Just over three weeks ago within the walls of Lambeau Field there was a growing rumble of words becoming clearer every second. There were a few minutes left in the game versus the Giants, but the crowd was already looking forward. The Packer nation had spoken.
“The Bears Still Suck”
We wanted another shot at those opportunistic sons of bitches. They stole a division title that should have been ours. Instead a few mistakes and some ill-timed injuries practically gifted the Bears with the NFC North crown. The essential idea was that Bears didn’t so much win the division, but the Packers just lost it.
Two weeks ago was an intense release of frustrations. The Packers needed a win to get in and they just happened to be playing the team that stole what was rightfully theirs. Lovie Smith had his starters playing the whole time in a game that meant nothing to his team. However, we would soon learn why he tried everything in his power to win that game. There is no way in hell that he wanted to play these Green Bay Packers.
The Packers were now a different team than they were in September. They were no longer disjointed and undisciplined. They had overcome the rash of injuries. This team was now a force to be reckoned with. These Green Bay Packers were dangerous. That game in week 17 was not meaningless for the Bears after all. If they wanted to make it to the Super Bowl, they had to stop the Packers from being on the other side of the bracket.
Only the Packers weren’t going to have any of that nonsense. The defense shut the Bears down while the offense scored in the clutch. All they had to do was get in the playoffs. Once that happened, the regular season didn’t matter. The playoffs is where the question of “who is better” is sorted out.
This Sunday we will get our answer once and for all. The rightful winner of the division will be crowned. The best in the NFC will be known. The oldest rivalry in professional football would write its most epic chapter yet. There is no better way to settle this feud than to play in the NFC championship game.
The truth is that the Bears don’t actually suck. They were good enough to get the job done this season. They were good enough to get a win over the Pack. They were good enough to earn a first round bye. They are not to be taken lightly, but that isn’t anything I would worry about with this Packers team.
By the end of the game third quarter this week, most Packers fans were looking towards the next game. The same reaction overcame majority of the cheese-head nation. Sure, we would love to knock around the Seahawks, but that wasn’t going to satisfy our need to prove a point. We wanted them one more time. We WANTED the Bears. We would not be satisfied if it was any other team. I can’t think of any other way this season could become any more storied.
Bring on the history…
Bring on the rivalry…
Bring on the feud….
Bring on the Bears….
Is it Sunday yet?