A Bears win puts them in the playoffs. A Packers win gives them home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Both teams have plenty to play for, but early on it’s the Bears who are looking like it.
The Bears got off to a great start today when Cordarrelle Patterson wisely stepped out of bounds just as he was touching the opening kickoff, giving Chicago the ball at the 40-yard line. The Packers challenged, saying Patterson had actually touched the ball first and then stepped out at the 2-yard line. But the call on the field stood.
Now Aaron Rodgers needs to answer, with his MVP candidacy possibly in the balance.