Why the Packers Playoff Loss Makes Me Angry


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.

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  • UCF_Bear

    I figured you were going to be more upset that a defense constructed under Perry Fewell (who Chicago interviewed for a similar position) played lights out and that’s something we could be benefiting from. No disrespect to Rod Marinelli, he’s made our team superb as well!

  • kpnitrel73

    The author is right… It should have been the chicago bears playing in the NFC championship game. The 2 teams playing this upcoming this weekend everything starts with there defense.

  • UCF_Bear

    I figured you were going to be more upset that a defense constructed under Perry Fewell (who Chicago interviewed for a similar position) played lights out and that’s something we could be benefiting from. No disrespect to Rod Marinelli, he’s made our team superb as well!

  • flowermike

    You guys are deluded. Give SF credit for holding Brees within the Niners capability score wise and more importantly, going for it when they had the chance. SF won that game by attacking the field.

    GB’s defense was exposed on a day that ARodgers was contained. That is all and don’t worry, GB will correct the defense over the offseason. Thats what quality management does, but i don’t blame Bears fans for not being cognizant of that acumen.

    But once again, don’t underestimate how important Eli Manning and an aggressive offense did to expose GB’s weakness. Alex Smith and Eli WON their games.

    To conflate that defense won those games is to miss the whole picture, a Chicago character trait. And remember, we have Lovie coaching, not Coughlin or Harbaugh.

    How many times did GB school us this year? To think we should have been where they were is dillusional on an Angelo level. Hasn’t GB beaten us the last four games? Didn’t NO beat us up this year?

    Maybe boom should craft a fun new way to revisit the ’85 team he seems so fond of doing. It’ll keep the sheep from looking around the meadow at the wolves in hiding. Everythings great and Boom will be ecstatic when Lovie announces Ruskell as his new boss!

  • kpnitrel73

    The author is right… It should have been the chicago bears playing in the NFC championship game. The 2 teams playing this upcoming this weekend everything starts with there defense.

  • Mr.Pickles

    Oh there is nothing about this loss that could make me angry. This squad was anointed with the “dynasty” title the second the clock read 0:00 at last year’s Super Bowl and the media would have us believe they shouldn’t even play the games this year cause a second ring was a forgone conclusion. Seeing the Pack pull a one and done in such dramatic fashion was the next best thing to watching the Bears win a playoff game. In fact the only people I feel sorry for are the ones on the wrong side of the multitude of domestic violence calls the Wisconsin police surely responded to from about halftime on. However, I can’t disagree that the sky was the limit for this Bears squad prior to a flukey Jay Cutler injury. I’ll gladly have endured this disaster of a season if we get a GM that produces a promising draft class (which would certainly NOT be Tim Ruskell).

  • flowermike

    You guys are deluded. Give SF credit for holding Brees within the Niners capability score wise and more importantly, going for it when they had the chance. SF won that game by attacking the field.

    GB’s defense was exposed on a day that ARodgers was contained. That is all and don’t worry, GB will correct the defense over the offseason. Thats what quality management does, but i don’t blame Bears fans for not being cognizant of that acumen.

    But once again, don’t underestimate how important Eli Manning and an aggressive offense did to expose GB’s weakness. Alex Smith and Eli WON their games.

    To conflate that defense won those games is to miss the whole picture, a Chicago character trait. And remember, we have Lovie coaching, not Coughlin or Harbaugh.

    How many times did GB school us this year? To think we should have been where they were is dillusional on an Angelo level. Hasn’t GB beaten us the last four games? Didn’t NO beat us up this year?

    Maybe boom should craft a fun new way to revisit the ’85 team he seems so fond of doing. It’ll keep the sheep from looking around the meadow at the wolves in hiding. Everythings great and Boom will be ecstatic when Lovie announces Ruskell as his new boss!

  • Mr.Pickles

    Oh there is nothing about this loss that could make me angry. This squad was anointed with the “dynasty” title the second the clock read 0:00 at last year’s Super Bowl and the media would have us believe they shouldn’t even play the games this year cause a second ring was a forgone conclusion. Seeing the Pack pull a one and done in such dramatic fashion was the next best thing to watching the Bears win a playoff game. In fact the only people I feel sorry for are the ones on the wrong side of the multitude of domestic violence calls the Wisconsin police surely responded to from about halftime on. However, I can’t disagree that the sky was the limit for this Bears squad prior to a flukey Jay Cutler injury. I’ll gladly have endured this disaster of a season if we get a GM that produces a promising draft class (which would certainly NOT be Tim Ruskell).

  • Phil_X

    “What if” my aunt had a penis….she’d be my uncle.

  • Phil_X

    “What if” my aunt had a penis….she’d be my uncle.