It was a great weekend. Both Tim Tebow and the Green Bay Packers got dispatched from the playoffs within a 24-hour period. It’s hard to imagine why I’m upset about the hated rivals from north of the Cheddar Curtain losing, but it’s simple – it should have been the Bears that knocked them out.
As the regular season was winding down, the two teams with the most Super Bowl buzz surrounding them were the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. With both of them joining the rest of us on their couches for the NFC Championship game, it only reinforces the idea that the Bears should be playing this upcoming weekend for the right to bring the Halas Trophy back to Chicago to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Damn you, Jay Cutler, for chasing down Antoine Cason. Damn you, Johnny Knox for falling down (again), leading to the interception. Damn you Soldier Field turf! Damn you all!!!
Cutler’s injury exposed the Bears and put their lack of depth at center stage that ultimately led to Jerry Angelo’s dismissal as GM, so it’s not all bad, but it’s frustrating as hell to think of how wide open the NFC really is had the Bears been able to keep their heads above water to make the playoffs.
Cutler was playing the best football of his Chicago Bears career when he injured his thumb. The offense was averaging over 32 points per game during their 5 game winning streak. The defense was playing at a Super Bowl level. Everything was in place for a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium for Super Bowl XLVI. Instead, I’m forced to choose between the Giants and the 49ers as my NFC team to go get beat by the New England Patriots in Indianapolis.