I’ve made this analogy before, but it seems especially fitting tonight. We’ve all watched those cheesy (pun intended) horror flicks, where the scurrying teenagers think they’ve killed the bad guy and let their guard down, only to have the villain rise out of nowhere to get them before they finally get it in the end. That is what happened to the Chicago Bears and frankly a lot of the NFC.
The Green Bay Packers had no business being in a position to clinch the division and a postseason berth, but here they were a Soldier Field with a win and in game. Enter the bad guy, a rusty Aaron Rodgers, who last played against these same Bears in Week 9. He’d been left for dead any number of times and the Packers were ready to pull the plug on his season, but between Bears and Lions losses and a couple of choice wins – and that damn tie against the Vikings – and here they were with the playoffs within reach. The script was written for a storybook comeback for Rodgers.
Of course, the Bears played their part to a tee, with a healthy dose of help from the referees and the Packers left Soldier Field with a 33-28 win and a trip to the postseason for a rematch against the San Francisco 49ers. Hit the next page for my thoughts on the game.