By Dan Bernstein
CBSChicago.com Senior Columnist
(CBS) — Delusions of grandeur danced in the back of your mind like so many sugarplum fairies. Admit it.
It was understandable, as the holiday gifts rolled in from around the league. We began considering playoff opponents, mapping out potential paths through the NFC. And Lance Briggs was not only once again active, but starting, bolstering the reeling defense.
Wacky outcomes involving divisional foes acted like intoxicants, turning us into idiots for a while.
Most of us were already emotionally exhausted well before the ball kicked off in Philadelphia, our thumbs sore from hitting the “PREV” button to toggle between Steelers and Packers in the snow and Giants at Lions on the carpet, tracking every ramification back to noon, even, with the Cowboys/Redskins outcome potentially influencing the Eagles’ motivation.