A well-known topic to anyone and everyone who knows me is that I'm a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. I won't deny it. But, I will resent the sentiment if anyone calls me a homer for choosing my favorite team to beat the team I dispise the most in the NFL. For one thing, anyone who's watched the Packers their last four games will have seen that they've been playing great on both sides of the ball: with Aaron Rodgers leading the offense and Clay Matthews and Charles Woodson anchoring the defense. They've been hot in the playoffs, to say the least. Rodgers has looked like a man possesed. Never moreso than in the last game in the Pack's 48-21 drubbing of the Falcons: where he went 31-36 for 366 yards and 3 TDs (and he rushed for another). So, to say the Packers look like the most dangerous team in the NFC at the very least is an understatement.
The Bears have also looked like a team deserving of a number two seed. I'll give them that. And, they have the home-field advantage for this championship bout against their bitter rivals to the north. But, one thing I've noticed about the Bears is the inconsistency of their "franchise" QB, Jay Cutler. You just don't know which Cutler you're going to get. The one who lit up the Seahawks (which I'll address further later) or the one who threw 4 picks @ Green Bay a year ago to start the season. That combined with the fact that he'll be facing a very stingy Green Bay defense that is 6th in the NFL in turnovers and I believe tied for second in scoring defense means he can be in for a very long day.
What I said I would address later: the Bears demolition of the Seahawks defense. Like everyone I know who watched the Saints-Seahawks game two weeks ago, I was rooting for the Seahawks and was suprised to see them win. However, I honestly believe where the game was played directly corrolated with their victory. That combined with the Saints defense (or, rather: lack there of) allowed the Seahawks to move on and play in Chicago. But, as the Seahawks got beaten worse than what the score would indicate, it was clear as to why the Seahawks had one of the worst defenses in the NFL during the regular season as well as a losing record. Needless to say, the Bears got the lucky end of the stick in playing the Seahawks as they aren't even in the same category or zip code of the Green Bay Packers; injuries and all.
With all this being said, I don't care that the game's in Chicago. I don't care that Chicago's getting cocky. I don't care that there are NFL analysts (still) picking the home team vs the Pack. It's all about that Sunday and, there's no team I'd rather beat than the Bears to go to the Super Bowl. Oh, and getting to hoist the NFC Championship trophy in Chicago would be absolutely priceless. I'm predicting a Packers victory in a pretty close contest: 31-17. Enjoy and GO PACK GO!!!!