Bears v Packers NFC Championship – Biggest Bears Game of ALL TIME!


 

Hey gang, we are embarking on a week of pregame hype that will dwarf all others.  The Packers will come to town to face the Beloved in the the 2010 NFC Championship Game on Sunday.  Personally, I am heading out of the country, so I will get to miss most of the Packer backing by the pundits at ESPN, Peter “Eddie Mush” King and other “experts” and I can’t say I am upset about it. 

The Bears are in a position to legitimize their entire season and I would submit to the class that the game this week is the biggest Bears game of ALL TIME and that includes that glorious day in January in the year 1986 when the Bears shuffled their way to the Lombardi Trophy.  Call me crazy if you want, but check out my rationale after the jump… 

 

Two times a season, we celebrate Packer week, the week the Bears and the foe from up north meet…once in Chicago and once in Green Bay.  This year, for the first time since December 1941, a mere 69 years ago, that we will be celebrating a third Packer week in a season, in the playoffs no less.  The Bears were victorious in that last playoff game and I know we all hope that history repeats itself.  So why is this the biggest Bears game of ALL TIME? 

  • It’s the Packers – whenever we play the Packers, it is huge for the city for bragging rights, respect, etc.  They are our bitter rival and losing to them hurts more than any other loss.  For the rest of time or possibly another 69 years anyway, Packer fans would always wave this game in our faces and they would have every right to do so and that wound would be ripped open each time.
  • Superbowl or Bust – nobody expected us to be in this position, hell many of us on this blog didn’t expect the Bears to finish better than .500 (except yours truly).  Getting to the Superbowl by beating the media darling Packers would cause the “experts” out there to eat a whole lot of humble pie and I thoroughly enjoy watching those guys eat their words.
  • Respect – many of our players and 1 in particular, Jay Cutler, has been much maligned by the media, including Rick Reily, Trent Dilfer and others for the entire season.  Trent Dilfer went so far as to say the Bears have NO CHANCE to win the Superbowl.  I am firmly a Cutler supporter and his outward appearance doesn’t bother me one bit.  He gives to charities and generally does it under the veil of secrecy.  I don’t need him chest thumping about all he does off the field.  I need him focused on Sundays and to keep his name out of the police blotter and so far he has met both of those criteria.
  • Home, sweet home – this game is being played in Chicago for the George S. Halas Trophy…can you imagine having to watch the Halas Trophy being presented to the Packers in Soldier Field?  I fear any Packer fans lingering around will seriously have to fear for their well being.
  • Age adds perspective – I will date myself, but when the Bears won the Superbowl, I was 13 years old.  While I watched the game with my buddies, Boomer was there with me, among others, and we screamed and yelled during the entire game, I am not sure we quite appreciated what we were seeing.  We were just as psyched to run down the street after the game to cash in our McDonald’s game tickets for free Big Macs because the Bears won (anyone remember that promotion?  I remember eating 2 Big Macs myself, along with fries).  Had the Bears lost, as a 13 year old, I think I would have been over the loss a lot quicker than I would if the Bears were to be unsuccessful this Sunday.

CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?!?!?!?!

The DeCon has spoken, so let it be written, so let it be done…

  • Boomer

    DeCon – I’ll grant you that the sting of this game can go a lot deeper if (Papa Bear forbid) it doesn’t go our way, but can’t say this is the biggest Bears game ever.

    The ultimate goal every season is to be the last team standing and hoist the Lombardi trophy. Any time you play for a championship, it’s more important than a game leading up to that. Heck, even in ’06, when we expected the Bears to lose, it was our team on the biggest stage and more important.

    I’ll say this: this is the biggest game played in Chicago in our lifetime, any and all sports included. None of the Bulls, Cubs, Sox or Blackhawk games will compare in magnitude or importance to this one.

  • http://blog.logtar.com Logtar

    AMEN!

  • PackfaninCo

    I think it would be a beautiful sight to see the Pack getting that pretty trophy handed to them in Chicago. Like you said..history repeats itself..we won the last one against you. Go Pack Go

    PS my Dad is a bears fan…a social pariah in Wisconsin!

    • Boomer

      Last time the Bears played the Packers in the playoffs, the Bears won, so what history are you referring to? As far as your dad, shame on him for not raising you right!

      • PackfaninCo

        I was pretty much considering that last game we played you as a playoff lol! For the Pack it was! And we’ve been doing pretty good lately in other peoples stadiums.

  • Chicago Irish

    Good article, but I still have to rank ’85 as bigger for one reason – championship. Let’s say we beat the Pack, but lose the SB (forgive me)…are we really going to be happy? I won’t! Granted, we can always say we beat the Pack, but they can come back with “but you didn’t win the big one”. The ’85 SB was the final exclamation point on a great year – NO ONE could say anything…we were the BEST!! I would agree it is the biggest game in my life from the standpoint of intensity and pure hatred of our opponent.

  • Bart

    You cannot get an Amen from me, my brother. You need to go back in time and check staff predictions. On top of that, go back to your own post where you gave me…what was it, ah yes, kudos, for being the only other BGO staffer for picking the Bears to go to the playoffs. Sorry-couldn’t let you slide on that one. NOW, an AMEN!

  • DHunter

    Sorry Decon, but the ’85 Bears winning SuperBowl XX is still bigger than this game. I know you were a youngster then but that was a team that is still regarded in the Top 3 – depending on the poll participants – NFL teams of all time. Also, that was a culmination to 5 months of just a joyous ride that got better every week. The only regret wasn’t losing to Miami, as many a Bear said that was needed to win it all, but that SB XX wasn’t against Miami. BTW, the result would have been the same.

    Don’t forget, while the Beloved had won Championships prior to ’85, this was the first SuperBowl. We went all in for one unbelievable year foregoing additional SuperBowls with the core of that team.

    I don’t discount this game as being the #2 all time Bear game as we will never see this again. This is a big piece of history in Bear lore.

    Bear Down!!

    • Boomer

      Thank you Hunter. We need an elder statesman to help put this in perspective.

    • chicagoirish5

      The only thing that could have made the ’85 SB better than it was/is…

      1. Played Miami
      2. Pitched a shutout
      3. Payton scored

  • drose1

    CUTLER SUX!!! He’ll lose the game for the bears watch! over or under 2 pick 6′s? I’ll say over!!

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