After four seasons in the basement, the Chicago Bears completed their worst-to-first season with a victory last weekend at Minnesota, knocking the rival Vikings out of the playoffs. The Bears reward for winning their division and amassing an excellent 12-4 record? A first round home playoff game with the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Bears fans will have to wait ’til the final of the four games this weekend. Chicago kicks off with Philadelphia at 3:40 pm Sunday (1/6) from Soldier Field. Hear all the action here as usual, with the pregame show with Jeff Joniak and former Bears player Tom Thayer beginning at 3 pm. Watch the video below to hear their game preview.
Gotta hand it to first-year rookie head coach, Matt Nagy. He accomplished more than anyone had a right to expect in his debut season guiding an NFL team, after coming over from Kansas City as the Chiefs offensive coordinator. With second-year QB Mitch Trubisky improving as the season went along, the Bears offense was efficient. And, not surprisingly, the Bears defense was stellar, in fact, the best in the league this year.
Chicago’s defense is the best in many categories, including least points given up, most turnovers forced and most interceptions. And the Bears have won 9 of their last 10 games. Philly, meanwhile, is also hot, having won 5 of its last 6, and the only loss was in OT as Dallas. Eagles backup QB Nick Foles led his team to the title a year ago, but has banged up ribs coming into Sunday’s Wild Card matchup.