Packers-Bears NFC championship prediction: Thursday

Posted Jan. 20, 2011 @ 11:06 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Every day this week, a different Pro Football Weekly editor will offer a prediction on the NFC championship this Sunday along with a brief explanation supporting his pick. Making Thursday’s pick is PFW associate editor Michael Blunda.

The Bears and the Packers playing for a trip to the Super Bowl — in the football world, it can’t get any bigger than that. But while the hype for this game will be as big as any sporting event in the history of the Windy City, I can’t help but think there will be a lot of angry, dejected fans leaving Soldier Field on Sunday.

Green Bay comes in having beaten four of the NFC’s best teams over the past four weeks, including the Bears in Week 17, and the offense is finally humming after injuries set things back early. While Chicago’s defense will be the best one Aaron Rodgers has faced during his playoff run, the rising star is playing too well right now to be slowed down by any unit.

Although the game will be tight, I see WR James Jones making a game-changing play on a long TD catch, and CB Tramon Williams continuing to be a QB's nightmare by picking off Jay Cutler at a critical point. It will lead to a Super Bowl berth for the Pack — and a long, bitter offseason in Chicago.

Prediction: Packers 27, Bears 20