We’re six days away from knowing the participants for the Super Bowl, which could include two No. 6 seeds for the first time.
For that to happen, the Packers need to beat their oldest rivals in Chicago Sunday. Let the hype begin.
“[Rodgers] looked like the greatest that ever did it,” defensive end Julius Peppers told the Chicago Tribune Sunday. “He’s the greatest. So, you know we have to be at the top of our game to be competitive.”
That seemingly sarcastic start to the week is a reminder that Rodgers has struggled relatively against the Bears. For my early look ahead at the title games on NBCSports.com, I mention that the Bears are actually a bad matchup for Green Bay.
Chicago is one of the few teams that has shown they can slow the Packers down. Their offensive line has also rounded into shape.
Of course, the Packers present matchup problems for any team. Coach Mike McCarthy is on a playcalling roll, and the Packers have the defense to make Bad Jay come out of hiding. This is going to be fun.