have not really been that good at home all year, losing there 3 times and barely winning most of the others.

    The worst part for the Bears is that the are catching the Seahawks at the wrong time, as they are riding high on an emotional hot-streak.

    Be careful what you wish for, your dream-come-true could really be a nightmare in disguise.

    • Boomer

      You make some good points cheetum. Just to be perfectly accurate, the Falcons have lost at home this season to the Saints a couple of Monday nights ago. That said, this is probably a more comfortable matchup for the Seahawks.

      It’s true that the Bears have struggled at home this season but they’re improving. The Seahawks game was probably the low point of the season for the Bears.

      As far as the Seahawks, their emotional high could be a major letdown. Like I said in the post, they’ve already proven their point. Beating the Saints was their Super Bowl. It’s now time to take Cinderella’s slipper and smash it to pieces.