Clay Matthews re-broke is thumb in the Packers’ loss to the Steelers and is not expected to suit up. Multiple reports cite that the Packers have been playing possum with the media in recent weeks and that Aaron Rodgers is nowhere near ready and will not suit up for the game this coming Sunday. Even Packers running back Eddie Lacy, who’s in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year, was injured in the last game and could sit out next week.
Meanwhile, the Bears are at home and have already notched a win over the Packers earlier this season. In the unlikely event of a tie, the Bears would also advance to the postseason.
You could say, “what’s the point, why bother getting to the playoffs? The Bears will just get killed once they get into the playoffs.” That might be true, but it might not be. First, they get a home game by virtue of being a division winner. Anything can happen.
If the playoffs started today, the Bears would be hosting the Saints. What happens to Drew Brees and that Saints offense in the bitter cold of Soldier Field? They’ve struggled outside their cozy dome on the road. A win at home advances to the next round, and as they say, anything can happen. Maybe they catch a Panthers team by surprise like the Panthers did to the Bears back in 2005?
In 2010, the Packers were able to sneak in on the last day of the season and go on a run to a Super Bowl title. It’s not likely, but anything can happen.
It’s the season for miracles. Maybe, just maybe, the Bears can find a miracle of their own.