Last year, the 49ers made an improbable run to the Super Bowl, before falling one play short of reaching the ultimate team goal. They lost to the Baltimore Ravens, a more experienced team that rode momentum all the way to a Championship. This year it’s San Francisco who fits this description and unlike last year, the Niners have everything in place to get past the rest of the NFC.
For the first time since losing the Super Bowl, the Chicago Bears are in the playoffs. But just how far do they need to go to meet their new expectations?
A year ago today, the Chicago Bears held a press conference declaring that they valued continuity, but also wanted drastic changes. As crazy as that sounded at the time, that’s exactly what happened.
The Bears had a shot at the top-seed in the NFC going into the last week of the season, but the Atlanta Falcons beat the Carolina Panthers and enter the playoffs as the NFC favorite.
The Bears ended the season at 11-5, and winners of the NFC North division. As a result they were awarded the number two-seed in the NFC and a first round bye. One of the advantages of that bye is a week to rest and address weaknesses.
No quarterback in Bears’ history has put together a better two-year stretch than Jay Cutler has in his first two season in Chicago. But, Cutler has no playoff experience in his five-year NFL career.
With the start of the NFL Playoffs just one week away, here’s a look at the first round games and the potential matchups in the second round.
Despite not having much to gain from a win over the Packers, this is still a rivalry and the Bears want to end Green Bay’s season on Sunday.
It’s hard not to look too far ahead. With the Bears having locked up the two-seed in the NFC, it’s only natural to envision how far the Bears could go.
There has been some debate as to whether or not the Bears’ starters will play in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, and also if they should play.
The Minnesota Vikings finally did something right this season. By beating the Philadelphia Eagles, the Vikings gave the Bears a guaranteed first round bye in the NFC Playoffs.